Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Progress Report 2011:
Spurring Development and Green Jobs
Former military bases often require extensive cleanup before they can be put to productive reuse. EPA is working with the military and regional agencies to advance cleanup, clearing the way for more sustainable development.
Redevelopment at the McClellan Air Force Base Superfund site took a major step forward in 2010 with the transfer of more than 80 parcels, totaling 560 acres, to Sacramento County, Calif.
The county transferred the parcels to a developer, McClellan Business Park, which is now responsible for cleanup. Among its tenants are businesses supporting hundreds of green jobs. The Sacramento Region now ranks #1 in California clean-tech job growth.
Revitalizing Route 66
Leaking underground storage tanks are a hazard in many places – including Winslow, Arizona. Recovery Act funding through EPA helped clean them up, creating jobs and spurring revitalization. Watch the video »
The Department of Defense is funding cleanup of contaminated groundwater and soil at the former McClellan Air Force Base. EPA, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board are overseeing cleanup by McClellan Business Park to ensure protection of public health and the environment.
In April 2011, EPA will propose the cleanup plan for 51 parcels transferred last year. Plans have already been approved and are being implemented by McClellan Business Park for some of the other transferred sites.
Among the green tech companies on the recently transferred McClellan Business Park property:
- ZETA Communities, makers of ultra energy-efficient modular homes, added 200 jobs. ZETA’s state-of-the-art, 91,000-square-foot facility serves the entire Western region.
- N Solar Inc., part of South Korea-based Millinet Solar, is setting up its U.S. manufacturing plant, creating 150 jobs.
- Advanced Data Center’s new LEED-certified building will use 67% less energy than the industry average.
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