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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Success Stories

Return to Use Demonstration Projects

EPA is working with stakeholders at Superfund sites that have been cleaned up yet remain vacant due to real or perceived barriers to their reuse. At many of these sites, these stakeholders are joining with the Agency to move forward with reuse in a manner that does not interfere with the cleanup remedy and maintains protectiveness of human health and the environment at the site. These site-specific partnerships are key elements of "demonstration projects" for the Agency's Return to Use (RTU) Initiative. Following are Region 6 RTU sites:

More Success Stories

Below, read about more success stories made available by Region 6 or click on the links to learn more about the sites. Note: Success stories are not available for all redeveloped sites.

Taking a Closer Look: Many Diversified Industries

The 36-acre Many Diversified Interests, Inc. (MDI) site (the Site) in Houston, Texas was a hub of industrial activity for decades. Two metal-casting foundries had created specialty molded steel parts for industrial, railroad and mining operations, and a chemical recycling facility also operated on the Site until the businesses closed in 1992. Due to contamination of soils with lead and other metals, the Site was added to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) in January 1999. The Site was put up for auction in 2005 and EPA entered into negotiations with a bidder, Clinton-Gregg Investments, to define the cleanup roles and responsibilities that the company would have as a non-liable party at the Site. The result was the first bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP) agreement in the nation, which was used to confirm the components, requirements and timeframes for the Site's cleanup, while addressing liability concerns and financial issues. Clinton-Gregg Investments purchased the property in 2005 under the BFPP agreement and have actively supported cleanup activities at the Site. Source materials, debris and contaminated soils were excavated, treated and disposed of off site and ground water restrictions were put in place to prevent exposure to site contaminants. The site remedy construction was completed in August 2009 and ground water monitoring activities will continue at the Site. Clinton-Gregg Investments has plans to for constructing a mixed use development at the Site and EPA is currently considering a partial deletion from the NPL for areas of the Site where cleanup goals have been achieved. 2008 MDI Case Study (PDF) (12 pp, 3.1MB, About PDF)

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