Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, marks 15 years since former EPA Administrator Carol Browner announced the creation of a new initiative to restore Superfund sites to productive use. EPA announced the formation of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative at the Avtex Fibers Superfund site in Front Royal, Virginia. The Avtex site continues to showcase how the local Economic Development Authority, responsible parties for cleanup and the community can work with EPA to return Superfund sites to beneficial use. Today, Avtex is one of over 800 Superfund sites across the nation supporting continued use, active reuse or planned reuse activities. On this fifteenth anniversary, SRI remains committed to working with communities to support the appropriate and beneficial return to use of all Superfund sites.
Highlighting Superfund Reuse Success
Site Reuse Spotlight:
Redevelopment of Plainwell Paper portion of the Allied paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 735K, About PDF) A successful public-private partnership has resulted in the historic preservation, adaptive reuse and mixed-use redevelopment of the Plainwell Paper portion of the Allied paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo Superfund site in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Superfund Site Reuse Snapshot of the Month: Vertac, Inc.
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
On September 20, 2014, EPA recognized FMC Corporation, Warren County and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Association with the EPA Region III Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their revitalization efforts at the Avtex Fibers Superfund site in Front Royal, Virginia. A day-long event celebrated the return to use of this property with members of the community, including former Avtex Fibers employees and several local, state and federal government dignitaries.
News Article: Community, state leaders celebrate Avtex site's return
The City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, aims to source 60 percent of its electricity needs through solar power. On September 19, 2014, developer SunEdison Inc. announced the completion of the second of three solar arrays for the City. The developer constructed the newest 1.8 megawatt solar array on about 10 acres of land at the Sullivan’s Ledge Superfund site.
News Article: SunEdison Announces Completion of 1.8 Megawatt Solar Electric System on Superfund Site
- On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks presented the Leading Environmentalism and Forwarding Sustainability (L.E.A.F.S.) award to Walmart and to the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association for the reuse of the Kansas City Structural Steel Site. This former industrial site is now a Walmart Neighborhood Market, bringing new jobs and opportunity to the community.
- A public-private partnership in Plainwell, Michigan, has restored a vital part of the region’s economy, history and heritage. The 36-acre Plainwell Paper Mill, part of the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site, is now home to renovated office space. A former dewatering facility has become the city’s public safety building. The area is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the city is focused on bringing trails and new residential and commercial ventures to the site. Case Study: Historic Preservation and Mixed-Use Superfund Redevelopment, The Plainwell Paper Mill (PDF) (16 pp, 1.7MB)
Program Related News
- The Pilot Framework for Integrating Community Health and Wellness into the Superfund Reuse Assessment Process (PDF) (46 pp, 13.0MB) summarizes a pilot framework for integrating health, prevention and wellness considerations during the Superfund reuse assessment process. This integration may facilitate identification of possible reasonably anticipated future land uses (RAFLUs). Establishing these RAFLUs can then help identify opportunities to supplement and expand existing health assets for neighborhoods impacted by Superfund sites, and over time contribute to improved physical, mental and social well-being for these communities.
- On September 10, 2014, SRI hosted Capped Superfund Site Reuse: In-Depth Case Studies – the fourth webinar in SRI's 2014 Quarterly Webinar Series. The archived webinar is available online.
- Compelling Journeys, New Opportunities: 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment
- Progress in Communities – Commemorating 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment