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 Spotlights:
Redevelopment of Asbestos Dump Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 309K, About PDF) The Asbestos Dump Superfund site in Millington, New Jersey, once contaminated with asbestos, now supports restored wetlands within the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Redevelopment of the BMI-Textron and Trans Circuits, Inc. Superfund Sites (PDF) (1 pg, 594K) Today, at both the BMI-Textron and Trans Circuits, Inc. sites in Lake Park, Florida, a company manufactures turbine components that are used internationally, supporting production of green energy as well as conventional energy resources.
Superfund Site Reuse Snapshot of the Month: Palmerton Zinc Pile
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- 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)
- The 7-acre General Mills/Henkel Corp. Superfund site in Minneapolis, Minnesota now supports over 50 small businesses, adding cultural vitality to the area and bolstering the local economy. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: General Mills/Henkel Corp. Superfund Site (PDF) (6 pp, 877K).
On August 7, 2014, EPA Region 4 celebrated the transformation of the Martin-Marietta Sodyeco Superfund site in Charlotte, North Carolina, into ReVenture Park , an eco-industrial park that aims to attract green companies promoting clean energy, alternative fuels and recycling. EPA recognized site developer, Forsite Development, with a Region 4 Excellence in Site Reuse Award at a ceremony attended by more than 170 people.
Video: The Story of ReVenture Park
News Article: ReVenture Park unveiling celebrates green industry built on brownfields site
News Article: Eco-industrial park near Mount Holly gaining steam
- Collaboration and cooperation among EPA and site stakeholders at the FMC Corp. (Yakima Pit) Superfund Site in Yakima, Washington led to the site’s successful cleanup and redevelopment. Today, a home-and-garden business and a recreational vehicle (RV) repair facility operate on the site. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: FMC Corp. (Yakima Pit) Superfund Site (PDF) (4 pp, 772K).
- Digging out from a century of mining-related contamination, Butte, Montana, has created a more sustainable future built on the community’s energy and a diversified economy. Local governments worked closely with EPA and the State of Montana on the cleanup. Today, mixed-use redevelopment – new housing, business areas, a community park – is flourishing. Learn more in the case study Building on Mining History: Cleanup, Reuse and Community Resilience at the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund Site in Butte, Montana (PDF) (17 pp, 6.0MB).
- A new park in Libby, Montana, represents a remarkable milestone for the community. Many residents and workers were exposed to asbestos contamination from a nearby mine. Following an innovative cleanup that integrated remedy and reuse, Riverfront Park honors their memory and provides shared public space to celebrate the community’s future. Learn more in the case study Out of the Dust: Recreational Reuse After Vermiculite Mining at the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site in Libby, Montana (PDF) (18 pp, 2.5MB).
Program Related News
- On July 16, 2014, SRI hosted Reuse Opportunities on Capped Superfund Sites -- the third 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