Private Sector PRPs Collaborate with EPA to Move Site Reuse Forward
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- The Kennecott Utah Copper Company (Kennecott) realized the value of effective land reuse (PDF) (4 pp, 255K) and, by employing a cooperative and innovative approach, avoided listing the Kennecott Mining Site in Salt Valley, Utah on the NPL. Under EPA oversight, Kennecott cleaned up extensive contamination on thousands of acres to create a safe environment for redevelopment, resulting in environmental, social, regulatory, and economic benefits. The Kennecott Land Company has redeveloped 4,126 acres of the site into the Daybreak community, which includes homes and businesses constructed according to EPA Energy Star efficiency guidelines, as well as parks, a recreational lake, pedestrian-friendly town centers, shops, churches, schools and mass transit.
- The Southside Sanitary Landfill (PDF) (4 pp, 255K) site in Indianapolis, Indiana is harnessing landfill methane gas to support the energy needs of multiple local businesses. Site owners, South Side Landfill, Inc., began researching the potential for utilizing landfill gas from the more than 200-acre landfill in the 1980s and worked with EPA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management to make that potential a reality. Today the landfill provides power to several commercial and industrial enterprises including a Rolls Royce airplane turbine engine plant and the largest glass greenhouse in North America. These innovative commercial and industrial operations on the Site provide the community with jobs and increase local tax revenue.
- At the H.O.D. Landfill (PDF) (16 pp, 1.2MB) site in Antioch, Illinois, Waste Management, Inc. implemented an innovative design to help support the development of sports fields for a local school. EPA provided a Ready for Reuse Determination (PDF) (82 pp, 1.5MB) and provided reuse planning assistance for the site. Waste Management, Inc. took on extra expenditures to facilitate reuse, such as performing an additional Baseline Risk Assessment.
- Daimler Chrysler put underutilized land at the Rose Township Dump (PDF) (1 pg, 258K) site in Rose Township, Michigan to use as part of a biodiesel fuel research project. The development of sustainable biofuels is advancing Michigan’s alternative energy technology industry toward finding a homegrown solution to energy, environmental and economic challenges.
- Through a coordinated approach with EPA and state regulatory agencies to ensure the effectiveness and protectiveness of the site’s ongoing cleanup, Aerojet installed a solar farm to help power a site remedy at the Aerojet General Corporation (PDF) (14 pp, 3.5MB) site in Sacramento, California. In addition to powering the Site’s extensive ground water remediation program, the solar farm also reduces Aerojet’s carbon footprint and improves energy usage as part of parent company GenCorp’s Sustainability Initiative.
- Occidental Petroleum Corporation is one of multiple PRPs at dozens Superfund sites across the country. Some of these sites have already been returned to beneficial use, such as a senior housing facility on the Love Canal site and a commercial roofing business at the Centre County Kepone site, and the Corporation has expressed its commitment to return all 39 of its sites to productive reuse.