Celebrating 13 Years of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
Site Reuse Spotlights
Successful collaboration between the EPA and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has resulted in ecological conservation, educational programs and year-round recreational opportunities for the community in Warrenville, Illinois.
Previous Site Reuse Spotlights
About Superfund Redevelopment
Superfund Redevelopment at EPA helps communities return some of the nation's worst hazardous waste sites to safe and productive uses. In addition to cleaning up these Superfund sites and making them protective of human health and the environment, the Agency is working with communities and other partners in considering future use opportunities and integrating appropriate reuse options into the cleanup process. The Agency is also working with communities at sites that have already been cleaned up to ensure long-term stewardship of site remedies and to promote reuse. More about the program...
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- Haywood Vocational Opportunities Wins the Excellence in Reuse Award for the Reuse of the Benfield Industries Site
On April 15, 2013, EPA Region 4 honored Haywood Vocational Opportunity (HVO) with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their role in the cleanup and redevelopment of the Benfield Industries site in Waynesville, North Carolina. The redevelopment of the former industrial property enhanced the EPA’s selected remedy and resulted in the development of a valuable resource for the surrounding community and Haywood County as a whole. HVO is now the fifth largest employer in Haywood County, employing 345 people while also improving the lives of those with disabilities.
News Article: HVO receives Excellence in Site Reuse Award from the EPA
- Recreational Reuse and Cleanup Savings in Southern Georgia (PDF) (12 pp, 5.8MB, About PDF)
The reuse of the former Camilla Wood Preserving Company site in Camilla, Georgia, provides a range of community benefits. Today, hundreds of area youth and adults participate in soccer and football leagues on site. Site reuses also include an aerobics classroom, office space forthe local parks and recreation department, a concession stand, lights and parking. Integration of remedy and reuse also streamlined the Superfund process and provided substantial cost savings. Original cleanup costs were estimated at over $100 million; they are now $14.4 million.
- New Public Facilities Meeting Community Needs in Central Arkansas (PDF) (12 pp, 6.8MB, About PDF)
The Vertac, Inc. site, a once-contaminated chemical manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas, is now a source of community pride. Site reuses provide vital community services, including recycling services and education opportunities for area residents. Other land uses include a new fire training center, police department offices and an emergency operations center. Facilities on site currently employ 40 people, providing annual employment income of about $1.76 million.
Program Related News
- Superfund Reuse: Bringing New Opportunities to Communities (PDF) (20 pp, 11.2MB, About PDF)
This 2013 update to the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Brochure offers updated program information, tools, resources and contact information. The brochure also shares exciting reuse successes from all ten EPA Regions.
- SRI is pleased to announce the posting of 13 new Return to Use demonstration projects for 2012. Some highlights of these new demonstration projects include, a new application of the Ready for Reuse Determination tool, how ongoing EPA support is needed for sites to continue in productive use, the proactive role potentially responsible parties can play in supporting reuse, the critical role institutional controls play in outlining reuse opportunities and ensuring long-term protectiveness, prospective new EPA partners and more.
- Innovative Redevelopment at Superfund Sites: Supporting Healthy, Sustainable and Equitable Communities (PDF) (10 pp, 6.9MB, About PDF)
The EPA has just published a series of fact sheets highlighting innovative projects at Superfund sites that are supporting healthy, sustainable and equitable communities. Topics covered include renewable energy, ecological revitalization, mixed-use redevelopment, recreation, green infrastructure, green buildings and landscapes, and environmental education. The fact sheets include project examples from across the United States as well as resources available to interested communities.
More information about the sustainable reuse of Superfund sites will be posted on SRI’s website soon.
- On March 19, 2013, SRI hosted a webinar entitled Ecological Revitalization of Contaminated Properties. This webinar provided an overview of the benefits of ecological revitalization, as well as the EPA tools and resources available to aid in the successful ecological reuse of Superfund sites. Presenters discussed technical considerations regarding ecological revitalization during different stages of the cleanup and present an in-depth case study of the Chemical Commodities Inc. Superfund site. Please go to Clu-In to view the archived version of the webinar.