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 Davis Timber Company Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 201K, About PDF) Community vision and site owner commitment to reuse have resulted in the successful return to use of the Davis Timber Superfund site in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Redevelopment of Oeser Company Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 192K) Collaborative cleanup efforts and master planning activities by the City of Bellingham, Washington, enabled the restoration of Little Squalicum Park on the Oeser Co. Superfund site.
Superfund Site Reuse Snapshot of the Month: Palmerton Zinc Pile
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- 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).
- Cleanup of the 38-acre Waste Disposal, Inc. (WDI) Superfund site in Santa Fe Springs, California allowed for the continued operation of diverse commercial and light industrial facilities on the site. Today, the site supports manufacturing facilities, an equipment rental company, vehicle maintenance facilities, construction firms and a sound recording studio. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Waste Disposal, Inc. Superfund Site (PDF) (6pp, 752K).
- The reuse and continued use of the Peterson/Puritan, Inc. Superfund site in the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln, Rhode Island shows how integrating remediation and redevelopment can create a wide range of opportunities for communities. Today, the site supports fifty commercial and industrial businesses and the Town of Cumberland’s Animal Control Department. The Blackstone River State Park and National Heritage Corridor are also located on site. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Peterson/Puritan, Inc. Superfund Site (PDF) (10pp, 1.3MB).
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