RCRA Cleanup and Land Revitalization Examples
Cleanup and revitalization of properties contaminated with hazardous waste is a priority at EPA and with our State partners. Facilities requiring corrective action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), i.e., corrective action sites, which are no longer continuing their current industrial or waste management operations can offer many opportunities for reuse. Likewise, individual, community or developer interest in reusing a RCRA property can provide much needed momentum and resources towards clean up. As more RCRA facilities successfully move through clean up and into new uses, we are gaining experience on useful approaches.
When a RCRA site, or portion of a RCRA site (parcel), is no longer needed for current operations, it can be cleaned up and, when there is interest, reused. Facility owners and operators, developers, and local interests all play a part in returning portions of facilities no longer in operation to productive use. Sometimes, especially with the larger sites, parcels of the property may provide special reuse opportunities (e.g., riverfront location, road or rail access, community reuse interest). Many parcels may be uncontaminated or can be cleaned up on a shorter schedule than the entire facility. In these instances, the parcel may be cleaned up and reused while remaining the portion of the facility continues to operate as a regulated facility adhering to corrective action obligations, or is being cleaned up on a slower schedule.
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Examples of successful approaches to moving RCRA facilities or portions of RCRA facilities through clean up to reuse.
- DuPont-Remington Arms, Lonoke, AR (PDF) (3 pp, 19K)
- Former Atlantic Steel – now Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA (PDF) (3 pp, 25K)
- Former Brass Facility - now Eljer Park, Marysville, OH (PDF) (2 pp, 14K)
- Former Rhone-Poulenc Industrial site, Tukwila, WA (PDF) (3 pp, 20K)
- BP Casper Former Refinery, Casper, WY (PDF) (5 pp, 32K)
- Union Pacific/Omaha Convention Center (PDF) (3 pp, 17K)
- Allied Signal (Honeywell Inc.), Baltimore, MD
- Bethlehem Works, Bethlehem, PA
- Elf Atochem, Cornwells Heights, PA
- GSA Southeast Federal Center, Washington, DC
- PECO, Chester, PA
- US Steel Fairless Works, Fairless Hills, PA