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EPA in Oklahoma

Cleanups in Oklahoma

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.

Brownfields Success Stories highlight the accomplishments of EPA brownfields grantees.

Grantee accomplishments across Oklahoma:

  • Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa
  • Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah
  • Cimarron Site, Sand Springs
  • Dowell Center, Oklahoma City
  • Love Link Ministries, Inc., Oklahoma City
  • Mayo Hotel, Tulsa
  • Saline Courthouse, Rose
  • Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City
  • Vintage Lake Apartments, City of the Village

A Target Brownfields Assessment (TBA) is a free service the EPA Region 6 Brownfields Team provides to communities to support their eligible brownfields projects. These services include brownfield inventories, area-wide planning, site environmental assessments and investigations, and site cleanup planning.

To learn more about brownfields in Oklahoma, visit the Region 6 Brownfields web page.

In 1988, Congress established a process to realign and close surplus military property and return the property for local economic development. The process required the President to establish the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The Secretary of Defense proposed a list of bases for closure and realignment. The Commission held public hearings and reported its findings to the President. The President had 15 days to approve or disapprove. After approval, the recommendations were sent to Congress, which had 45 days to disapprove or the recommendations became law. There have been five Base Closure rounds: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2005.

The latest round of Closures do NOT include any facilities in Oklahoma.

Land Revitalization (LR) efforts revive previously contaminated properties for productive uses such as public parks, restoring wetlands and establishing new businesses. Revitalizing previously contaminated properties helps reinvigorate communities, preserve greenspace and prevent sprawl.

To learn more about Land Revitalization in Oklahoma, visit the Region 6 Land Revitalization web page.

The Hazardous Waste (RCRA) Corrective Action Program requires investigation and cleanup of releases of hazardous wastes and hazardous constituents that pose an unacceptable risk at RCRA hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities. Facility evaluations, conducted by EPA or the state, are based on human health and environmental risks posed by actual or potential releases to the environment, potential migration pathways, target receptors and waste characteristics. EPA and the states designate facilities as either high, medium, or low priority.

The EPA South Central Region (Region 6) developed a Corrective Action Strategy (CAS) guideline to accelerate corrective action at RCRA facilities.

 

Ready for Reuse encourages cleanups that will quickly support protective redevelopment opportunities. As part of this program, EPA and/or the states provide a regulatory "determination" that affirms that the conditions on the site are protective of human health and the environment based on the current and planned future use(s) of the property.

View a complete list of Site-Specific Determinations in Oklahoma.

Superfund Redevelopment in Oklahoma helps local communities return contaminated Superfund sites to safe and productive uses. EPA is working with these communities and other stakeholders - prospective purchasers, local governments - to consider reuse opportunities and to integrate appropriate reuse options into the cleanup process. Learn more about Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

Sites in Reuse in Oklahoma

Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. EPA is committed to ensuring that these hazardous waste sites are cleaned up to protect the environment and the health of all Americans.

Superfund Sites in Oklahoma

Superfund Site City County
Compass Industries (Avery Drive) Sand Springs Tulsa
Double Eagle Refinery Co. Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Fourth Street Abandoned Refinery Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Hardage/Criner Criner McClain
Hudson Refinery Cushing Payne
Imperial Refining Ardmore Carter
Mosley Road Sanitary Landfill   Oklahoma
National Zinc Co. Bartlesville Washington
Oklahoma Refining Co. Cyril Caddo
Sand Springs Petrochemical Complex Sand Springs Tulsa
Tar Creek   Ottawa
Tenth Street Dump/Junkyard Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Tinker Air Force Base Midwest City Oklahoma
Tulsa Fuel & Manufacturing Collinsville Tulsa
Wilcox Oil Company Bristow Creek