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Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Quarterly Webinar Series

SRI hosts a series of quarterly webinars on redevelopment of Superfund sites across the country. These webinars discuss the different types of reuse that are possible and share how particular Superfund sites have become reuse success stories. All webinars are free and open to the public. Archived versions of previous SRI webinars can also be accessed below.

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Upcoming SRI Webinars

Optimizing Renewable Energy Reuse on Superfund sites
Thursday, May 6th, 2021; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Renewable energy resources are an important part of America’s energy security and environmental sustainability. Development of renewable energy resources combats climate change by replacing carbon-intensive energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also providing public and private benefits for communities by creating jobs and promoting sustainable investment. Superfund sites can be well suited for renewable energy production, and EPA has tools and resources available to support site reuse. This webinar will highlight a variety of renewable energy projects and discuss technical assistance available to support renewable energy reuse on Superfund sites.
SRP Webinar - Optimizing Renewable Energy Reuse on Superfund Sites (PDF)(1 pg, 2.9 MB, About PDF)


Previous SRI Webinars

2021

April
Equitable Redevelopment and Environmental Justice
Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

One of EPA’s key objectives is to make sure everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards. Given that Superfund sites disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income communities, the Superfund redevelopment process provides an opportunity to facilitate equitable redevelopment by involving impacted communities in the planning process and identifying how to reduce burdens and increase benefits through the redevelopment process. This webinar will discuss strategies for incorporating equitable redevelopment and environmental justice into Superfund site cleanup and redevelopment. The webinar will cover the key components of equitable redevelopment, the role EPA, local government and developers can play in equitable redevelopment, examples of equitable redevelopment and EPA tools and resources available to address environmental justice at Superfund sites.
SRP Webinar - Equitable Redevelopment and Environmental Justice (PDF)(1 pg, 1.6 MB)
 

March
Opportunity Zones and Superfund Sites
Friday, March 12, 2021; 1:00 PM-3:00 PM (EST)

Qualified Opportunity Zones are census tracts of low-income and distressed communities designated by state governors and certified by the Department of Treasury. Opportunity Zone tax benefits can attract private investment into economically distressed communities to create businesses and jobs. Nearly 35 million Americans live in communities designated as Opportunity Zones and there are over 300 Superfund National Priorities List sites and potentially thousands of Superfund removal sites located in or partially in Opportunity Zones. Redevelopment of current or former Superfund sites may qualify for Opportunity Zone tax benefits. This webinar will discuss Opportunity Zone tax benefits in the context of redeveloping Superfund sites and other types of contaminated properties and how communities, local governments and developers can utilize these benefits.
SRI Webinar - Opportunity Zones and Superfund Sites (PDF)(1 pg, 4 MB)

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2020

September
Answering the Bell: A Developer’s Perspective on the Expanding Market and Opportunities for Superfund Redevelopment
Wednesday, September 30th, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Interested in creative site redevelopment strategies from an experienced developer? During this webinar, Michael Goldstein, a pioneer in contaminated property redevelopment, will share why he thinks there is such intense interest in Superfund site redevelopment. From his vast experience and accomplishments as a Brownfield and Superfund site developer, attorney, and fund manager, he will discuss his views on the future market trends, collaboration with EPA and investment opportunities for Superfund redevelopment. The webinar will also provide real-life lessons learned and tips for private developers and local governments seeking to redevelop Superfund sites.
SRI Webinar - Answering the Bell: A Developer's Perspective on the Expanding Market and Opportunities for Superfund Redevelopment (PDF)(1 pg, 5 MB)

July
Collaborating with Colleges and Universities for Redevelopment Opportunities
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
The College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) provides a creative approach by partnering and delivering technical assistance from local colleges and universities to small underserved communities at no cost to the communities. EPA Region 4 has successfully collaborated with colleges and universities to assist communities in pursuing redevelopment opportunities and plans at sites in the Region. This webinar will share best practices and lessons learned as well as share the perspectives of the partnered colleges and universities.
SRI Webinar: Collaborating with Colleges and Universities for Redevelopment Opportunities (PDF)(1 pg, 6 MB, About PDF)

June
Cleanup and Redevelopment of Removal Action Sites in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area
Friday, June 12th, 2020; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Each year, thousands of emergencies involving hazardous substances are reported in the United States. Emergencies range from small-scale spills to large incidents requiring prompt actions and evacuation of nearby populations. In response to these emergencies, EPA conducts short-term cleanups – called removal actions – to protect human health and the environment. This webinar will highlight EPA’s involvement at removal action sites and examples of successful removal action site redevelopment in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The webinar will share lessons learned and information for those interested in Superfund site reuse and commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial redevelopment.
SRI Webinar: Cleanup and Redevelopment of Removal Action Sites in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area (PDF)(1 pg, 1.1 MB)

April
A Developer’s Perspective on Superfund Site Redevelopment
Tuesday April 21st, 2020; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Interested in creative site redevelopment strategies from an experienced developer? The Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant and FMC Corp. Superfund sites designed and manufactured advanced naval weapons. The developer has built a business industrial park in four phases. Hyde Development worked with Minnesota’s environmental agency to enroll the property encompassing the site in the state’s Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup Program. Using this alternative cleanup mechanism enabled close coordination between the cleanup and development design stages to support a phased cleanup approach that would allow for phased redevelopment construction. Part of Superfund Redevelopment’s roundtable webinar series, this training will focus on opportunities, benefits, strategies, liability protections and risk management for partnerships between developers, and local and state governments. This interactive session will include robust Q&A as well as an opportunity for participants to share their perspectives on how to encourage more and faster Superfund site redevelopment across the country. Presenters will answer questions about available resources and support, share best practices and update participants on the latest tools and guidance.
SRI Webinar: A Developer's Perspective on Superfund Site Redevelopment (PDF)(1 pg, 4.1 MB)

January
The Brilliant & Profitable Role of Conservation Easements in Superfund Site Redevelopment 
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM (EST)
SRI Webinar: The Brilliant & Profitable Role of Conservation Easements in Superfund Site Redevelopment (PDF)(1 pg, 8 MB)

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2019

September
Successful Superfund Redevelopment & the Prospective Purchaser Inquiry Tool: Solitron Microwave Site Case Study
Friday, September 27, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Location, location, location...and liability protection! EPA works with bona fide prospective purchasers to help them understand liability protections and any site use restrictions in order to successfully develop Superfund sites during and after cleanup. This webinar uses the real world example of the Solitron Microwave Superfund site to provide an overview of liability protections and best practices to successfully redevelop Superfund sites across the nation.
SRI Webinar: Successful Superfund Redevelopment & the Prospective Purchaser Inquiry Tool: Solitron Microwave Site Case Study (PDF)(1 pg, 1.8 MB)

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2018

August
Superfund and Cultural Competence - Building a Foundation for Effective Community Engagement
August 2nd, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT
This webinar shared how understanding cultural competence skills and tools can help people connect across difference or perceived difference and work together more effectively. This webinar deepened participants’ understanding of what culture is and how it impacts Superfund work, and demonstrated through a series of case studies how becoming culturally competent can improve remedial outcomes, prepare job trainees for successfully entering the workforce, and improve dynamics of remedial teams whose members have different areas of expertise.

February
Bringing Industrial Reuse to Superfund Sites
February 27th, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT
This webinar shared how EPA plays a central role in facilitating the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated industrial sites by bringing together key parties. EPA works with stakeholders to negotiate settlement agreements, resolve competing liens and ensure future reuse is compatible with the cleanup. Collaborative work at two industrial sites, the Buckbee-Mears site in Cortland, New York, and the Tex Tin Superfund site in Texas City, Texas, positioned them for successful industrial reuse outcomes, advancing economic development opportunities throughout the community.

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2017

June
Opportunities for Reuse at Capped Sites
June 14th, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
This webinar shared lessons learned from the successful reuse and assessment of capped sites. Former landfills, abandoned dumps, and other contaminated sites throughout the United States, once thought to be of limited value, are being transformed into viable commercial and industrial developments, parks and other recreational areas, and wildlife areas. With forethought and effective planning, communities and site stakeholders can return sites to productive use without jeopardizing the effectiveness of a remedial cap.
SRI Webinar: Opportunities for Reuse at Capped Sites (PDF)(1 pg, 963 K, About PDF)

May
Restoring Superfund Sites to Public Good
May 15, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30PM EDT
This webinar highlighted examples of successful public service-related redevelopment at Superfund sites and provided lessons learned on how EPA and local municipalities worked together to make reuse happen. Local governments across the country that own and acquire Superfund sites are restoring these properties for beneficial public uses ranging from roads and utilities to recreational resources. This webinar also highlighted the PREPARED Workbook as a tool to assist local governments with contaminated property acquisitions.
SRI Webinar: Restoring Superfund Sites to Public Good (PDF)(1 pg, 877 K, About PDF)

March
Supporting Healthy Communities: A Superfund Opportunity
March 20, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30PM, EDT
Superfund site reuse provides an opportunity for communities to pursue local public health priorities, including access to new health services as well as recreation resources. This webinar focused on public health-related reuses at Superfund sites. Presentations highlighted case study examples of these projects, including the Jacksonville Ash and Brown’s Dump sites in Jacksonville, Florida.

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2016

December
Re-imagining the Future of Mining Sites
December 7, 2016, 3:30 - 5:00PM EST
This webinar showed how EPA works with mining stakeholders, including other federal agencies, states, local groups and industries, not only to address the serious health and environmental challenges posed by some mining practices, but also to support the reuse of these areas to benefit the surrounding community. This webinar explored the broad spectrum of safe and productive reuses possible at mining sites and presented a case study highlighting several of these reuses in practice at a mining site near Salt Lake City, Utah.

September
Protecting Pollinators through Sustainable Superfund Reuse
September 8, 2016, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, EDT
This SRI webinar explored the sustainable and conscientious reuse of Superfund sites and other blighted properties as pollinator habitats. The webinar shared how EPA has worked alongside federal and private partners to support the development and maintenance of pollinator habitat. Speakers shared case studies of and resources for the development of pollinator habitat.

June
Waterfront Reuse in EPA Region 2: Providing Riverfront Access
June 15, 2016, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, EDT
This webinar discussed the importance of reuse at and near riverfront contaminated properties. Reuse efforts can include habitat restoration as well as the creation of recreational and green space amenities. Presentations highlighted waterfront projects at Superfund sites in New York and New Jersey as well as projects by The Trust for Public Land.

March
Ecological Revitalization and Contaminated Sites
March 17, 2016, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, EDT
This webinar provided an overview of how restoring local ecosystems as part of the cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties can enhance remedies, strengthen community interest and provide significant environmental benefits. The webinar featured a case study of the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Fly Ash site in Kingston, Tennessee, describing how restoration efforts went beyond cleanup requirements. The participants learned how TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Fly Ash site ecological revitalization supported natural habitats and diverse native species.

January
Regional Water Availability and Superfund: Generating a Valuable Resource at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Area
January 13, 2016 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, EDT
This webinar shared in-depth information about strategies stakeholders have used to work together to reuse treated groundwater from the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Area Superfund site. Presentations highlighted specific water reuse activities and the benefits realized by the City of Goodyear, potentially responsible parties (PRPs) and local businesses. Webinar participants learned how the cleanup design enabled the continued operation of businesses on site, ensured the availability of clean water and significant cost savings to the City, and resulted in the reuse of billions of gallons of treated groundwater annually.

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2015

July
Green Infrastructure: Reusing Superfund Sites and Promoting Sustainable Communities

June
Bringing Alternative Energy Projects to Superfund Sites 

April
How to Bring about Ecological Revitalization on Contaminated Lands

March
Risk Management and Assessing Liability: Helping Communities Pursue Reuse Opportunities at Contaminated Properties

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2014

September
Capped Superfund Site Reuse: In-Depth Case Studies

July
Reuse Opportunities on Capped Superfund Sites

April
Superfund and Renewable Energy: Promising Future for Sites with a Contaminated Past

February
Area-Wide Planning, Superfund Sites, Environmental Justice and Green Infrastructure: Tying it All Together in the Freeport Community Planning Project
 

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2013

September
Reuse Planning at Superfund Sites: A Little Planning Can Go a Long Way

June
How Enforcement Actions can Support Reuse at Superfund Sites

March
Ecological Revitalization of Contaminated Properties

January
Making Superfund Site Reuse A Priority: Why Reuse is Part of Your Job

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2012

August
Recognizing the Positive Economic Impacts of Superfund Reuse

May
Food For Thought: Gardening on Superfund Sites

March
Mayor Perspectives on Exploring the Reuse of Hazardous Waste Sites in Your Community

January
Aligning Remedies with Reuse: From Superfund Sites to Soccer Fields

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2011

November
Reusing Superfund Sites for Recreational Purposes

February
Financing Reuse of Contaminated Properties

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2010

September
Renewable Energy Pre-Feasibility Analysis at Apache Powder Superfund Site

May
USEPA Superfund Program Landfill Methane-to-Energy Pilot (PDF) (8 pp, 84 K, About PDF)
Role of Landfill Gas to Energy in Landfill Remediation (PDF)  (30 pp, 1.1MB)
South Side Landfill LFG Recovery and Utilization" A Look at the Past with An Eye to the Future (PDF) (17 pp, 1.2MB)
 

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2009

September
Working with Local Governments: Midvale Slag Case Study (PDF) (62 pp, 1.7MB)

July
Calumet Container: Ecological Revitalization and Reuse at a Time-Critical Removal Action Site (PDF) (18 pp, 2MB) 

June
Community Based Reuse Planning (PDF) (92 pp, 5.1MB) 

May
Working Reuse and Redevelopment Into the Superfund Cleanup Process (PDF) (53 pp, 1.8MB)

April
Welcome to the Superfund Redevelopment Webinar Series: An Introduction to the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (PDF) (31 pp, 1.9MB)
 

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