Superfund Task Force Recommendations and Accomplishments: Goal 4
Promoting Redevelopment and Community Revitalization
The Task Force employed two strategies to encourage site redevelopment and community revitalization:
- Facilitate site redevelopment and support ongoing information sharing
- Utilize reuse planning to lay the foundation and set expectations for site redevelopment
To learn how EPA will integrate the work completed under the Task Force into the Superfund Program, see:
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- Recommendation 33: Focus Redevelopment Efforts on 20 NPL Sites with Redevelopment Potential and Identify 20 Sites with Greatest Potential Reuse
- Recommendation 34: Publicize Site-Specific Information to Promote Community Revitalization
- Recommendation 35: Build Capacity of EPA and its Stakeholders on the Broad Community and Economic Development Context for Site Remediation and Redevelopment
- Recommendation 36: Engage Superfund Communities in Cleanup and Redevelopment
- Recommendation 37: Recognize and Replicate Local Site Redevelopment Successes
- Recommendation 38: Support Community Visioning, Revitalization, and Redevelopment of Superfund Sites
- Recommendation 39: Engage and Facilitate Public/Private Partnerships to Share Information, Resources, and Work Toward Advancing and Promoting the Revitalization of the Site
Recommendation 33: Focus Redevelopment Efforts on 20 NPL Sites with Redevelopment Potential and Identify 20 Sites with Greatest Potential Reuse
- Released Superfund Redevelopment Focus List
In January 2018 EPA released the Redevelopment Focus List of 31 NPL sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential. EPA developed this list to promote renewed focus on accelerating Superfund site progress while working to successfully return sites to productive use in communities across the country. Since the list’s release and to publicize site information, EPA has provided training, tools, and resources, including more than 100 new or updated case studies, fact sheets, reports, and online materials about these 31 sites and other regionally identified priority sites. EPA used the lessons learned from these Focus List efforts to expand support to more sites and to broader redevelopment opportunities. As a result, EPA developed an interactive tool (story map) that highlights Superfund Redevelopment Opportunity sites and helps promote these sites’ revitalization.
Redevelopment Focus Site list
Superfund Redevelopment Opportunity Sites Story Map
- Developed Site-Specific Information for Reuse-Ready Sites
EPA reorganized the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative website to reflect Task Force activities and to consolidate information about reuse opportunities into one easily accessible web area, “Promoting Redevelopment.” The Agency developed more than 100 new or updated case studies, fact sheets, reports, and online materials to provide site owners, future site users, prospective purchasers, lenders, and developers with site-specific information pertaining to both Superfund cleanup and real estate-oriented perspectives.
EPA developed a prototype Superfund redevelopment interactive map designed to show site information, to outline reuse status and potential, and to provide links to relevant resources. With the map, EPA will communicate timely site information to real estate and land use decision-makers by making Superfund sites and related property assets visible and accessible in a manner akin to a real estate portfolio.
Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Website
- Promoted Reuse at Sitewide Ready for Reuse Sites
Sites that have achieved the Agency’s Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use measure are particularly relevant to those interested in reusing Superfund sites or identifying sites that may be able to support additional uses. EPA ensured that Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use performance measure information is up-to-date and readily accessible on the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative website and expanded the list of confirmed Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use sites to include site reuse status.
Information on Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use
Recommendation 35: Build Capacity of EPA and its Stakeholders on the Broad Community and Economic Development Context for Site Remediation and Redevelopment
- Provided Redevelopment Training and Information for EPA and Its Stakeholders
To build internal and external capacity to facilitate Superfund redevelopment, the Task Force conducted seven training webinars for EPA staff and three public webinars. Additionally the Task Force provided training sessions or shared information on reuse at conferences like the 25th National Association of Remedial Project Manager Conference, the 2017 National Brownfields Conference, the 2018 Wildlife Habitat Council's Conservation Conference, and the 2018 EPA Community Involvement Training Program. Internal events trained EPA staff in engaging industries, businesses and developers regarding redevelopment at all types of EPA cleanup program sites, and ensured EPA staff have the tools and strategies they need to work with communities on reasonable future land use determinations critical to selecting and implementing remedies that support reuse.
Superfund Redevelopment Webinars
- Developed New Case Studies, Fact Sheets, Reports, and Online Materials
EPA worked to engage communities affected by cleanup and redevelopment activities by delivering relevant training and providing information on the Superfund and Brownfield processes. The Task Force developed more than 100 new or updated case studies, fact sheets, reports, and online materials. Case studies and fact sheets explore Superfund reuse stories and document successful redevelopment strategies, acknowledge reuse barriers, and explain community approaches that overcame barriers to new reuse outcomes. The Task Force also collected and published national economic data for FY 2017 and FY 2018 to give an overview of Superfund Redevelopment’s national beneficial effects.
Superfund Redevelopment Website
Superfund Redevelopment Success Stories & Case Studies
Economic Benefits of Superfund Redevelopment
- Awarded Site Reuse Awards
EPA focused on awarding more site reuse awards across the regions to recognize redevelopment success and to promote and replicate these successes. EPA developed a ‘how-to’ guide for EPA staff on planning and issuing site reuse awards. EPA presented State Excellence in Supporting Reuse awards to three state agencies in 2017 and three in 2018. Additionally, EPA presented site-specific awards at 12 sites to more than 100 recipients, recognizing community members, local governments, developers, and others for their contributions to site redevelopment successes.
Site Reuse Awards
Site Reuse Award Guide for EPA Staff (PDF)(20 pp, 9.1 MB)
Recommendation 38: Support Community Visioning, Revitalization, and Redevelopment of Superfund Sites
- Provided Support and Technical Assistance to Communities Interested in Redevelopment
As part of the Task Force, EPA focused on providing direct support to communities interested in Superfund redevelopment and ensuring communities have the information they need to plan for site redevelopment. EPA provided technical assistance to more than 30 communities in all 10 EPA regions through regional seed projects and ongoing regionally funded support. Additionally EPA developed technical reuse reports for stakeholder use, finalized a ready for reuse determination for one site, and assembled a redevelopment team of EPA experts available to help advise businesses, developers and stakeholders when needed.
Regional Seed Projects and Technical Reuse Reports
Ready for Reuse Determinations at Superfund Sites
Recommendation 39: Engage and Facilitate Public/Private Partnerships to Share Information, Resources, and Work Toward Advancing and Promoting the Revitalization of the Site
- Provided Technical Assistance to Promote Revitalization of Sites
As noted in Recommendation 38, EPA provided technical assistance to more than 30 communities in all 10 EPA regions through regional seed projects and ongoing regionally-funded support. These regional seed projects provide EPA with the opportunity for interactions with a wide range of stakeholders, including property owners, developers, local government officials, state agencies, school districts, community groups, tribes, other federal agencies such as the U. S. Department of Agriculture, development agencies, and other entities.