Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse (ER3) Success Stories

Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse (ER3) projects demonstrate how to responsibly transform a contaminated site into an environmental and economic asset for the community. In the success stories highlighted below, the developers and property owners for these sites expressed a willingness to follow sustainable development or reuse practices. Through the ER3 initiative, the EPA provided enforcement and regulatory relief-related incentives that facilitated the implementation of these projects.

The following are ER3 success stories:

American Barrel - The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Utah (RDA) is supporting efforts to design a “green” commercial redevelopment project at the Utah Power & Light/American Barrel Company Superfund site, a former storage yard, as part of a larger redevelopment project. A Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) provides Superfund liability protection to the RDA.

Celotex – The Celotex site in Chicago, IL was used for making, storing and selling asphalt roofing products. After the responsible party conducted a Superfund Removal action at the site, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District signed a PPA with EPA as potential future owners of the site. Under the PPA, the City and park district agreed to sustainable reuse of the Celotex site as a public park.

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Empire Canyon/Montage Deer Valley – In April 2007, EPA announced the first ER3 agreement to cleanup and sustainably redevelop the Daly West Mine Superfund site in Empire Canyon, a former mining area in Park City, UT. EPA entered into a Prospective Lessee Agreement (PLA) with a developer. Under the PLA, the developer agreed to conduct cleanup actions and committed to sustainable development of a hotel and resort, which opened in December 2010. 

FMC/Energy Answers – At the FMC facility in Baltimore, MD, Energy Answers plans to construct a waste-to-energy plant. In 2010, EPA entered into a PLA with Energy Answers that addresses the company’s potential liability under Superfund and RCRA and facilitates the cleanup and reuse of the facility.

Sodyeco/ReVenture Park – Several companies including Sodyeco and Martin-Marietta owned an industrial facility in Charlotte, NC. The site is subject to Superfund and a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Post-Closure permit issued by the state. The developer committed to cleaning up and redeveloping the site as an eco-industrial park. In turn, EPA and the state agreed to transition the site from Superfund to the RCRA permit in order to streamline the environmental requirements for the developer. 

Learn more about the Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment & Reuse initiative.

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