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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The Raymark Industries, Inc. Superfund site includes over 500 acres near the Housatonic River in Stratford, Connecticut. From 1919 until 1989, Raymark Industries, Inc. made brakes, clutch parts, and other friction components used primarily in the automotive industry on a 34-acre area. Disposal of manufacturing wastes, containing components now considered hazardous, took place on site, on nearby residential, commercial and municipal properties, and in the wetlands next to the Housatonic River. Contaminated groundwater from beneath the former facility impacted a residential area due to contaminated groundwater vapors in buildings. Between 2003 and 2004, EPA installed over 100 sub-slab ventilation systems in homes. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1995. Cleanup activities included removing contaminated soil and waste, capping, installing vapor extraction systems and restricting site access. People near the site do not currently use groundwater for drinking purposes. EPA considered reuse during cleanup when constructing the cap over the entire 34-acre area. The cap allowed for redevelopment of the property while ensuring the remedy remained protective. EPA awarded the site a Superfund Redevelopment pilot grant in 2001. The Stratford Crossing Shopping Center, completed in 2002, currently occupies the site. The shopping center provides a mixed green and commercial space. The community enjoys access to several businesses including Home Depot, ShopRite Supermarket, Walmart and Webster Bank.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, economic data were not publicly available for this site.

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