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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 Town of Oyster Bay (the Town), New York, disposed of municipal and industrial waste at the 68-acre Old Bethpage Landfill Superfund site from 1957 to 1986. In 1979, local and federal officials identified contaminated waste at the landfill that posed a risk to the local drinking water supply. In 1983, EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). In 1988, the town began to clean up the site, with oversight provided by the State of New York. The Town installed a system to capture, store and treat liquids leaking from the landfill. In addition, the Town built a cap over the site and revegetated the area. When the landfill began to produce a great volume of methane, the Town installed a methane gas collection system, operating a methane co-generation facility at the site and selling the electricity generated by burning the methane. The methane co-generation facility closed in 2002 when methane production began to decline. Today, the Town of Oyster Bay operates a municipal transfer station and recycling center on site at the Solid Waste Disposal Complex.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on one on-site business. EPA did not have further economic details related to this business. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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