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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 30-acre Brewster Well Field Superfund site is located near the East Branch Croton River in Putnam County, New York. From 1958 to 1983, Alben Dry Cleaners operated a commercial facility on site and discarded dry-cleaning wastes in a nearby dry well. In 1978, testing revealed contamination in the Village of Brewster Well Field's water distribution system resulting from the improper waste disposal. Further testing revealed a large plume of groundwater contamination. In 1984, the Village and EPA's Office of Research and Development installed a treatment system to remove the contamination in area drinking water. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Cleanup crews removed and disposed of contaminated site sediments, sludge and soil in 1991. In 1996, EPA constructed a groundwater management system. The State assumed responsibility for its operations in 2007. After a car dealership began operating on the site, sampling showed contaminated vapors could affect indoor air quality. This led to the installation of a subslab mitigation system. Sampling from 2011 indicated soil had reached cleanup goals. Restrictions on site property use and for site groundwater remain. The car dealership continues operating their commercial business on site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 25 people and generated an estimated $11,230,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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