Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

GRIFFISS AIR FORCE BASE (11 AREAS)
ROME, NY

Redevelopment

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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

All former base property has been transferred to the Griffiss Local Development Corporation (GLDC) and Oneida County.  Much of the GLDC property in turn has been transferred to new businesses.  The GLDC portion is now known as Griffiss Business and Technology Park, and is a thriving commercial and industrial complex.  Over 70 businesses now call the Park home, and over 5,000 people are employed there.  There is also abundant recreational and and open space, including hiking/biking trails and a sculpture garden.  The Oneida County property comprises Griffiss Internation Airport.  The airport has a roughly 12,000 ft runway and many square feet of hangar, industrial, and commercial space available for reuse.  Griffis International is one of seven airports in the country utilized for national studies into the incorporation of drones into the national airspace.  A consortium of nearly 200 government, academic, and private organizations take part in studies related to agriculture, utilities, railroads and other potential uses.      

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Because the base was realigned and closed under the federal BRAC program in 1993 and 1995, property at the base has been returned to the community for reuse through a series of transfers to outside parties.  As a result, the former base is currently occupied by many different types of entities, including industrial, commercial and residential facilities and a large portion of the former base is now operating as Griffiss International Airport.  

Current and future property owners are bound by any land use controls/institutional controls (LUC/ICs) in their property deeds until their removal is approved by the Air Force, EPA, and NYSDEC.  The Air Force conducts an annual LUC/IC survey covering all former Air Force property containing LUC/ICs, re-contacting all applicable property owners, and requesting that they fill out a new questionnaire each year.  The Air Force also conducts inspections of each property.  The results are then compiled by the Air Force into an annual report that is reviewed by the Air Force, EPA, NYSDEC, and NYSDOH.  Any violations of the LUC/ICs are then addressed with the landowner(s) by the Air Force and regulatory agencies.  
 

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