Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

ROSEN BROTHERS SCRAP YARD/DUMP
CORTLAND, 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

Thanks to a unique agreement between EPA, the City of Cortland (the City), the State of New York, and the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad, the abandoned Rosen Brothers Scrap Yard/Dump Superfund site houses an intermodal transfer facility, generating jobs and revenue for the community. Previous site owners dumped hazardous wastes on the property and drums of unknown chemicals littered the 20-acre site. In 1989, EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List. EPA immediately removed the drums, hazardous debris and contaminated soil, and helped secure the site. EPA worked with local parties to recycle abandoned scrap metal from the site. Workers also constructed a cover over the entire site. During the cleanup, the City developed plans to reuse a portion of the site as an intermodal rail-to-road transport facility. EPA worked closely with the City to negotiate a Prospective Purchaser Agreement and take title to the property. The agreement ensured that the City would not have responsibility for previous contamination at the site and required that redevelopment construction not damage the cover over the site. Redevelopment activities were completed in 2015 and the transmodal facility is up and running.

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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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