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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 7-acre Saunders Supply Co. Superfund site is located in Suffolk County, Virginia. The site operated as a wood-treating plant until 1991. Improper use, treatment and disposal of wood-treating chemicals resulted in contamination of soil and groundwater both on site and off site. EPA discovered contamination at the site, and added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989. EPA‘s cleanup included disposal of contaminated material, soil incineration, groundwater monitoring and placement of use restrictions on the site property. Later, EPA included groundwater treatment to protect Godwins Millpond, a source of drinking water for the City of Suffolk. The Saunders Supply Company’s lumberyard continued operations during the cleanup. Cleanup operations ended in 1999, and groundwater treatment and monitoring continue at the site. Saunders Supply Company continues to operate a wholesale lumberyard on site, and also owns and operates a hardware store just south of the site. Contamination also impacted the adjacent Kelly Nursery. Kelly Nursery continued operations during cleanup and has since expanded its operations, including building additional greenhouses.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 20 people and generated an estimated $4,130,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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