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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 Fields Brook Superfund site is a 6-square mile watershed of a brook located in Ashtabula, Ohio. Since 1940, up to 19 separate facilities have operated in the watershed of Fields Brook. Facility operations range from metal fabrication to chemical production. Facility operations resulted in the contamination of surface water, soil and sediment of the watershed. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Cleanup activities included the removal of contaminated sediment and flood plain soil from Fields Brook. Soil, sediment and waste is treated or contained in on site landfills. Cleanup activities also include groundwater extraction and land use controls. Industrial facilities ranging from metal fabrication to chemical production continue to operate on site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA had data on 9 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 112 people and generated an estimated $33,173,400 in annual sales revenue. View additional 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.

VOC and SVOC by-products from chlorinated solvent manufacturing, including trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, hexachlorobutadiene, and hexachlorobenzene.  PCB 1248 also known as Therminol, formerly used as a heat transfer fluid.




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