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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 Agriculture Street Landfill Superfund site is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 95-acre site operated as a municipal dump from 1909 until 1957. From the 1970s through the late 1980s, parties developed about 47 acres of the site for private and public uses. At that time, the site supported 67 single-family homes, multiple-family dwellings, retail businesses, an elementary school, a community center, a recreation center and an electrical substation. Before 1994, access to the undeveloped portion of the former landfill was unrestricted. This access allowed unauthorized waste disposal and exposure to contaminants. EPA listed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1994. Between 1994 and 1997, EPA dug up and disposed of nearly 70,000 tons of material. EPA replaced this material with a permeable geotextile mat/marker in the subgrade, clean fill and sod. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed many structures on site, with only single-family homes and the electrical substation remaining in operation. All other structures on site await demolishing or redevelopment. The rest of the site remains undeveloped and vegetated. The U.S. Army Corps will temporarily relocate a rail line across part of the undeveloped property as part of an infrastructure improvement project along the Florida Canal.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA had data on 3 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 4 people and generated an estimated $194,730 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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