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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 South Valley Superfund site is located in an industrial area of southern Albuquerque, New Mexico. The site includes two main portions: the former Air Force Plant 83 Site and the Univar Site. Beginning in the 1950s, various companies operated the two facilities located on the Air Force Plant 83 Site. General Electric Aviation took over in 1984. Parties demolished the two facilities in 1997 and 2011. Companies have used the Univar Site for various industrial and commercial purposes since the 1960s. Since 1985, Univar USA, Inc., a chemicals distribution company, has been active at the Univar Site. Studies found contamination, resulting from manufacturing practices, in soil and groundwater at the site. EPA placed the South Valley site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Cleanup actions at the former Air Force Plant 83 Site included groundwater and soil treatment. Off-site groundwater treatment and monitoring continue. All cleanup actions at the North Plant 83 and South Plant 83 areas are complete. Cleanup actions at the Univar Site include ongoing groundwater treatment. Bernalillo County has developed plans for the construction of a roadway connection between Interstate-25 and the Albuquerque airport. This roadway connection will cross the site. The County anticipates that the roadway will ease traffic and attract new businesses to the area. In 2011, after General Electric Aviation closed its jet engine component making plant on the South Plant 83 Area, the company committed to recycling or reusing all usable building materials left after demolition of the facility. This effort saved the company from sending over 14,000 tons of building materials to local landfills. It also significantly reduced demolition costs. Univar USA, Inc. continues to operate on site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 8 people and generated an estimated $11,655,000 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.

Activities completed on the South Plant 83 area resulted in some contamination left in place which resulted in GEA filing a Declaration of Restrictive Covenants on September 9, 2014, in the Bernalillo County property records.  The deed restriction identified five areas where semi-volatile organic compounds or hexavalent chromium contamination remain about industrial soil screening levels.  The deed restriction also contained the following: identification of the abandoned sanitary sewer lines and existing sewer line locations; restriction that the property use is liminted to commercial and industrial; restriction that groundwater beneath the site cannot be used; and engineered barriers must remain in place on portions of the property where semi-volatile organic compounds and hexavalent chromium remain above industrial soil screening levels.

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