On this page:
- About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
- Redevelopment at the Site
- Economic Activity at the Site
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.
Redevelopment at the Site
The RSR Corporation Superfund site is in a residential and commercial area of West Dallas, Texas. The site spans a former lead smelter, several landfills and a 13.6-square-mile area investigated for lead contamination. Land uses include residential neighborhoods, public housing areas and some light industrial and commercial businesses. RSR Corporation operated a lead smelter on site from the 1920s until 1984. The company disposed of waste materials on site and in area landfills. The smelter also sent lead-contaminated smog into the surrounding community. Studies confirmed high blood-lead levels for residents and children living near the smelter. In 1995, EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). Cleanup activities prioritized the smelter facility, area landfills, affected residential areas and parks. EPA and the Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) removed lead-contaminated soil and buildings from a DHA public-housing area located northeast of the smelter. EPA and DHA cleaned up over 400 properties from 1991 to 1994. Cleanup of these areas resulted in lowered blood-lead levels for children and residents living in West Dallas. Cleanup also facilitated redevelopment. Portions of the DHA area now include new commercial businesses. The 275,000-square-foot headquarters for Goodwill Industries of Dallas is located on site. Cleanup of other portions of the site, including the former smelter facility and disposal areas, is now complete. EPA issued Ready for Reuse Determinations for the smelter facility and disposal areas in 2006 to facilitate future redevelopment. Ongoing uses include churches, parks, primary and secondary schools, commercial businesses and a community YMCA.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2018, EPA had data on 59 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 917 people and generated an estimated $74,915,875 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.