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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 Malone Service Co.-Swan Lake Plant Superfund site is located in Texas City, Texas. The 150-acre site includes the Malone Service Company, Inc., a former hazardous waste storage, reclamation and disposal facility. The facility operated from 1964 until 1996. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2001 because chemicals from the facility had contaminated groundwater. Chemicals had also moved to Galveston Bay and associated wetlands. Galveston Bay is a National Estuary and a major fishery. EPA’s cleanup plan addressed sludge waste, contaminated soil and groundwater. Potentially responsible parties began cleanup in 2012. The site is not currently in use. A settlement between the present site owner and the PRPs requires that, once clean, the land be transferred to an environmental non-profit organization. If the land cannot be transferred, the settlement requires that the land use remain consistent with a natural preservation or conservation area.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View 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.

The 2009 ROD documents that the future use of this Site will be as a preserve or conservancy. The Malone Cooperating Parties (MCP) purchased the Site property from the Site owner and has agreed that the Site would be a preserve or that the local Scenic Galveston Conservancy group would have first right of refusal in accepting the property and maintaning it as a preserve. The Site will have several restrictions documented in a Restrictive Covenant, which will follow the land deed. 

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