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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

Through the efforts of the EPA, the state of Missouri and the local community, the Oronogo-Duenweg Mining Belt Superfund site in Joplin, Missouri, is in productive reuse and portions are ready for redevelopment. The site is the new home of a scrap metal recycling facility, a highway bypass, restored residential neighborhoods and over 1,600 acres of cleaned land now ready for redevelopment.

Also, through a Prospective Purchaser Agreement with the EPA, a scrap metal recycler bought and cleaned up 40 acres of the site prior to establishing a facility there. After an agreement between the EPA and the state of Missouri, the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department built the Route 249 highway bypass through four miles of contaminated land on the site. The project adaptively reused mine wastes as fill material. Cleanup of the mine waste began in 2007, and the Route 249 bypass opened to the public in 2008. The EPA has developed innovative solutions for disposal of site wastes to allow for future development. Some of these solutions include: long narrow containment areas, which were built, and capped in a manner that allowed Webb City to complete these areas as three miles of new roads for the community; an abandoned water treatment lagoon, which was used as a disposal area and is intended to be a new 36-acre sports complex in Webb City when funding is available.

In 2009, the site received about $12.7 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to support removal and disposal of the site's contaminated mining wastes, soils and sediments. The funds also supported the capping of some disposal areas, the backfilling and revegetating of excavated areas.



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Supporting Documents

Final Site progress Report for the Removal Action dated March 18, 1996 (sdms doc id 40275603)

Final Remedial Action Report dated April 5, 2002 by the USACE (sdms doc id 30278791)

Fourth Five-Year Review dated August 2017 (doc id 30323583)

Remedial Action Report for OU 4 dated September 2007 (sdms doc id 40273282)

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on one on-site business. EPA did not have further economic details related to this business. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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