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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 Garvey Elevator Superfund site is located in Adams County, Nebraska. Garvey Elevators, Inc. owned and operated a grain elevator on 22 acres of the 106-acre property until 1998 when Ag Processing, Inc. took over operations. Carbon tetrachloride, which was used by Garvey as a pest control grain fumigant until 1985, contaminated the soil and groundwater at the site. The groundwater contaminant plume extends about four miles from the facility. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2005. As part of its limited site characterization and cleanup efforts, Garvey Elevators, Inc. connected some impacted residences to the municipal water supply and constructed groundwater and soil treatment systems on its property. Garvey Elevators, Inc. declared bankruptcy in 2008. EPA took over the on-going cleanup activities on the Garvey Elevators, Inc. property and characterization of the site in its entirety. EPA extended municipal water lines to all impacted and occupied residences. EPA has selected and is currently designing the remedies to address the contaminated soil and groundwater on the 22-acre property and the groundwater plume extending from the facility. Prior to Garvey Elevators, Inc. declaring bankruptcy, Ag Processing, Inc. purchased the property in 2005 and continues to operate the grain storage facility and cultivate crops on the remaining property.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 10 people and generated an estimated $1,405,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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