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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 residential soils (OU1) segment of the site remains in residential use. There are about 4,500 residential properties and 10 schools in the site area. Local residents and visitors continue to use seven parks within the site boundaries for recreation. The former Omaha & Grant Smelter location (OU2) is today the location of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, Pepsi Bottling Company, Denver Coliseum, various other commercial and industrial businesses, as well as the Globeville Landing Park. At OU2, the City of Denver, with EPA oversight, removed waste material from underneath the Denver Coliseum parking lot and create an open drainage basin as part of a larger storm water management system. Globeville Landing Park will be redesigned and enhanced by this effort. The former Argo Smelter location (OU3) remains an industrial and commercial area nearly entirely paved and heavily impacted by Interstate 70, Interstate 25 and connecting roadways.

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Supporting Documents

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on 38 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 1,009 people and generated an estimated $145,380,240 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.

In June 2014, EPA placed Notices of Environmental Conditions in the property files of approximately 60 residential properties in OU1 where, despite all efforts, EPA was not able to gain access from the property owners. The notices are filed at the City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorder’s office. Residents and owners of these properties will also receive annual mailings alerting them to the potential or known contamination issue and providing them with simple steps to avoid exposure.

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