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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 7-acre Lorentz Barrel & Drum Co. Superfund site is located in San Jose, California. The site includes a former drum recycling facility that operated from 1947 until its closing in 1987. During that time, the facility accepted over 2 million drums. The facility emptied, cleaned, resealed, repainted and resold the used drums, which typically contained residues of solvents, acids and caustic chemicals. Contamination of soils, groundwater and a nearby creek resulted from the improper handling of wastes in the drums as well as waste generated during the recycling process. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989. Cleanup activities have included excavating and removing remaining drums and contaminated soils, installing a cap over the property, and installing a groundwater treatment and monitoring system. Property owners routinely inspect and maintain the cap. Groundwater treatment continues. Numerous auto dealers use a large portion of the site for fenced parking. A paper recycling company, Caraustar Industries, operates on the remaining portion of the site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 6 people and generated an estimated $19,760,000 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.

1,1-Dicholoroethane,1,2-Dicholoroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Perchloroethylene, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, Trichloroethylene, Vinyl Chloride, 1,4-Dioxane

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