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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 145-acre Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill Superfund site is located 4 miles from Fresno, California. The City of Fresno began operating the landfill in 1935. While conducting tests in 1983, the California Department of Health Services found that methane gas and vinyl chloride gas had migrated from the landfill to the surrounding areas. Testing also found that contaminated groundwater had migrated off site to several private residential wells located nearby. The City closed the landfill in 1989, the same year EPA added the landfill to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). In 1990 and 1991, the City removed contaminated landfill gas spreading from the site. The City capped the landfill and constructed landfill gas control and surface water management systems. The City also constructed a groundwater treatment facility. The systems continue to operate. In 2001, the City redeveloped part of the site into the Fresno Regional Sports Complex. The complex includes soccer and softball fields. Constructing the sports complex at the same time as cleanup allowed the reuse planning to be effectively coordinated with ongoing remediation.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, 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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