The site of the Charlotte eco-industrial development ReVenture Park has been taken off the
federal Superfund hazardous waste list, its developers say.
The site, bordering the Catawba River in western Mecklenburg County, had been listed on
Superfund’s National Priorities List since 1983. Groundwater was contaminated after decades of
dye and chemical manufacturing, and the ongoing cleanup is expected to take years.
ReVenture developer Forsite Development owns an uncontaminated portion of the 667-acre site.
Forsite leases the contaminated part from owner Clariant Corp. and will assume responsibility for
continuing the cleanup, said ReVenture spokeswoman Terri Bennett.
Clariant has spent more than $40 million to remedy contamination that it inherited when it bought Sodyeco Inc.
The ultimate goal is for state officials to designate the site a brownfield, or contaminated site that
is deemed suitable for redevelopment. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural
Resources will continue to monitor cleanup of the site.
Environmental Protection Agency official Franklin Hill, Superfund director for the Southeast,
said in a statement the transition “is an example of EPA’s commitment to support beneficial reuse
of sites, using cleanup programs to ensure protection of future users.”
ReVenture Park last year scaled back plans to build a waste-to-energy power plant fueled by
Mecklenburg County garbage. Since then, Bennett said, “the scope and scale (of the
development) has grown significantly,” with further announcements expected soon.
ReVenture envisions a wide range of clean-energy developments and research at the site.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities has proposed building a $250 million wastewater treatment plant
on Long Creek, near ReVenture, to serve western Mecklenburg. The Catawba Lands
Conservancy last month closed on 175 acres along Long Creek, adjacent to the ReVenture site.