The former Aerojet General Corp. rocket propulsion development and testing site in Rancho Cordova has been put on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency list of sites “with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential.”
The EPA on Wednesday released what it called its initial Superfund National Priorities List. The Aerojet site was one of three Superfund sites in California on the list. The other two were a former industrial site in Cloverdale and a landfill operation in Monterey Park.
The Aerojet site, about a half mile from the American River, was once a center of rocket development and testing, dating back to the golden age of the U.S. space program and the race to the moon. Today, part of the site is a 40-acre solar facility generating 6 megawatts of power. The EPA first listed the site on the National Priorities list in 1983.
The federal agency said potential future reuse plans for the Aerojet site include mixed-use development with residential, commercial and industrial areas.
EPA said it will direct redevelopment training, tools and resources to sites on the priorities list, including working with developers and overseeing cleanup and redevelopment efforts. The agency also said it will work to identify businesses interested in using the sites.
EPA said sites on the list have been identified as having significant redevelopment potential based on previous outside interest, access to transportation corridors and land values.
In a statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said: “Today’s redevelopment list incorporates Superfund sites ready to become catalysts for economic growth and revitalization.”