In Dec 2020, a lame duck Richmond City Council approved an
agreement with Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) to redevelop the Astra-Zeneca Site
at South 47th street.
Despite contamination from over 100 years of
industrial manufacturing by the Stauffer Chemical Company, the current clean-up plan
will remove less than 2% of the 550,000 cubic yards of hazardous waste
remaining on-site. Instead of removing dangerous carcinogenic pollutants such
as benzene, arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, volatile
organic compounds (VOCs) and radioactive residue, HRP plans to “cap in place,”
pouring concrete over most of the 86-acre site.
Due to these hazards, no
schools, preschools, health care or senior care facilities may be built on the
site, yet 4,000 condo units are planned for this site.