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Community Involvement at Federal Facilities

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The U.S. EPA encourages early and meaningful community involvement in the federal facility cleanup process. Community involvement in decision making ensures that communities neighboring federal facilities understand and have the opportunity to influence cleanup activities. This engagement can also speed cleanups, reduce costs, and increase cleanup effectiveness. EPA also collaborates with tribal associations, environmental and community groups, labor organizations, and universities to encourage the consideration of social, cultural, and economic factors in the federal facilities cleanup process.

Community involvement actively educates and meaningfully involves the public early in planning for and cleaning up federal sites. Partners in this cleanup process include community members, such as environmental justice communities and other federal state, tribal, and local governments involved in cleaning up federal facilities.

Fostering Community Involvement
One method of community involvement includes the Department of Defense (DoD) Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Site-Specific Advisory Boards (SSABs), which offer local stakeholders the opportunity to participate in federal facilities cleanups in their community. Advisory boards are only one method, among many, that may be used to involve the community.

Technical Assistance to Communities
Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) is an EPA program that provides "independent, non-advocacy educational and technical assistance to communities affected by hazardous waste sites regulated by the RCRA and Superfund programs, including sites on federal facilities and tribal land."

Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs) provide money for activities that help communities participate in decision making at eligible Superfund sites. An initial grant of up to $50,000 is available to qualified community groups so they can contract with independent technical advisors to interpret and help the community understand technical information about their site.

Superfund Community Involvement Tools

The Superfund Community Involvement Toolkit is a comprehensive and practical tool for promoting successful community participation in the Superfund process. The Toolkit contains 47 tools, each of which describes activities that Superfund Site Teams have used successfully or provides information on available resources. The tools are listed in alphabetical order.

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