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Community involvement is the process of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members.

The goal of Superfund community involvement is to advocate and strengthen early and meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanups. Superfund community involvement staffs at Headquarters and in the Regions strive to:

  • Encourage and enable community members to get involved.
  • Listen carefully to what the community is saying.
  • Take the time needed to deal with community concerns.
  • Change planned actions where community comments or concerns have merit.
  • Keep the community well informed of ongoing and planned activities.
  • Explain to the community what EPA has done and why.

There are several steps involved in cleaning up a Superfund site. This section contains an interactive graphic of the Superfund cleanup process. You can click on each step in the graphic to learn more about that phase of the process.

This section provides information about a variety of technical assistance and training resources provided by EPA. These resources help communities fully participate in decisions at local Superfund sites. In addition, links to related are provided to EPA and other programs that also can be useful to communities with Superfund sites.

This section provides access to EPA policy directives and other documents that guide EPA's community involvement efforts.

This section contains EPA publications for community members at Superfund sites. These publications include information about how EPA determines the risk at a site, how to get detailed reports about the site in your area, and how EPA supports reuse of sites after they have been cleaned up.


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