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Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs)

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A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) provides money for activities that help your community participate in decision making at eligible Superfund sites. An initial grant 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.

Congress made public involvement in decision making an important part of the Superfund process when the program was established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980. Congress wanted to ensure that the people whose lives were affected by abandoned hazardous wastes would have a say in actions to clean them up. The role of community members in the Superfund process was further strengthened in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). With SARA, Congress created EPA's TAG Program. TAGs are available at Superfund sites that are on the EPA's National Priorities List (NPL) or proposed for listing on the NPL, and for which a response action has begun. EPA's NPL is a list of the most hazardous waste sites nationwide. Since the first TAG was awarded in 1988, more than $20 million has been awarded directly to community groups.

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