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Action 13 – Evaluate and Improve Delivery of Information

Connecting with communities that have been historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making, including the disenfranchised in cities and rural areas, communities of color, and tribes is a critical component in achieving EPA’s shared goals of cleaning up hazardous waste sites and confronting significant local environmental challenges.

a) At-Risk and Remote Communities

Innovations Partnerships Communication Office (IPCO) will lead OSWER efforts to identify barriers and solutions addressing the delivery of information and strengthening the voice of disadvantaged communities to help shape the government programs that affect them and will:

  • Coordinate with the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) on information delivery mechanisms for At-Risk and Remote communities.
  • Reach out to tribes that are close to federal sites, especially mining sites, to determine if there are ways to improve information to/involvement by tribes.
  • Establish a national workgroup to identify existing information delivery mechanisms.
  • Seek input from at-risk and remote communities and hold video teleconferences.

b) Superfund Information Repositories

Information repositories are required at Superfund sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) and may potentially benefit communities at other non-NPL sites. These repositories are important sources of site information, and therefore, their accessibility can influence a community's ability to effectively participate in decision-making processes. The Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) will conduct an evaluation of Superfund information repositories to:

  • Assess the effectiveness of Superfund site information repositories, and identify potential barriers and solutions to information delivery, including electronic access/digital divide.
  • Consult with Regional staff and visit site repositories to gather information regarding the location, content, and nature of Superfund information repositories.
  • Examine ways to improve the Superfund information repositories, and develop best practices that can be applied across NPL and non-NPL sites to improve information delivery to communities.

For more information about Action 13, please see the CEI Implementation Plan (PDF) (23 pp, 587K, about PDF).


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