Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Community Engagement Initiative
- Encouraging Community Engagement in Superfund Enforcement: A Compilation of Possible EPA Activities to Engage Communities (PDF) (25pp, 468KB)
- Read the CEI Second Year Achievements Report (PDF)
(34 pp, 2.2MB, about PDF)
- Review Work Plans and Draft Recommendations Reports
Community Engagement Initiative Overview
The EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) is designed to enhance OSWER and regional offices’ engagement with local communities and stakeholders to help them meaningfully participate in government decisions on land cleanup, emergency preparedness and response, and the management of hazardous substances and waste. Learn more about CEI.
Community Engagement Initiative Actions
EPA established 16 Actions under the Community Engagement Initiative. Each action links to a page that contains all materials and an Action update fact sheet that summarizes the progress and schedule. The actions EPA established for the CEI are:
|Action 1||Decision-Making Processes and Guidance
EPA posted work plans proposing specific decision-making processes to evaluate and revise.
|Action 2||Underground Storage Tank (UST) Programs
OUST developed a new Community Engagement website, including highlight of success stories.
|Action 3||Best Community Engagement Practices for RCRA|
|Action 4||OSWER Regulation and Guidance Development|
|Action 5||Community Engagement Policies and Activities related to Enforcement|
|Action 6||CERCLA Enforcement Involving Federal Facilities
EPA has finalized the selection of two pilots: TVA-Kingston, TN (Region 4) and Ft. Ord, CA (Region 9)
|Action 7||EPA Technical Assistance Processes
The Technical Assistance Workgroup developed a Draft Recommendations Report for review.
|Action 8||Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program|
|Action 9||Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program|
|Action 10||Public Health Information on OSWER Projects|
|Action 11||Risk Communication Processes and Comprehensive Education Program|
|Action 12||Sampling and Testing Results|
|Action 13||Delivery of Information
The Delivery of Information Workgroups developed Draft Recommendations Reports for review.
|Action 14||Community Engagement Training Program
The Training Workgroup developed a Draft Recommendations Report for review.
|Action 15||Measures of Effectiveness and Annual Report|
|Action 16||Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program
Visit the updated website to learn more about the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program.
All CEI documents and information are compiled on the CEI Materials page.