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TASC Program History

EPA’s TASC program began providing educational and technical assistance services to communities in 2008.

TASC was preceded by EPA’s Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) program. TOSC provided communities with independent educational and technical assistance services between 1994 and 2006. Services were also provided to Native American communities through the Technical Outreach Services for Native American Communities program (TOSNAC) and to brownfield communities through the Technical Assistance Services for Brownfields Communities program (TAB). Both the TOSC and TOSNAC programs ended in 2006. The TAB Program (PDF) (4 pp, 373K, About PDF) continues to provide services to brownfield communities.

TOSC, TOSNAC, and TAB program services were hosted by EPA’s five Hazardous Substance Research Centers (HSRCs), which were multi-university facilities located across the country. EPA’s HSRC program was established in 1989 to develop better, more cost-effective, faster, and safer methods to assess and cleanup environments contaminated with hazardous substances.

Across the TASC and TOSC programs, EPA’s goal has been to provide high-quality, independent educational and technical assistance services to communities affected by hazardous waste sites regulated by the Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act programs, including sites on federal facilities and tribal land. Informed, engaged communities are vital partners in ensuring EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.   

Today, TASC program services are provided through a national EPA contract with E² Inc., an EPA contractor based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Technical assistance is provided by a dedicated team of Technical Assistance Specialists. E² Inc. also maintains an online database of public health, outreach, engineering, and scientific experts to address highly specialized technical assistance needs.

For more information about how TASC may be able to assist your community, please visit the TASC Assistance Where You Live Web page.

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