Technical Assistance Needs Assessments
TASC works closely with communities to evaluate their technical assistance needs. We then develop detailed plans called Technical Assistance Needs Assessments. These assessments guide communities in prioritizing their needs, enabling needs to be met in a timely manner and through appropriate channels.
Case Study: TASC Assessment Documents Community Priorities
In early 2011, when youth group One Step A La Vez learned about the status of the Pacific Coast Pipeline Superfund site in Fillmore, California, they contacted EPA Region 9 to request technical assistance services for the community. EPA had issued a draft cleanup plan for the former oil refinery for public review and was working with Chevron, the site’s potentially responsible party, to increase community engagement activities. TASC conducted a technical assistance needs assessment, which included a site tour as well as meetings and interviews with community members. The assessment identified strong community interest in several areas, including historical health studies, soil removal history, soil gas vapor intrusion, and ground water and air monitoring data. EPA is currently acting on the project’s findings.
Community materials developed under the TASC program for the project in Fillmore, California: