Environmental assessments and cleanups generate technical data and documents that are not always easy to understand. TASC’s Technical Assistance Specialists guide communities through environmental assessments and cleanups. We review documents, explain technical findings and answer questions in plain language. Our goal is to make sure citizens and communities can participate meaningfully as informed stakeholders in environmental decision making.
Case Study: Comprehensive Document Review in Northern New Jersey
Laurence Harbor, Sayreville, New Jersey
In early 2012, the Raritan Bay Community Advisory Group requested TASC’s assistance. With several major cleanup reports for the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund site forthcoming, the community sought help in understanding their technical content so that they could participate meaningfully in site discussions and cleanup planning. The site includes portions of the Laurence Harbor seawall, a jetty and several beaches contaminated by metal slag from blast furnace bottoms.
TASC technical assistance specialists met with community members and the Community Advisory Group and toured the site. TASC staff then developed three documents that summarized the site’s cleanup reports, helping the community understand the site’s remedial investigation, risk assessment and feasibility study. The TASC team presented their findings at a public meeting and answered community members’ questions. Community members are now more informed participants in ongoing site cleanup discussions and are well prepared to provide comments to EPA on the site’s upcoming proposed plan.
Community materials developed under the TASC program for the Raritan Bay project: