A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of people from all parts of the community who want to learn about what's going on at the nearby Superfund site, and who want to be a part of decisions that are made about how the site is cleaned up. The group gives people from the community a chance to talk about how they feel about the site and what they want to see happen with it. EPA has a variety of publications about these groups, including simple fact sheets, guidance materials, case studies, and a CAG toolkit and booklet. To get a copy of these publications, contact your Regional CIC or call the Superfund Information Hotline at (800) 535-0202 or fax your order to the Superfund Document Center at (703) 603-9240.
SuperJTI provides and supports job training opportunities for citizens living in communities affected by Superfund sites. Working with local communities, SuperJTI teaches hazardous waste cleanup skills that help local citizens work on-site as part of the cleanup team. Call (703) 603-8772 for more information.
Some citizen's groups in communities that are affected by Superfund sites can get grants of as much as $50,000 to get help in dealing with the technical aspects of site cleanup. This could include hiring someone to explain the technical information and help explain your group's feelings and ideas to the officials in charge of cleaning up the site, as well as getting supplies and equipment to help with these efforts. For more information on these grants, contact your Regional CIC and ask for a copy of the Superfund TAG Handbook and the TAG factsheets.
Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) is a new program to provide independent, non-advocacy educational and technical assistance to communities affected by hazardous waste sites regulated by the RCRA and Superfund programs, including sites on federal facilities and tribal land.
Technical Assistance for Public Participation (TAPP)
TAPP is a Department of Defense program to help community members of Restoration Advisory Boards and Technical Review Committees understand the technical aspects of clean-up efforts at military bases. TAPP uses government issued purchase orders to hire experts to advise the community members on technical issues. TAPP provides up to $25,000 a year or one percent of the total cost of completing the cleanup at the base, whichever is less. Total funding for any base is limited to $100,000. For information, call (703) 697-9106.
This issue of Superfund Today contains the following information:
- Focusing on Superfund Resources
- First Steps
- Important Phone Numbers
- Helpful Documents
- Educational Materials
- Electronic Resources
- Technical Assistance
- Regional Contacts