Community Advisory Group (CAG) Resources
This page provides more information and resources on Community Advisory Groups (CAGs).
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CAG Fact Sheet
The Community Advisory Group (CAG) factsheet is a convenient resource that provides broad information on what a CAG is and how it can best serve the community affected by the Superfund site and EPA.
EPA's Guidance for Supporting Community Advisory Groups at Superfund Sites (OLEM 9230.0-138) is designed for Community Involvement Coordinators (CICs) and Site Managers to encourage the use of CAGs and to promote a better understanding of CAGs at Superfund sites.
This Toolkit is designed to provide a variety of information to help you set up, organize, and run your CAG. It can help you understand what a CAG is and decide if your community needs one.
Other Useful CAG Resources
The following resources, while out of date, still contain interesting and pertinent information about CAGs. Please feel free to view the below information, while EPA works to update their CAG resources.
Community Advisory Groups: Partners in Decisions at Hazardous Waste Sites, Case Studies
This document includes case studies of Community Advisory Groups at five hazardous waste sites. The case studies were developed based on interviews with community members involved in the Community Advisory Groups at these sites, EPA personnel, and State and local government personnel involved in the site cleanup efforts.
The Pine Street Barge Canal Coordinating Council is an 11-member Community Advisory Group formed in 1993 to address the complex issues regarding cleanup of the Pine Street Barge Canal Superfund site in Burlington, Vermont. The group includes a cross-section of stakeholders—citizens, environmental groups, potentially responsible parties (PRPs), the City of Burlington, State of Vermont, EPA, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was established in response to nearly unanimous community opposition to the original remedy proposed by EPA in 1992, which was withdrawn in 1993.
A Review of Community Advisory Groups in Region 5: Lessons Learned (PDF)
As part of its commitment to promoting community involvement at hazardous waste sites, EPA Region 5 conducted an informal review and evaluation of its support to Community Advisory Groups. This document summarizes lessons learned in the course of this review. Information was gathered via interviews with leaders of six selected Community Advisory Groups in order to learn more about how they are working and to determine what EPA can do to better support these groups. Interviewees were asked a series of questions that allowed them to share their insights and experiences forming and operating a Community Advisory Group and to suggest ways EPA can assist local groups in their efforts.