Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
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The Superfund Program places a high value on public participation during investigation and cleanup of hazardous sites. EPA believes that the more communities are informed and involved in the decision-making process, the better. Not only does community involvement give the public the ability to influence how a site is cleaned up and how people are affected by the process, the collaboration produces a better end result for everyone, including the environment.
The Community Involvement Office, located within the Superfund Division, is the conduit between communities and technical staff working on Superfund and Waste Division projects. Community Involvement Coordinators (CICs) are assigned to specific projects to assist communities in their interaction with EPA and ensure that technical staff is aware of issues that concern the public in relation to the work EPA is doing. As liaisons between technical project managers and the community, CICs provide opportunities for two-way communication throughout the life of a project.
Community Involvement Office
For more information about the Community Involvement Office and the tools available to communities, click on the topics below.
- About the Community Involvement Office Describes the role of the Superfund Community Involvement Office.
- Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) Technical assistance available to communities on issues dealing with Superfund and RCRA Hazardous Materials.
- Community Advisory Groups (CAGs)
Committees comprised of representatives of diverse community interests that meet regularly to discuss concerns about Superfund cleaups
- EPA's National Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program Web Site
Funding for community groups near hazardous waste cleanup sites to hire environmental technical experts to explain and help comment on EPA's cleanup documents.
- EPA's National Superfund Job Training Initiative Web Site
Supports environmental cleanup-related job training programs in communities affected by Superfund sites
- EPA's National Public Involvement Web Site
Shares information about public involvement activities across EPA and helps people understand how different types of public involvement relate to EPA programs and how public input can be used in EPA decision-making processes
Community Involvement Office
U.S. EPA, Region 9
75 Hawthorne St. (SFD-3)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Toll-free: (800) 231-3075
For more regional information about EPA's Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program, please contact Jackie Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org), Community Involvement Coordinator, (415) 972-3236.
For more regional information about EPA's Superfund Job Training Initiative (Super JTI) program, please contact Viola Cooper, (Cooper.Viola@epa.gov), Region 9 SuperJTI representative at toll-free (800) 231-3075 or directly at (415) 972-3243.
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