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Community Involvement

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) applies the term community involvement to its commitment to early and meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanup. The foundation of Superfund's community involvement program is the belief that members of the public affected by a Superfund site have a right to know what the Agency is doing in their community and to have a say in the decision-making process.

Assistance in answering questions concerning Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) and remediation enforcement is available through the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE)

Community Education and Participation

Community Involvement
Addresses the Community Involvement Processes organized around Superfund site cleanups. A variety of topics are covered including: a layperson description of the Superfund process, definitions of Superfund acronyms, and investigations of the various public groups and grants that help those communities that are dealing with a Superfund Site. Informational hotline numbers along with links for kids and teachers are provided.

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EPA Guidance and Policy for Community Involvement

"Superfund Community Involvement Handbook"
Presents legal and policy requirements for Superfund community involvement and additional suggestions for involving the community in the Superfund process. These suggestions are intended to enact EPA's commitment to providing the public with every opportunity to become meaningfully involved during the process. [105 pp]
EPA 540/K-01/003
PDF Searchable (562 K)

"Publishing Effective Public Notices" (April 1997)
Publishing public notices is one of the methods the Superfund Community Involvement program uses to announce public events and to inform communities about cleanup activities at Superfund sites. This fact sheet offers suggestions to improve EPA's efforts to produce easily understood public notices. [8 pp]
EPA 540/K-97/001, OSWER 9378.0-8FS, NTIS:PB97-963202
PDF Searchable (351 K)

"Early and Meaningful Community Involvement" (October 2001)
This memo builds on the 1991 memo (OSWER 9230.0-18) to encourage more substantive involvement of communities starting at the onset of cleanup. It details six practices to follow during Superfund responses. [5 pp]
OSWER 9230.0-99
PDF Searchable (51 K)

"Incorporating Citizen Concerns into Superfund Decision-Making" (January 1991)
Focuses on how to effectively assess and integrate the community's interests into the Superfund remedy selection process. [4 pp]
OSWER 9230.0-18
PDF Searchable (39 K)

"Section X: Community Relations/Public Participation" from CERCLA /Superfund Orientation Manual (October 1992)
Serves as a guide to CERCLA and assists EPA and State personnel involved with hazardous waste remediation and emergency response. Section ten provides an overview of the requirements of public awareness and participation relating to Superfund activity. [7pp]
EPA 542/R-92/005, NTIS: PB93-193852INZ
PDF Searchable (1.4 MB)

Superseded Documents

"RCRA, Superfund and EPCRA Hotline Training Module. Introduction to - Superfund Community Involvement" (June 1997) EPA/540/R-98/027, OSWER-9205.5-12

Superseded by:

"RCRA, Superfund and EPCRA Hotline Training Module. Introduction to - Superfund Community Involvement" (June 1998 - Updated February 1998)
EPA/540/R-98/027, OSWER-9205.5-12A


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