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The Environmental Protection Agency’s Use of Community Involvement to Engage Communities at Superfund Sites

Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 5204P, Washington, DC 20460, USA
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4166; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214166
Received: 12 August 2019 / Revised: 20 October 2019 / Accepted: 25 October 2019 / Published: 29 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Directions in Environmental Communication Research)
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program was established to identify, assess and clean up the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites to protect human health and the environment. Community involvement is an important part of the Superfund program for at least three reasons. First, involving communities in decision making at Superfund sites is a statutory requirement. Second, community involvement is important so that clean up decisions will support reuse in the surrounding community. Third, because even after cleanup many sites have residual contamination that warrants administrative and legal controls to protect health and the environment, community members should understand these controls to both help protect community members and any limitations on site reuse. Community feedback informs both proposed actions and local reuse decisions. While the EPA recognizes that the agency performs many activities that are helpful to support community involvement, there are areas in need of improvement and further research would be helpful for communities in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: superfund community involvement; superfund cleanups; brownfields; revitalization; public participation; site assessment superfund community involvement; superfund cleanups; brownfields; revitalization; public participation; site assessment
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Zaragoza, L.J. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Use of Community Involvement to Engage Communities at Superfund Sites. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4166. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214166

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