EPA organizes community action group for Fridley’s Superfund sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to form community action groups to discuss Superfund sites in Fridley.

An area resident, front, learns more about Superfund sites in Fridley at the Aug. 22, 2012, health fair at the Fridley Community Center. The city of Fridley, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored the health fair. Representatives from these and other groups brought information on health trends, pollutants, radon, chemical plumes in underground water sources and more. (File photo by Sarah Peterson)

An area resident, front, learns more about Superfund sites in Fridley at the Aug. 22, 2012, health fair at the Fridley Community Center. The city of Fridley, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored the health fair. Representatives from these and other groups brought information on health trends, pollutants, radon, chemical plumes in underground water sources and more. (File photo by Sarah Peterson)

EPA staff will host two action group informational sessions, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E.  At these upcoming sessions, EPA staff will provide information on how to form a community action group and choose its members.

The Superfund program is authorized by the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which lays out a plan for cleaning up the nation’s most hazardous waste locations. CERCLA requires community involvement so residents near a Superfund site have a say in cleanup decisions.

Action group members will get up-to-date information on the status of the cleanups from EPA and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) representatives. Grant money may also be available so the action group can hire its own independent expert.

Community action group members will help EPA and MPCA staff and the community exchange information about site activities and local concerns. Members will meet with individuals and groups in the community to obtain their views and get their feedback.

Membership is voluntary, and the EPA recommends that members should be willing to serve two-year terms. Members will meet regularly and review and comment on technical documents and plans related to the environmental studies and cleanup activities at the Fridley sites.

All community action group meetings will be open to the public.

If you have any questions or need special accommodations for this event, contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Nefertiti DiCosmo toll-free at 800-621-8431, ext. 66148, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays, or at dicosmo.nefertiti@epa.gov.

Info: tinyurl.com/cxrheuv or 312-886-6148 (EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Nefertiti DiCosmo).

 

Contact Sarah Peterson at sarah.peterson@ecm-inc.com

 
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