Things you should Know
Submitted by bswinford1 on August 10, 2009 - 8:38pm.
Below is a link to a video with interviews with members of Concerned Citizens from Perry County.
Submitted by nomorelifeonswanpond on August 1, 2009 - 7:48pm.
A process in the Cleanup of the TVA Kingston Disaster includes as part of the Superfund, the formation of a community group....
In the TVA disaster, it will most likely be what is called a CAG, or Community Advisory Group. A Community Advisory Group is a term EPA uses to define a committee, task force, or board comprised of residents affected by a hazardous waste site.
CAGs are made up of members of the community and is designed to serve as the focal point for the exchange of information among the local community and the EPA, the State regulatory agency, and other pertinent Federal agencies involved in the cleanup of the Superfund site.
CAGs enhance public participation in the cleanup process by providing a public forum where representatives of diverse community interests can discuss their concerns and learn from each other.
The CAG can assist the EPA in making better decisions on how to clean up the site. It offers EPA a unique opportunity to hear and seriously consider community preferences for site clean up and remediation.
The size of the CAG will depend on the needs of the affected community. Typically CAGs have 15-20 members, who are willing to devote at least 2 years to the CAG. Some CAGs continue for longer periods of time, due to the extent of a particular cleanup. Anniston Alabama has a CAG that has been ongoing since September 2003, and continues due to the large scale cleanup needed in that area: Link...
CAGs will also provide information to the public regarding the cleanup and progress. The CAG will received a grant to hire an independent Technical Advisor to assist with the information processes related to data received from all entities working within the clean up site.
To learn more: Link...
Superfund Today - Focus on the Community Advisory Group
CAGs; Case Studies:
The TVA/Roane County CAG is now forming. There are currently 12 core members, with nominations being accepted until next Thursday, August 6th.
If you would like more information regarding Nominations, or are interested in applying for the position of Technical Advisor you may contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants for the Technical Advisor position should be someone who can provide at least the following:
Help our community to better understand cleanup technologies and their effectiveness;
Be responsible for reviewing, interpreting, and explaining technical materials in an understandable way;
Meet with our community to answer questions and to listen to our concerns;
Please note: The technical advisor is a paid position, and the CAG is currently asking for interested persons to send a resume by email to:
email@example.com with the subject line Technical Advisor.
The group would prefer someone locally (East Tennessee), due to the cost of travel.
If you have any questions, the group will do their best to answer them, just send them an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by bswinford1 on July 3, 2009 - 3:55pm.
A PDF of the letter from the law firm to TDEC and EPA as well as the water sample results and data can be found on the link below.
The link also includes a document prepared by United Mountain Defense that outlines all the heavy metal data that exceeded Tennessee’s water quality standards for these tests.
I would love to hear what other scientist have to say about the significance of this data.
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