How can EPA better engage and prepare local communities, especially economically disadvantaged communities, to meaningfully participate in government decisions on land cleanup, emergency response, and the management of hazardous materials and waste?
Local communities are directly affected by EPA actions related to environmental emergencies, cleanup of contaminated land and pollution, and management of hazardous materials and waste. Communities live with the decisions about these problems long after EPA finishes the work. EPA is starting a new Community Engagement Initiative to strengthen OSWER’s program efforts to consistently and effectively engage local communities and their stakeholders in decision making processes to produce outcomes that are protective and aligned with community goals.
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