Technical Outreach Services for Communities and Technical Assistance to Brownfields

EPA Grant Number: R829515C006
Subproject: this is subproject number 006 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R829515
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: HSRC - Rocky Mountain Regional Hazardous Substance Research Center for Remediation of Mine Waste Sites
Center Director: Shackelford, Charles D.
Title: Technical Outreach Services for Communities and Technical Assistance to Brownfields
Investigators: Woods, Sandra L.
Current Investigators: Burgher, Karl , Mellott, Kevin
Institution: Colorado State University
Current Institution: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2006
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Hazardous Substance Research Centers - HSRC (2001) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management


The Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) program was created in 1994 to provide technical assistance to communities impacted by hazardous wastes. Through this program, the Rocky Mountain Regional HSRC will provide educational resources to help citizens gain a better understanding of the environmental problem allowing them to make informed decisions and participate more fully in activities that affect their communities.

This RMRHSRC will work with communities and other stakeholders to meet community needs. Example activities include: (1) creating technical assistance materials or information community members about existing materials, (2) providing technical information to help community members become active participants in cleanup and environmental development activities, (3) reviewing and interpreting technical documents and other materials, and (4) sponsoring workshops, short courses, and other learning experiences as needed.


Because of the many different types of communities served and the wide variety of contaminants and issues, it is impossible to create a single method to work with all communities. However, several best practices that will be applied.

  • The Rocky Mountain Regional HSRC will assemble an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff to work with communities, as necessary.
  • The Center will involve stakeholders in the community and in local, state and federal agencies.
  • TOSC and the community will develop a needs assessment jointly.
  • The community and TOSC Program will develop an initial agreement establishing needs, and providing information about community evaluation of the TOSC project.

Expected Results:

There are many activities that can be conducted to assist communities. These include (1) conducting technical presentations and seminars, (2) reviewing technical documents, (3) providing literature related to treatment technologies, (3) conducting workshops related to risk, (4) providing assistance with redevelopment projects (such as field demonstrations), (5) participating in public meetings, (6) assisting the community group develop its capacity to monitor sites - such as determining access to monitoring data, and (7) providing information on health and environmental risk of applicable contaminants. The Rocky Mountain Regional HSRC will provide assistance in many ways - through the development of print-based materials (such as creation of handbooks or compilation and review of literature), through face-to-face meetings, seminars, and workshops, or through use of technologies (such as the Internet including development of Web sites, Internet-based instruction, or electronic newsletters). Each of these methods will be used as appropriate to help communities better understand technical issues and make informed choices. In addition to providing assistance to communities in Region 8 facing issues dealing with all types of contaminated sites, the Rocky Mountain Regional HSRC will assist other regional HSRC's dealing with issues concerning mining wastes and acid mine drainage.

Supplemental Keywords:

acid mine drainage, remediation, mine waste, risk assessment, technical outreach., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Industry Sectors, Waste, Water, Contaminated Sediments, Remediation, Environmental Chemistry, Mining - NAIC 21, Brownfields, Hazardous Waste, Ecological Risk Assessment, Hazardous, Environmental Engineering, risk assessment, brownfield sites, contaminant transport, contaminated waste sites, contaminated marine sediment, suspended sediment, acid mine drainage, runoff, sediment transport, stream ecosystems, remediation technologies, training and outreach, natural organic matter, field monitoring, mining, Selenium, treatment, aquatic ecosystems, technical assistance, water quality, technology transfer, outreach and education, environmental education, arsenic, groundwater, heavy metals, mining impacted watershed, mining wastes, technical outreach, metal contamination, acid mine runoff

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2002
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 2005 Progress Report
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R829515    HSRC - Rocky Mountain Regional Hazardous Substance Research Center for Remediation of Mine Waste Sites

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R829515C001 Redox Transformations, Complexation and Soil/Sediment Interactions of Inorganic Forms of As and Se in Aquatic Environments: Effects of Natural Organic Matter
    R829515C002 Fate and Transport of Metals and Sediment in Surface Water
    R829515C003 Metal Removal Capabilities of Passive Bioreactor Systems: Effects of Organic Matter and Microbial Population Dynamics
    R829515C004 Evaluating Recovery of Stream Ecosystems from Mining Pollution: Integrating Biochemical, Population, Community and Ecosystem Indicators
    R829515C005 Rocky Mountain Regional Hazardous Substance Research Center Training and Technology Transfer Program
    R829515C006 Technical Outreach Services for Communities and Technical Assistance to Brownfields
    R829515C007 Evaluation of Hydrologic Models for Alternative Covers at Mine Waste Sites
    R829515C008 Microbial Reduction of Uranium in Mine Leachate by Fermentative and Iron-Reducing Bacteria
    R829515C009 Development and Characterization of Microbial Inocula for High-Performance Passive Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage
    R829515C010 Reactive Transport Modeling of Metal Removal From Anaerobic Biozones
    R829515C011 Assessment of Electrokinetic Injection of Amendments for Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
    R829515C012 Metal Toxicity Thresholds for Important Reclamation Plant Species of the Rocky Mountains
    R829515C013 An Improved Method for Establishing Water Quality Criteria for Mining Impacted Streams