2003 Progress Report: HSRC Technology Transfer, Training, and Outreach

EPA Grant Number: R828773C005
Subproject: this is subproject number 005 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R828773
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: HSRC (2001) - South and Southwest HSRC
Center Director: Reible, Danny D.
Title: HSRC Technology Transfer, Training, and Outreach
Investigators: Fitzpatrick McCook, Leigh , Ford, Denise Rousseau , Schmitter, Bob , Hodges, M.
Current Investigators: Schmitter, Bob , Ford, Denise Rousseau
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology , Rice University
Current Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology , Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2006 (Extended to September 30, 2007)
Project Period Covered by this Report: October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003
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 objective of this research project is to provide no-cost, nonadvocate technical assistance to communities in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 4 and 6 addressing issues of environmental contamination. Our Technical Outreach Services to Communities (TOSC) assistance efforts strive to provide communities with the information they need to ask pertinent questions regarding contamination in their neighborhoods and remediation options, and to become informed participants in any decisionmaking processes. This effort also has the objective of widely disseminating research findings and technical expertise on hazardous substance/sediments remediation to interested communities.

Progress Summary:

By working closely with local, state, and federal environmental protection agencies, TOSC has been able to assist small, newly organized communities and large, multicommunity organizations that have an established presence and are a driving force in local environmental assessment and remediation efforts. TOSC markets its services directly to communities through participation in national and regional environmental conferences, contact with state and federal environmental agencies, and word of mouth from communities that have benefitted from TOSC's services. Broader dissemination of the Center's work is achieved via workshops and presentations, traditional publications, electronic newsletters, Web sites, and Internet-based communication.


Outreach Activities. During the 2003 calendar year, TOSC assisted 16 communities with various needs and issues. A listing of the communities that TOSC has assisted in this funding year is provided below. TOSC continues to maintain a steady level of work assisting communities in nearly every state in the South and Southwest. Activity continues with long-term clients in areas such as Corpus Christi, Texas, and Southern Pines, North Carolina. For community groups such as the Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) in Corpus Christi, Texas, TOSC activities have included numerous document reviews, public meeting attendance, a workshop presentation, and facilitation both within CFEJ as well as with state and federal agencies. Shorter, less intensive efforts were conducted on behalf of several community groups, including Wade Walker Park in Atlanta, Georgia, where TOSC has provided technical reviews for several documents.

During the latter months of 2003, several new communities expressed interest in TOSC assistance. Work continues with the challenging issues arising from assistance with Fort McClellan, Alabama, and with air quality issues in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Communities assisted by TOSC in 2002-2003 include:

Region 4
Southern Pines, North Carolina
Holly Hill, South Carolina
Wade Walker Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama
Savannah, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Columbus, Mississippi
Navassa, North Carolina

Region 6
Calcasieu Estuary Community Task Force, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Calcasieu League for Environmental Action Now, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
ASARCO Inc., El Paso, Texas
CFEJ, Corpus Christi, Texas
Residents for Air Neutralization, Shreveport, Louisiana
Lisbon, Louisiana
Alsen Environmental Justice Community Organization, Alsen, Louisiana
Concerned Citizens of Iberville Parish, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Technology Transfer Activities

Web Activities.

Main Center Web Site

• Regular maintenance with continuous updating of the What's New Page.
• Preparation of a Web page on Louisiana State University's celebration of 25 years of U.S. EPA hazardous substance research with video clips of main speakers' presentations.

Outreach Web Site

• Regular maintenance and addition of several new communities.
• Addition of three new Environmental Update fact sheets.
• Updating of the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Page with new program descriptions.

Five Center Web Sites

• Redesign of five Center outreach sites for greater graphic appeal.
• Continuous updating of the What's New Page.
• Addition of link to Research Briefs for all of the Centers.
• Coordination of publicity for Center Research Briefs to the National Institutes of Health e-mail distribution list.
• Updating of outreach map of community assists.

Anacostia Web Site

• Continuous expansion of reports available for download on this site.
• Updating of the What’s New Page.

Sediments Research Community (SedWeb Site)

• Updating of Links to Resources Page.
• Redesign and continuous maintenance of Bulletin Board Page.
• Publication of monthly e-mail newsletter on news developments in the sediments research community.

Online Center Newsletter

• Publication of Spring/Summer and Fall 2003 issues of Web-based newsletter for the Center.

Sediment Stability Workshop Web Site

• Preparation of a Web site for a workshop on Sediment Stability with Powerpoint presentations available for download.


• Development of the Hazardous Substance Research Center outreach CD-ROM.

• Preparation and publication of three Environmental Updates for Communities with one in development: (1) Understanding the Principals of Groundwater; (2) Guidelines for Getting a Contaminated Site Placed on the National Priorities List; (3) Environmental Update of the Petroleum Industry; and (4) Quality Reassurance for Brownfields Communities (in development).

• Production of a new Research Brief (number 24) on the Fate of Heavy Metals and Inorganic Compounds During Sediment Resuspension.

• Development of new Research Brief on the Bioturbation and Bioavailability of Residual, Desorption-Resistant Contaminants.

• Publication of progress reports on Center-sponsored research projects on the main Web site.

Future Activities:

We will continue to provide to provide no-cost, nonadvocate technical assistance to communities in U.S. EPA Regions 4 and 6 addressing issues of environmental contamination.

Journal Articles:

No journal articles submitted with this report: View all 11 publications for this subproject

Supplemental Keywords:

data dissemination, Superfund, hazardous waste, community outreach, technical assistance, Technical Outreach Services to Communities, TOSC, Technical Assistance to Brownfields, TAB, empowerment, stakeholders, education, health, waste, ecology and ecosystems, hazardous, hazardous waste, health risk assessment, risk assessments, community support, contaminant dynamics, contaminant transport, hazardous substance contamination, human exposure, human health risk, outreach material, technical outreach, technology transfer., RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Health Risk Assessment, Risk Assessments, Hazardous Waste, Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecology and Ecosystems, Hazardous, outreach material, contaminant transport, contaminant dynamics, human exposure, technology transfer, human health risk, technical outreach, web development, community support

Relevant Websites:

http://www.hsrc.org Exit
http://www.sediments.org Exit

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R828773    HSRC (2001) - South and Southwest HSRC

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828773C001 Bioturbation and Bioavailability of Residual, Desorption-Resistant Contaminants
    R828773C002 In-Situ Containment and Treatment of Contaminated Sediments: Engineering Cap Integrity and Reactivity
    R828773C003 Phytoremediation in Wetlands and CDFs
    R828773C004 Contaminant Release During Removal and Resuspension
    R828773C005 HSRC Technology Transfer, Training, and Outreach