2004 Progress Report: Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Programs

EPA Grant Number: R828772C009
Subproject: this is subproject number 009 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R828772
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: HSRC (2001) - Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center for Developing In-Situ Processes for VOC Remediation in Groundwater and Soils
Center Director: Semprini, Lewis
Title: Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Programs
Investigators: Williamson, Kenneth J. , Lach, Denise H.
Institution: Oregon State University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2003 (Extended to August 31, 2006)
Project Period Covered by this Report: September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Hazardous Substance Research Centers - HSRC (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management

Objective:

The Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) Program is a technical assistance project designed to aid communities confronted with environmental contamination by hazardous waste sites.

The Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) program provides assistance to communities attempting to address cleanup and redevelopment of properties whose reuse has been prevented by real or perceived contamination. The TAB program makes use of the same faculty, consultant, and research assistant staff as those involved in the TOSC program. TAB attempts to improve involvement of all affected parties in the cleanup and redevelopment process through education and training. TAB also attempts to accelerate the redevelopment process through the application of HSRC and other research and through improved community involvement.

Progress Summary:

Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC)

Rationale: TOSC provides interested community groups with technical information and assistance that can enable early and meaningful public participation in decisions that affect health and welfare. The TOSC program provides a viable alternative strategy for communities that do not qualify for a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Approach: The Western Region’s (WR) outreach program is one of five nationally instituted community outreach programs. Centered at Oregon State University (OSU), the TOSC team is comprised of university faculty and students, as well as contracted environmental professionals with specialization in environmental engineering, risk communication, public health, information transfer, environmental justice, and community relations. The TOSC team provides communities with technical assistance related to understanding the effects of hazardous waste sites. Where appropriate, WR TOSC partners with staff of the Technical Outreach Services for Native American Communities (TOSNAC).

TOSC Active Communities:

Region 10
Oregon


Community Group: Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
Site: Portland Harbor
Location: Portland, OR
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: May 2003

Contaminants: Metals, PAHs, pesticides, VOCs

Description: The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) asked TOSC to review the April 17, 2003, field sampling plan, which is intended to support site characterization and risk assessment activities. The CAG has also asked TOSC to consider providing additional technical support in the future.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC is waiting to hear from the Department of Environmental Quality about updating the 2000 Environmental Finance Committee report to recommend funding mechanisms for the cleanup.

Region 10
Washington


Community Group: Skykomish Environmental Coalition
Site: Burlington Northern Sante Fe Yard
Location: Skykomish, WA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 5/1/04

Contaminants: Petroleum (diesel, Bunker C)

Description: Community contacted TOSC for assistance in reviewing a remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) for this closed railroad facility. There is free product on groundwater as well as lead and arsenic contamination in surface soil.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review investigation and cleanup documents. Participate in community group and formal public meetings.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC recently reviewed BNSF’s proposed revisions to the feasibility study and met with the community to discuss the report and future site activities.

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Community Group: Spokane Indian Tribe
Site: Midnite Mine
Location: Spokane, WA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: 1/1/04

Contaminants: Uranium, heavy metals

Description: TOSC and TOSNAC are providing assistance to the community related to risk assessment and feasibility studies for the mine cleanup.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC participated in a workshop on risk assessment in Wellpinit, WA, on August 24, 2004. The workshop was organized by TOSNAC and included presentations on various aspects of risk assessment by TOSNAC, TOSC, and EPA Region 10 staff.

Region 9
Arizona


Community Group: Downtown Southwest Neighborhood Association
Location: South Phoenix, AZ
TOSC Contact: Stephanie Sanford, stephanie.sanford@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5861
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 11/20/02

Contaminants: Air pollutants from traffic, industry, and waste treatment

Description: The community is concerned about the health of its residents, particularly as it is affected by air quality and other environmental impacts.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Seek to establish air monitoring and appropriate data collection and analysis within the boundaries of the neighborhood; produce summary educational materials for community members from the technical report, “Environmental Review for Neighborhoods for Justice”; and assist the community in tracking the status of air quality permits for entities located in or near the neighborhood.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC is establishing a relationship with a new community contact after the death of its community leader, Ethel Lane.

Region 9
California


Community Group: Valley Center
Location: Valley Center, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 3/14/04

Contaminants: Pesticides and MTBE

Description: The community is concerned about their health and the number of cancer cases among neighborhood children.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Help the community understand the epidemiological report concerning childhood cancer and explain the methodology used for data collection and analysis as well as the inclusion/exclusion criteria; explain the results from the MTBE water testing at local schools and the collection and analysis procedures; support the community’s request for city and state to test the city water and well water in schools for MTBE and pesticides; help the community convince the city and state to test the soil around the school grounds for pesticides and MTBE; and evaluate the regulatory status of Dursban (chlorpyrifos) and report to the community.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC has prepared a report to explain the process by which the University of California at Irvine evaluated the incidence of cancer in Valley Center. The purpose of the report is to help the community understand that study. TOSC’s resources in this effort include an epidemiologist from Oregon Health and Sciences University and the Department of Statistics at OSU. TOSC expects to provide its final report to the community by December 2004.

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Community Group: Air Force Plant 42 ERAB
Site: Air Force Plant 42
Location: Palmdale, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 3/1/02

Contaminants: TCE in groundwater

Description: TOSC is reviewing documents related to cleanup of groundwater contamination.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review remedial investigation and feasibility study and participate in RAB meetings.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC expects to review a draft feasibility study this fall.

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Community Group: Tustin RAB
Site: Marine Corps Air Facility
Location: Orange County, CA
TOSC Contact: Ken Williamson, ken.williamson@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6836
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 8/21/97

Contaminants: TCE and other VOCs in groundwater

Description: TOSC is providing assistance to an established Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) regarding remediation activities at a Marine Corps Air Station. RI/FS completed.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Regular attendance at Restoration Advisory Board meetings; review and comment on RI/FS and draft and final ROD documents at OU-3; review and comment on draft RI/FS at OU-1; ongoing educational programs for RAB members related to remediation plans and activities; and TOSC presentation on viability of bioremediation for the site.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: None

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Community Group: Willits Citizens for Environmental Justice
Site: Abex-Remco Hydraulics
Location: Willits, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 4/1/00

Contaminants: Hexavalent chromium in soils and groundwater; TCE and other VOCs in groundwater

Description: TOSC has assisted this community during the investigation and remediation of the Abex-Remco facility. A TOSC member has served on the Site Team, which includes representatives from the community, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the California Department of Health Services. TOSC is providing assistance related to health impacts and cleanup of chromium and VOC contamination.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review and comment on remedial investigation reports, sampling plans, and health risk assessments; and conduct public environmental education workshops.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC gave a presentation on risk assessment at the September 21, 2004, community meeting. TOSC is helping the community to create a Web site. The community has also asked TOSC to review the final Public Health Assessment report, which is being prepared by the California Department of Health Services.

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Community Group: Chester Street Block Club Association
Location: Oakland, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 9/1/01

Contaminants: Lead and vinyl chloride

Description: TOSC currently is participating in a series of mediation sessions with community and PRP representatives. The mediation is related to the cleanup of contaminated properties and subsequent development as a neighborhood park. The neighborhood association has filed a Title VI environmental justice complaint against the State of California, and the mediation sessions are an attempt to resolve the community’s concerns.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Agreed to provide technical support for community during the alternative dispute resolution process; this support includes reviewing investigation and cleanup documents for South Prescott Neighborhood Park and participating in mediation meetings.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC sent results of its review of a memo from DTSC to the community summarizing the status of issues related to the community’s environmental justice complaint. TOSC also made recommendations to EPA regarding locations for soil gas sampling in the vicinity of the play structure at South Prescott Neighborhood Park. The community requested that EPA collect soil vapor and ambient air samples to determine if park visitors were being exposed to vinyl chloride at the park.

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Community Group: Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network
Site: Fort Ord
Location: Marina, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 4/1/00

Contaminants: Ordnance and explosives, landfill gases, carbon tetrachloride, TCE

Description: TOSC is assisting the community in participating in the base cleanup and redevelopment process. TOSC will also assist the community by providing document review and information on health effects.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review and comment on technical documents; assistance in preparing for community meetings with the Army and regulatory agencies; and attending community group meeting and relevant public meetings when possible.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC has been working with the community to find funding for activities not covered by its TAG. TOSC will make a presentation on risk assessment at the October 11, 2004, community group meeting.

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Community Group: South Bay Cares
Site: Palos Verdes Landfill
Location: Palos Verdes, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date Letter of Agreement Signed: 10/3/03

Contaminants: Landfill leachate, mixed contaminants

Description: Community is concerned about health effects of developing an old landfill as a golf course. The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts are preparing a draft environmental impact report on this proposed development.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: None

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Community Group: Perchlorate Citizens Advisory Board
Location: San Martin, CA
TOSC Contact: Jerry Orlando, Jerry.Orlando@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5736
Letter of Agreement: 6/9/03

Contaminants: Perchlorate

Description: A large number of wells in the San Martin area are contaminated by perchlorate from a now closed flare manufacturing facility.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review and summarize technical documents and communicate such information. Attend and present information at PCAG meetings as mutually agreed upon.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC is evaluating its relationship with this community. The community is receiving much attention and assistance from local agencies, diminishing TOSC’s role. Talks are underway to adjust TOSC assistance.

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Community Group: Alameda Point Collaborative
Location: Alameda, CA
TOSC Contact: Jerry Orlando, Jerry.Orlando@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5736
Letter of Agreement: 3/1/02

Contaminants: Previously PAHs, now unspecified

Description: Former naval base housing now leased to the APC as transitional housing for groups in need (homeless, etc.). Originally contacted TOSC about a cleanup of PAH contaminated soil that occurred in the spring of 2003. At the request of the Navy cleanup manager, TOSC attended a community open house to answer residents concerns about health risks and exposures that may have occurred.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review of the EDC-5 Draft Site Inspection Report issued June 30, 2004, and future documents as needed. Present information and training in technical matters related to environmental conditions in the community. Attend BRAC meetings and provide support as needed.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC summarized the Site Inspection Report and presented the summary to the community. TOSC then attended the BRAC meeting later that day where the report was presented by the consultant that produced it.

TOSC Inactive Communities:

Arizona
Don’t Waste Arizona (Phoenix)

California
Elem Tribe (Clearlake)

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Geographic Area, Waste, Health Risk Assessment, environmental justice, Risk Assessments, Hazardous Waste, Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecology and Ecosystems, Hazardous, EPA Region, outreach material, Region 9, contaminant transport, contaminant dynamics, hazardous environmental exposures, environmental risks, risk communication workshops, education, training and outreach, human exposure, remediation, community outreach, technology transfer, Region 10, community based intervention, human health risk, technical outreach, community support, hazardous substance contamination

Relevant Websites:

http://wrhsrc.oregonstate.edu/ Exit
http://tosc.oregonstate.edu/TAB/index.htm Exit
http://tosc.oregonstate.edu/ Exit

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 2002
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2005 Progress Report
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R828772    HSRC (2001) - Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center for Developing In-Situ Processes for VOC Remediation in Groundwater and Soils

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828772C001 Developing and Optimizing Biotransformation Kinetics for the Bio- remediation of Trichloroethylene at NAPL Source Zone Concentrations
    R828772C002 Strategies for Cost-Effective In-situ Mixing of Contaminants and Additives in Bioremediation
    R828772C003 Aerobic Cometabolism of Chlorinated Aliphatic Hydrocarbon Compounds with Butane-Grown Microorganisms
    R828772C004 Chemical, Physical, and Biological Processes at the Surface of Palladium Catalysts Under Groundwater Treatment Conditions
    R828772C005 Effects of Sorbent Microporosity on Multicomponent Fate and Transport in Contaminated Groundwater Aquifers
    R828772C006 Development of the Push-Pull Test to Monitor Bioaugmentation with Dehalogenating Cultures
    R828772C007 Development and Evaluation of Field Sensors for Monitoring Bioaugmentation with Anaerobic Dehalogenating Cultures for In-Situ Treatment of TCE
    R828772C008 Training and Technology Transfer
    R828772C009 Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Programs
    R828772C010 Aerobic Cometabolism of Chlorinated Ethenes by Microorganisms that Grow on Organic Acids and Alcohols
    R828772C011 Development and Evaluation of Field Sensors for Monitoring Anaerobic Dehalogenation after Bioaugmentation for In Situ Treatment of PCE and TCE
    R828772C012 Continuous-Flow Column Studies of Reductive Dehalogenation with Two Different Enriched Cultures: Kinetics, Inhibition, and Monitoring of Microbial Activity
    R828772C013 Novel Methods for Laboratory Measurement of Transverse Dispersion in Porous Media
    R828772C014 The Role of Micropore Structure in Contaminant Sorption and Desorption