2005 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, 2004 through August 31, 2005
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.

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: Railroad Pollution Coalition
Site: Union Pacific Rail Yard
Location: Eugene, OR
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date of Letter of Agreement: December 2004
Contaminants: Petroleum, PAHs, chlorinated solvents

Description: The community is concerned about cleanup of a Union Pacific Rail Yard in Eugene, OR.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Review background site investigation documents and revised risk assessment report when available; participate in community group meetings as appropriate.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC plans to review the risk assessment from UPPR when it is available.

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Community Group: Dallas
Site: Boise Cascade
Location: Dallas, OR
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: 02/01/01

Contaminants: Herbicides and pesticides

Description: Members of the Dallas community are concerned about aerial pesticide applications in neighboring Boise Cascade tree plots and their impact on human and animal health.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC met with the community contact to review her documentation and discuss a possible health survey. TOSC also met with the Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC) Board to discuss TOSC activities and how the PARC member agencies may support them.

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Community Group: Oregon State Penitentiary
Location: Salem, OR
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date of Letter of Agreement: 08/31/98

Contaminants: PCE and TCE

Description: TOSC provided assistance to the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) community group regarding an imminent interim removal action measure (IRAM) and health concerns related to PCE and TCE groundwater contamination and cleanup. TOSC helped evaluate air quality concerns in local residential basements and possible exposures though ingestion of local produce, soil contact, and incidental ingestion of soil.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC reviewed and commented on the work plan for the facility’s remedial design.

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Community Group: Concerned Citizens for Clean Air
Site: Georgia Pacific Kraft Mill
Location: Toledo, OR
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: 9/15/05

Contaminants: The community is concerned about emissions from the pulp mill and human health effects. Community members experience headaches, burning eyes, nausea, and dizziness.

Description: The community wants technical assistance to provide feedback to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) at this time when the air and water permits are up for renewal.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC has met with the community and attended several public meetings regarding the renewal of air and water permits. The community is reviewing the draft Letter of Agreement for TOSC assistance.

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 of Letter of Agreement: 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 in 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: No activity this quarter.

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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 made presentations on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process and air considerations in the site cleanup at the 11/17/05 workshop on the reservation. TOSC is also providing comments on EPA’s proposed plan for cleaning up the mine site.

Region 9
California


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 attended the September Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting where the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) gave a presentation on the Public Health Assessment of the base that they released in 2004. TOSC met with a representative of the APC to discuss the future plans for the base and how that affects the residents of the APC.

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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 discussed “next steps” with the community, following their review of TOSC’s cancer evaluation report. TOSC also solicited comments from U.C. Irvine regarding the TOSC summary report and will incorporate the comments into the final report as appropriate.

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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 participated in the quarterly ERAB meeting and will review groundwater monitoring data and proposed additional work for Site 29.

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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, health risk assessments; and conduct public environmental education workshops.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC continues to seek grant opportunities to support a workshop on medical monitoring for Willits residents who were exposed to hexavalent chromium and VOCs from the Abex-Remco facility.

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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 has agreed to assist the community by reviewing soil vapor, ambient air quality, and groundwater monitoring data when they become available.

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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 continues to search for funding opportunities for environmental health support and in finding local partners to work with FOEJN on environmental health issues.

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Community Group: Elem Tribe
Site: Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine
Location: Clearlake, CA
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: 6/1/ 01

Contaminants: Mercury and other heavy metals

Description: TOSC is providing assistance to the Elem regarding contamination on their reservation and in Clear Lake.

Items in Letter of Agreement: Reviewing remedial investigation and feasibility study for the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC and TOSNAC are exploring opportunities for ongoing community education and outreach.

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

Contaminants: Perchlorate

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

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC made a presentation at the November 4 PCAG meeting summarizing two proposals by the Santa Clara Valley Water District dealing with forensic studies of perchlorate. The community has asked for assistance summarizing additional documents.

TOSC Potential Communities:

Region 9
Arizona


Community Group: Dewey-Humboldt Town Council
Location: Dewey-Humboldt, AZ
TOSC Contact: Jerry Orlando, jerry.orlando@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5736
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: August 2005

Contaminants: Lead, arsenic

Description: The Arizona DEQ alerted TOSC about this community. The community has several environmental issues pending including a voluntary cleanup in process, an old mine site and an EPA NPL listing investigation. After speaking with the EPA project manager for the area, TOSC decided to see if there is a need for their services.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC plans to visit the community in mid-December to assess the situation and determine how TOSC can help. TOSC will be meeting with both the town council and members of the community organization. In preparation for the visit, TOSC has reviewed a document submitted as part of the voluntary cleanup by one of the entities whose property is under investigation by the EPA.

Region 10
Oregon


Community Group: Mattel Community Advisory Group
Location: Beaverton, OR
TOSC Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023
Date TOSC Learned About the Community: 3/13/ 03

Contaminants: TCE

Description: TOSC has been asked to consider providing technical services to the DHS CAG regarding former employees of the Mattel View Master plant who were exposed to well water contaminated with high levels of TCE.

Notes on TOSC Activities This Quarter: TOSC continues to attend CAG meetings and expects to provide peer review of health study protocols as they are developed.

TOSC Inactive Communities:

Arizona
Downtown Southwest Neighborhood Association

Oregon
Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group

California
Tustin RAB
South Bay Cares
Protect Our Neighborhood Committee
Wyle Labs CAG

TAB Active Communities:

Region 10
Oregon


Organization: Oregon DEQ Brownfields Program
TAB Contact: Michael Fernandez, michael.fernandez@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4023

Description: TAB acts as a resource to the ODEQ brownfields program.

Notes on TAB Activities This Quarter: 1) TAB participated in the 2005 Oregon Brownfields Conference by organizing two sessions (Brownfields Basics and Meaningful Community Involvement) and making a short movie about brownfields redevelopment in three communities in Oregon.
2) TAB is working with the DEQ Brownfields Program to take the St. Helens Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) project (see below) to another small community in Oregon. In November, TAB met with the DEQ and four RSVP directors from southern Oregon to discuss the brownfields inventory program and gauge their interest in participating. It is anticipated that one or more volunteer groups will be organized in the spring of 2006.

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Organization: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
TAB Primary Contact: Jerry Orlando, jerry.orlando@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5736

Description: A joint project of the Oregon DEQ and RSVP. Volunteers developed a brownfields inventory then selected two publicly held sites for targeted redevelopment.

Notes on TAB Activities This Quarter: TAB is preparing to assist this group in expanding their brownfields inventory and promotional efforts to include privately held sites they believe are good candidates for redevelopment. Weekly meetings resumed in September.

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Organization: Housing Development Center (HDC)
Location: Bertha Station, Portland
TAB Primary Contact: Jerry Orlando, Jerry.Orlando@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5736

Description: HDC is working with the Community Partners for Affordable Housing, a 2005 petroleum cleanup grant recipient, and wants general technical assistance with a brownfield project in SW Portland. Plans are to build affordable senior housing. Assistance anticipated includes technology options, RFP writing, consultant selection, and some community outreach.

Notes on TAB Activities This Quarter: TAB has been gathering information for the preparation of an RFP/ Work Order that will be used to procure a contractor to oversee the cleanup of the site. TAB participated in the kick-off meeting with the EPA, HDC, and CPAH and has assisted with the RFP.

Region 10
Idaho


Organization: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Location: Six communities throughout Idaho
TAB Primary Contact: Jerry Orlando, Jerry.Orlando@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5736

Description: The Idaho DEQ is planning on taking the Oregon DEQ St. Helens RSVP project (using retired community volunteers to develop a brownfields inventory and promote brownfields redevelopment in their communities) to six cities in Idaho.

Notes on TAB Activities This Quarter: TAB met with representatives of the IDEQ and an RSVP director on a visit to Boise in September. Future plans include presenting the project idea to a meeting of Idaho RSVP directors, training the volunteers, and helping the IDEQ manage the project activities. The first training of RSVP volunteers will be held in Boise in late winter. TAB is adapting the Oregon training materials for Idaho.

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, Region 9, outreach material, contaminant transport, hazardous environmental exposures, contaminant dynamics, education, environmental risks, training and outreach, risk communication workshops, human exposure, remediation, community outreach, technology transfer, Region 10, community based intervention, CERCLA, human health risk, technical outreach, community support

Relevant Websites:

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Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 2002
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004 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