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U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

Federal Facilities Online Academy: Community Involvement at Federal Facilities

Sponsored by: US EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)

Archived: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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Community Involvement at Federal Facilities is a two-hour webinar course that focuses on community involvement requirements, resources, and techniques available for Federal Facilities being cleaned up at National Priorities List (NPL) sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn about community involvement requirements under CERCLA;
  • Understand the roles of the lead federal agency and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in public involvement at Federal Facilities;
  • Discover resources and tools available for community involvement activities;
  • Explore community involvement techniques and approaches that can be used at Superfund sites; and,
  • Identify community involvement opportunities throughout the Superfund process at Federal Facilities.

The instructional methodology for this course includes lecture, case studies, and group discussions. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The target audience for this course is federal, state, and tribal representatives who work on Federal Facility cleanups. Ideally, students should have a basic understanding of the CERCLA process. This course is part of the Federal Facilities Academy training program. Please consider registering for other Federal Facility Academy courses and obtain a certificate upon completion of the entire Federal Facility Academy series (12 courses total).

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Rehabilitation Act Notice for Reasonable Accommodation

It is EPA's policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency's programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to Emerald Laija at 202-564-2724 or Laija.Emerald@epa.gov, preferably one week or more in advance of the webinar, so that EPA will have sufficient time to process the request. EPA would welcome specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. Please note that accommodation requests for closed captioning are not necessary. Closed captioning is being provided for all CLU-IN webinars as of October 1, 2016.

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This webinar is intended solely to provide information to the public. The views and opinions expressed as part of this webinar do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is not intended, nor can it be relied upon, to create any rights enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States, or to endorse the use of products or services provided by specific vendors. With respect to this webinar, neither the United States Government nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.


Emerald LaijaEmerald Laija, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Laija.emerald@Epa.gov or 202-564-2724)
Emerald Laija is an Environmental Scientist who assists in Superfund federal cleanups of hazardous waste sites through the EPA Federal Facility Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) in Washington, DC. Her position includes implementing national policy, promoting consistency in cleanups, developing training materials, and developing relationships with other federal agencies and stakeholders. Before working in DC, Emerald worked as a Remedial Project Manager for 8 years in EPA's Hanford Project Office in Richland, WA. Through a work-sharing program, she continues to work as an RPM at Hanford in addition to her other duties. She earned a Master's Degree focused in Environmental Studies from University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Dianna YoungDianna Young, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Young.Dianna@epa.gov or 202-564-0542)
Dianna Young is a program analyst in EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office and has served in this capacity for 22 years. Her primary areas of responsibility are communications, community involvement, stakeholder engagement and Region 9 coordinator. From 1990-97, Dianna was the Community Involvement section chief in Region 9. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Public Information Officer for the WV Department of Natural Resources. She is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where she earned a teaching degree, and majored in journalism and Spanish.

Lisa Bradford Cunningham, EPA Region 3 (cunningham.Lisa@epa.gov or 215-814-3363)


Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov or 703-603-9924)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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If you have a suggested topic or idea for a future CLU-IN internet seminar, please contact:

Jean Balent
Technology Integration and Information Branch

PH: (703) 603-9924 | Email: balent.jean@epa.gov
Michael Adam
Technology Integration and Information Branch

PH: (703) 603-9915 | Email: adam.michael@epa.gov