Federal Facilities Online Academy: Community Involvement at Federal Facilities
Sponsored by: US EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)
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. 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).
Emerald Laija, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Laija.emerald@Epa.gov or 202-564-2724)
Emerald Laija is an Environmental Scientist who works on Superfund 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, and developing relationships with other federal agencies and stakeholders. Before working in FFRRO, Emerald worked as a Remedial Project Manager for 8 years in EPA's Hanford Project Office in Richland, WA and continues to serve as a Hanford subject matter expert. 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.
Cal Baier-Anderson, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Baier-Anderson.caroline@Epa.gov or 202-564-0638)
Cal Baier-Anderson is a Physical Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) of the EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). Cal earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1999 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Prior to working in FFRRO, identified safer chemicals for use in cleaning products (EPA's Safer Choice program), she assessed risks of chemicals in commerce (EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics), served as a health scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and consulted on risk assessment and risk communication. Cal's work in FFRRO focuses on promoting consistent and effective cleanups at federal facilities Superfund sites. This includes leading PFAS problem-solving work groups and implementing considerations for environmental justice at Federal Facilities Superfund Sites.
Natasha Lohwater, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Lohwater.Natasha@epa.gov or 303-312-6225)
Jean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-566-0832)
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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