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This weekend event provided training and problem-solving opportunities for concerned community members, cleanup project managers, and regulators as an effort to improve public participation in cleanup decisionmaking processes. July 18-20, 1997 at Amherst College, in Massachusetts.

Workshop Report: Two Tape Recorders and a Duct Tape Roll


Northeast Federal Facilities Cleanup Workshop
July 18, 19, and 20, 1997
Amherst, Massachusetts


Friday, July 18

7:30 PM Welcome Gregory Prince, President, Hampshire College

7:40 PM Opening Remarks Representative John Olver - (D) Massachusetts

8:00 PM Reception

9:30 PM Adjourn


Saturday, July 19 - Workshop Day I

8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM Review of Agenda and Logistics
Jeff Green - Project Coordinator, Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS)

9:05 AM Workshop Introduction
Aimée Houghton - Communications Coordinator, Career/Pro

9:30 AM Around-the-Room Introductions

10:00 AM BREAK

10:15 AM U.S. Air Force Cleanup Initiatives & Progress
Tad McCall - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Envir. Safety and Occup. Health, USAF

11:00 AM Case Study: Otis Air National Guard Base / Mass. Military Reservation
Panel Moderator: Lenny Siegel
Susan Walker - Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod
Virginia Valiela - Selectman, Town of Falmouth
Andrea Papadopoulas - Massachusetts Deptartment of Environmental Protection
Vanessa Musgrave - Installation Restoration Program, Otis ANGB/MMR

12:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM Legislation, Regulatory Policy, and Oversight
Panel Discussion:
Paula Fitzsimmons - Chief, Remed. and Rest. II Branch, Site Remed.& Rest., USEPA Region 1
Anne Malewicz - Fed Fac Sect Chief, Waste Site Cleanup, Mass Dept. of Envir Prot
Vicky Peters - Sr Asst Atty Gen, CERCLA Lit Unit, Nat Res Sect, State of Colorado
Richard Pease - Sup, Remed Eng, Waste Mgmt Div., New Hampshire Dept of Envir Serv

Question and Answer Session

2:45 PM Environmental Justice: Economic Conversion for the Local Workforce
Haywood Turrentine - Laborers District Council, Education &
Training Foundation; National Envir Justice Advisory Comm

3:30 PM Workshop Breakout
Active Bases Community and Environmental Impacts, Pollution Prevention
Closing Bases Future Land Use, Land Transfer Issues, Economic Recovery
Mixed Case Downsizing, Early Land Transfer, Devel Issues, Concurrent Civilian/Military Use

4:50 PM Concluding Remarks

5:00 PM Adjourn


Sunday, July 20 - Workshop Day II
9:00 AM Community Participation in the Cleanup Process, Principles of Partnership
Lenny Siegel - Director, Career/PRO

9:30 AM Case Study: Starting a RAB at the Watertown Arsenal
Susan Falkoff - Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety

10:30 AM BREAK

10:45 AM Use of Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments in Cleanup Decisionmaking
Ted Schettler - Physicians for Social Responsibility

11:15 AM Air Force Enhanced Site-Specific Risk Assessment
Col. Greg Postelwaite - Dep for Public Health, Ofc of Envir Safety and Occup Health, USAF

12:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM Budgeting, Funding and Priority Setting
Lenny Siegel - Director, Career/Pro

1:30 PM Roundtable Discussions
Changing Roles of Science, Technology, and Expertise
Jeff Green - Project Coordinator, ISIS
Herb Bernstein - President, ISIS
Community Organizing & Networking
Bob Schaeffer - Military Production Network
Aimée Houghton - Career/PRO
Technical Assistance
Ted Henry - Program in Toxicology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Susan Steenstrup - Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, Mass. Dept of Envir Protection
Military Activity on the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico
Robert Rabin Siegal - Comité Pro Rescate y Desarollo de Vieques

3:15 PM Closing Remarks

3:30 PM Adjourn