Community Involvement Tools and Resources

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General CI Toolkit Information

The Superfund Community Involvement Toolkit ("CI toolkit") provides Superfund Regional site teams, community involvement staff, and others with a practical easy-to-use aid for designing and enhancing community involvement activities. The CI toolkit helps users avoid some of the pitfalls common to the community involvement process. It enables them to quickly review and adapt a variety of community involvement tools to engage the community during all stages of the Superfund removal and remedial processes.

How to Use the Toolkit

Each community involvement tool in the toolkit describes an activity or resource that a Superfund site team may use to involve and inform the community. It explains how and when that activity or resource can be used in the Superfund process. It also provides tips for using the tool and notes whether or not it is required by law or regulation. Each tool cross-references other related tools and includes citations to additional reference materials or guidance. Note that multiple tools can be adopted, combined, or reinvented, as needed, to fit the specific needs of community involvement staff or the site team.

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Superfund Community Involvement Toolkit Files

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CI Handbook

The revised Superfund Community Involvement Handbook (CI Handbook) is now complete and is posted below! The CI Handbook provides guidance to EPA staff on how EPA typically plans and implements community involvement activities at Superfund sites. This guidance document is intended to help promote consistent implementation of community involvement regulations, policies and practices.


Citizen's Guides

To access the documents listed on this page, please use the document search tool below. Searching by document title or Superfund terms will generate a table of relevant results.

Note: Not all documents may be available at this time. EPA continues to update its website to enhance public access to Superfund-related information.

Citizen's Guide Series to Cleanup Technologies (Summary) (PDF) (1 pg, 710 K)You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.

The Citizen's Guide series is a set of fact sheets that summarizes cleanup methods used at Superfund and other sites. The series was originally released ten years ago and was updated in 2012 to include information about new technologies and techniques. Each fact sheet is two pages long and answers six questions about the cleanup method: 1) What is it? 2) How does it work? 3) How long will it take? 4) Is it safe? 5) How might it affect me? and 6) Why use it? These guides are are currently being translated to Spanish. Until then, the Spanish versions of the 2001 guides are still available.