Technical Assistance Needs Assessments (TANAs)


The Technical Assistance Needs Assessment (TANA) is a site-specific process that identifies whether a community requires additional support from EPA to understand technical information and to enable meaningful community involvement in the Superfund decision-making process. Through discussions with community members, EPA  identifies how the community is receiving site-related information; what types of information is being received; whether the community needs additional assistance; and whether there are local organizations interested or involved in site-related issues and capable of acting as an appropriate conduit for technical assistance services. The TANA process produces a blueprint for a coordinated effort to meet a community’s needs for additional technical assistance while minimizing the overlap of services provided by EPA site staff, external partners, and EPA grants and contracts.

TANAs in Communities

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TANA Site List

TANAs have been conducted at the following sites:

Updated quarterly (last update: March 2016)

  • Aerojet General Corp. (Rancho Cordova, California)
  • Albany, Georgia Tools for Change CARE project (Albany, Georgia)
  • AMCO Chemical site (Oakland, California)
  • American Cyanamid site (Bridgewater Township, New Jersey)
  • Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront Superfund site (Ashland, Wisconsin)
  • Bandera Road Groundwater Plume site (Leon Valley, Texas)
  • Black Butte Mine site (Cottage Grove, Oregon)
  • BoRit Asbestos Tailings Pile site (Ambler, Pennsylvania)
  • Brown & Bryant, Inc. (Arvin Plant) (Arvin, California)
  • Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical site (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)
  • Colorado Smelter (Pueblo, Colorado)
  • Environmental Justice Jacksonville Showcase Community project (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Formosa Mine site (Douglas County, Oregon)
  • Fort Ord site (Monterey, California)
  • Homestake Mining site (Grants, New Mexico)
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard/Yosemite Slough (San Francisco, California)
  • Kettleman Hills Waste Management Facility (Kettleman City, California)
  • Koppers Tie Plant Facility (Tie Plant, Mississippi)
  • Lincoln Park site (Cañon City, Colorado)
  • Motorola 52nd Street site (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Northeast Church Rock/Quivira mine sites (Navajo Nation)
  • Pacific Coast Pipeline site (Fillmore, California)
  • Phoenix Goodyear Airport Area site (Goodyear, Arizona)
  • Rockets, Fireworks and Flares site (Rialto, California)
  • San Gabriel Valley (Area 2) (Baldwin Park, California)
  • San Gabriel Valley (Area 3) (Alhambra, California)
  • Solutia W.R. Krummrich Plant (East St. Louis, Cahokia and Sauget, Illinois)
  • South Atlanta for the Environment (SAFE) CARE project (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • ROMIC Environmental Technologies site (East Palo Alto, California)
  • United Heckathorn site (Richmond, California)
  • Upper Columbia River site (Kettle Falls, Washington)
  • Walter Coke, Inc. Facility (North Birmingham, Alabama)

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TANA Example: Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park Superfund site in Cañon City, Colorado, has a long history of community members interested in cleanup of its 2,600-acre uranium mill and mill-associated contamination. While updating their Community Involvement Plan in 2015, EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment asked specialists from the Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program to simultaneously conduct a TANA to assess technical assistance needs of this active community. Combining Community Involvement Plan interviews with TANA conversations significantly reduced the burden on community members and provided an efficient way to gather valuable input. The assessment identified strong community interest in better understanding several topics, including the Superfund process, past and future risks of surface and groundwater contamination, past and current levels of soil/air contamination, long-term community health outcomes in neighboring communities, and real estate disclosure law for current and future residents. To meet community needs, a TASC technical advisor has been working with the Lincoln Park Community Advisory Group (CAG) to review documents and provide technical comments to help the community better understand site activities. The technical advisor will be attending CAG meetings to present on these document reviews and answer community questions.

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TANA Example: Colorado Smelter

Responding to the proposed listing of the Colorado Smelter Superfund Site on the National Priorities List, community members in Pueblo, Colorado, quickly organized to form a Community Advisory Group (CAG) in September 2014. After conducting its Community Involvement Plan (CIP) for the site soon after, EPA asked specialists from the Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program to conduct a TANA for the community. Using the information EPA collected for the CIP, TASC pulled out and synthesized the community’s stated technical assistance needs and then confirmed them with the CAG. TASC specialists then provided recommendations on how to meet the community’s needs. The assessment identified strong community interest in outreach materials for children and families to avoid exposure to site-related contaminants, technical advisor assistance to review and explain site technical documents and activities, and informational workshops, fact sheets and written materials about topics of community concern. To address community needs, TASC has developed English and Spanish doorknockers filled with images to provide information about ways to limit exposure to lead and arsenic in the soil. A TASC technical advisor is also reviewing technical documents and attending CAG meetings to present information and answer community questions.

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TANA Example: Fillmore, California

Community members participate in technical assistance training at the Pacific Coast Pipeline

In early 2011, when youth group One Step A La Vez learned about the status of the Pacific Coast Pipeline Superfund site in Fillmore, California, they contacted EPA Region 9 to request technical assistance services for the community. EPA had issued a draft cleanup plan for the former oil refinery for public review and was working with Chevron, the site’s potentially responsible party, to increase community engagement activities. EPA’s Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program conducted a TANA, which included a site tour as well as meetings and interviews with community members. The assessment identified strong community interest in several areas, including historical health studies, soil removal history, soil gas vapor intrusion, and groundwater and air monitoring data. To meet community needs, a TASC technical advisor hosted a two-part community discussion to present information on these topics of interest and answer questions.

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Contact Us

If your community is interested in a TANA, please locate your state and EPA Region on the map below and contact the appropriate EPA Regional TASC Coordinator.

Map of the US, split into EPA regions Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakaota, Utah, Wyoming Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

EPA Regional TASC Coordinators

Sarah White
EPA Region 1
(ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)
(617) 918-1026

Carrie Deitzel
EPA Region 3
(PA, DE, DC, MD, VA, WV)
(215) 814-5525

Susan Pastor
EPA Region 5
(IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
(312) 353-1325

Pamela Houston
EPA Region 7
(NE, KS, IA, MO)
(913) 551-7699

Viola Cooper
EPA Region 9
(CA, NV, AZ, HI, and Pacific Territories)
(415) 972-3243

Wanda Ayala
EPA Region 2
(NY, NJ, PR, VI)
(212) 637-3676

L'Tonya Spencer
EPA Region 4
(KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL)
(404) 562-8463

Donn Walters
EPA Region 6
(NM, TX, OK, AR, LA)
(214) 665-6483

Jasmin Guerra
EPA Region 8
(MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO)
(303) 312-6508

Debra Sherbina
EPA Region 10
(WA, OR, ID, AK)
(206) 553-0247