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Question:Is it illegal for the US EPA to deny the Community Advisory Group process because of a random, unnamed reporter claiming that the communities in the vicinity of the Superfund site are already engaged?

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by amocorro | with CherokeeConcernedCitizens September 24, 2020 20:21 | #24647


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Title VI? who is engaged and who is not? the FACA is pretty specific, and i doubt that all sectors under FACA are engaged or have been claimed to be engaged.

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So, an EPA rep is using a reporters comment as a fact? Is the community involved at all?

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@jjcreedon - going to flag @cherokeeconcernedcitizens @stevie My understanding is that anonymous reporter notified EPA and they used it as fact as to not have to proceed [with the development?] of an official CAG which was underway

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that is horrid. i would come back to EPA using FACA as a standard; it's a higher standard, but if EPA doesn't want to do a CAG...did they publish notice of the Community Advisory Group in Bayou Casotte? how was it defined?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Advisory_Committee_Act

And, well, try again in February, honestly

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The goal is to have an official CAG, right? First of all, Id reach out to the reporter and tell him how his mis-reporting of this issue has caused harm to your community. Tell him the goal is to have an official CAG, and ask him to reissue another factual story. If he does, then you have something to go back to the EPA with. if he wont for some reason (but why wouldnt he if he is a reliable reporter?). Tell him you intend to send out your own press release explaining what happened. Send a copy to the EPA. btw- each EPA region has their own community liason.. find out who that is and start connecting with them too. hope this helps.

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