Community groups have played a key role since the beginning of the Raymark project. The current, newly established community group is the Raymark Community Advisory Group.
What is a Community Advisory Group?
A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of
members of a community and is designed to serve as the focal point for the
exchange of information among the local community and EPA, the State regulatory
agency, and other pertinent agencies involved in cleanup of the Superfund
Who can be a member of the CAG?
The members of a CAG should represent various interests of the greater community. This allows different points of view and ideas to be shared and multiple groups within the community to be represented. To the extent possible, membership in the CAG should reflect the composition of the community near the site and the diversity of racial, ethnic, and economic interests in the community. Members of a CAG may include concerned citizens, citizens with environmental or public health experience, local business owners, religious organization members, cultural organization members, council members, state representatives, and members of other local groups and organizations. While it often is difficult to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard in large groups, the CAG should include enough members to adequately reflect the diversity of community interests regarding site cleanup and reuse.
What can a CAG do?
The purpose of a CAG is to provide an opportunity for community members to present and discuss their needs and concerns related to the Superfund site and learn about site updates. A CAG can provide important information about the site, express the community's environmental and health questions, and provide valuable feedback to the agencies. The CAG can also be useful in disseminating important information about the site to the rest of the community.
How can I become involved?
The Raymark Community Advisory Group meets bimonthly on the last Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Raymark Community Advisory Group, please email Alivia Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about past community groups and the work they accomplished, visit Historical Community Involvement.