UA SRP and Binational Center: A Consistent Resource to Communities Neighboring Contamination

On June 10, 2009, UA SRP Program Coordinators, Monica Ramirez (Research Translation Core) and Denise Moreno Ramirez (US- Mexico Binational Center for Environmental Sciences and Toxicology) presented an introduction to trichloroethene, 1,4 dioxane, and the Human Health Risk Assessment Process at the Lindon Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) and Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Public Meeting for the Motorola 52nd Street Superfund Site. This is the second public meeting they have been invited to by the LPNA. For more information regarding the first meeting please visit: “UA SBRP provides Technical and Educational Support to Community Neighboring Motorola 52nd Street Superfund Site”.

As a TAG recipient, the LPNA, led by Rene Chase-Dufault and Mary I. Moore, has funds to support activities that will help the community participate in decision-making at the Motorola 52nd Street Superfund site. The TAG is used by the neighborhood association to set up contracts with independent technical advisors to interpret and facilitate the community in understanding technical information regarding the site. Currently, Mario Castaneda, a faculty member from GateWay Community College, is the association’s technical advisor. At this meeting, Mr. Castaneda presented, “Community Partnerships Address Tough Issues: GIS Maps Provide Shared Context for Problem Solving” (a presentation that was given by the TAG team at the 2009 Community College National Center for Community Engagement Annual National Conference).  He also gave an update on the Honeywell 34th Street Facility Bio-Enhanced Soil Vapor Extraction System.

In addition, the UA SRP and Binational Center Coordinators provided community members, USEPA, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality managers, bilingual educational materials (to view materials, please visit http://superfund.arizona.edu/prof_comm_info.php regarding contaminants of concern in Arizona.

The UA SRP and Binational Center are delighted to be a resource to this actively engaged community and look forward to working with them in the future on preparations for a presentation regarding the toxicological profiles of the contaminants found at the Motorola 52nd Street site.

Click here to view the Motorola 52nd Superfund Superfund Site TAG Public meeting announcement.