EPA Awards Technical Assistance Grant

May 1999

EPA Awards Technical Assistance Grant

Frank Anastasi discusses Peconic River cleanup with community members during a roundtable session

In May 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a three-year $50,000 Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) to the community group Neighbors Expecting Accountability and Remediation (NEAR).

As the administrator of the Superfund Program, EPA may award one TAG grant of up to $50,000 for each site on the National Priorities List. The U.S. Congress established the TAG program in 1986 to help communities surrounding Superfund sites better understand waste-related technical information, thus enabling them to participate more effectively in the cleanup decision process.

NEAR, a coalition of community residents committed to monitoring the Lab's operations and to insuring the economic and environmental health and safety of community residents and Lab workers, conducted a nation-wide search for a technical assistant. They announced on May 18, 2000 that they had hired Frank Anastasi. His primary task was to help members of NEAR better understand the data, reports, designs, and oral presentations provided by federal and state agencies conducting remedial activities at BNL. NEAR asked Anastasi to focus on groundwater cleanup, the Peconic River sediment cleanup, and the decommissioning of the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor.