BP, Inc. – Prepared the public involvement plan for a former BP gas station regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). Under the MCP, sites can be designated as a Public Involvement Plan site (PIP site) if the PRP is petitioned by at least ten residents of the community. For the PIP, interviewed residents and town officials, wrote the plan outlining the course of public involvement activities related to the site, and presented the draft plan to town residents at a public meeting.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Devens Disposal and Reuse EIS, Massachusetts – Managed a two-year communications effort in support of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal and Reuse of Fort Devens property. The communications portion of this large project included writing eight fact sheets for public and agency audiences, coordinating public meetings, arranging and preparing comprehensive materials on eleven technical areas for two workshops, and participating in several meetings with federal, state, and local organizations involved in the EIS.
U.S. Army Reserve, 94th ARCOM – Prepared materials and coordinated video shoots to promote a new GIS information management system to organize Reserve information. System allowed the Army Reserve staff to locate control devices, endangered species, and other data by location, type, or across all reserve facilities. Promotional materials included two full-color brochures, and video that focused on the extensive fieldwork performed to capture the data for the system.
Chemical Manufacturer, Tennessee – As part of an Emergency Response Program and in preparation for compliance with the RMP, developed a strategic communications plan to inform employees, local emergency officials, and nearby residents of actions to take in an emergency situation at the facility. Interviewed employees (union and non-union) and local government and emergency officials prior to developing the plan. Spent three days at the site, meeting with employees, learning the site situation and making recommendations for involving the community in plant operations and activities.
Manufacturing Facilities, Massachusetts – For two years, developed and implemented communications programs for a company closing two sites under federal and state oversight (MCP). One site had contaminated soil and groundwater problems, plus had pockets of radiation contamination from a previous production process. The second site was abandoned for many years, but there was community suspicion of a “cancer cluster” and residents were looking for possible sources. Developed a program to address community concerns through public meetings, mailings, and information repository. Responded to calls from the media and provided strategy to the site manager (for both sites) for responding to questions from the public and reporters. Provided formal training to environmental manager on responding to questions from the public, reporters, and general presentation skills.
Former Wood Treatment Site, Maine – Prepared a letter and white paper describing the risk assessment process, future use determinations, and associated cleanup levels for dioxin, penta, and PAHs for residents living near a site in Yarmouth, Maine. Community residents were concerned about exposures through future uses and were afraid their community would suffer from a negative environmental image. The white paper explained how cleanup levels were derived and compared cleanup levels at different sites across the US to show how stringent the levels were at this site.
Consolidated Edison, New York – Managed communications effort for this major utility undergoing RCRA Corrective Action. The employee communications program included preparing a strategic communications plan, interviewing union and non-union employees, developing a presentation that described the remediation process, and writing and producing a series of eight newsletters to update workers on the project.
Chemical Manufacturer, Massachusetts – For a site undergoing RCRA closure provided communications counsel and prepared strategy for communicating with the public on environmental issues, prior to releasing information to the public. As part of the program prepared a fact sheet to address agency and community concerns.
US Navy, South Weymouth Naval Air Station, Massachusetts – For several sites at the base regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, developed a program to meet public involvement requirements. Interviewed community members on site issues, prepared Public Involvement Plan, coordinated and attended public meeting seeking community input, updated information repositories, and managed mailing list to update concerned citizens on site activity.
Chemical Manufacturer, Quebec, Canada – A facility experienced accidental releases of a chemical catalyst that was non-toxic, but produced a messy white powder over a nearby neighborhood. The facility was taking steps to correct the unintentional release in the future and needed a fact sheet describing the non-threatening nature of the chemical and to allay concerns that the release would occur in the future. The sheet was translated into French before being distributed to the surrounding community.
Pulp and Paper Facility, Ontario, Canada – Prepared a communications plan to promote the facility’s efforts to reduce odor from the facility. Met with company representatives, developed a logo for the program, and presented plan at company meeting.
Utility, Massachusetts – A site under involved with an environmental site investigation under RCRA needed communications support to address concerns of nearby residents. Prepared strategy for communicating with interested parties (some of whom needed indoor air sampling, other who did not) and wrote a letter to those affected parties describing the sampling program and cleanup activities.
Department of Health, State of Colorado, Rocky Flats Health Studies – Supported the communications effort of a panel reviewing the risk assessment information for the Rocky Flats facility. Wrote and edited fact sheets, newsletters, and technical summaries for public distribution.
Independent Cement Corporation (ICC), Catskill, NY – For a cement kiln seeking a permit to burn tires as fuel, developed a communications program to bring client’s message to state and local agencies, employees and the public. An abutting cement kiln was also seeking a permit to burn tires, but was receiving vocal opposition form the community. With client, developed a proactive program that involved employees, town government and abutters in the permitting process. ICC received it’s permit without opposition while the neighboring facility gave up their effort.
Confidential Gold Mine, New Mexico – For a gold mine seeking to permit a new operation, provided presentation training to environmental staff. Topics included tailoring talks to a variety of audiences, dealing with reporters and contentious audiences, and responding to questions by linking to your messages.
Pulp and Paper Facility, Alaska – Prepared two fact sheets to support a public meeting on discussing the potential risks to human and ecological health from extending a discharge outfall.
American Petroleum Institute – Served as technical editor on a manual for environmental managers on wastewater treatment.
USEPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP), Breakfast Seminars– Spoke at a series of seminars on addressing the community relations requirements under the RMP.
Combustion Initiative, Numerous Clients – As the new combustion initiative was announced by the EPA, prepared informational fact sheets on the initiatives and its community relations impacts for use by clients. Developed a seminar to inform clients on risk communication techniques and success stories.