Anyone affected by a hazardous waste site can join a community advisory group.

Members participate in community advisory group meetings, review site information, comment on site decisions, and share information with the community.

The EPA recognizes community advisory groups that reflect the make-up and various interests of the community. After all, cleanup decisions at the site can affect citizens, businesses, local government, and other sections of the community.

While community advisory groups can be any size, they generally average around 20 Members.

At least half should be residents who live near the site. The other half might be made up of the medical community, local government, or real estate representatives.

To strengthen and give credibility to your community advisory group’s voice, the EPA encourages joining together with other groups such as local business owners, neighborhood professionals, community organizers, as well as people who do not live near the site, but could be affected by it.