Effective communication between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the public (government officials, interest groups, area residents) encourages understanding and knowledge of FUSRAP activities, minimizing or avoiding rumors and misinformation.
USACE has developed a community relations program designed to involve the public in activities and decisions related to the cleanup of St. Louis FUSRAP Sites. This public-involvement program attempts to include community residents living near these sites in the decision-making process by:
• providing opportunities for citizens to express comments and concerns and to provide input into technical decisions
• informing the public of planned or ongoing actions
• identifying and resolving conflicts
• facilitating community relations planning.
To accomplish these objectives, USACE developed several activities to encourage community involvement.
Information Repositories USACE established Information Repositories for FUSRAP. These Information Repositories consist of either an Administrative Record or an Administrative Record File and have been established to offer the community access to site-related information. Information sources – such as the documents used to select a cleanup method, documents regarding site activities and general Superfund information – are placed in the Administrative Record or Administrative Record File. The information is available to the public so that they may make informed comments on the selection of a final site remedy. More information about the Administrative Record and/or Administrative Record Files is available online.
Community Relations Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed a Community Relations Plan (CRP) based on information gathered from discussions with members of the community on how they would like to be involved in the remediation of these sites. The Community Relations Plan, now called a Community Involvement Plan (CIP), provides a communication framework created to enhance public participation. Among other benefits, it enables public participation in the decision-making process to be conducted in as well-informed a manner as possible. Read the online version of the CIP.
(Note that this document contains hundreds of pages of text and photos and may require extra time to download.) USACE will review the CIP every five years in conjunction with the Five-Year Review and update it as needed to ensure it continues to address the concerns of the community.
USACE publishes a newsletter twice a year to inform the community of the status and progress of work at the St. Louis Sites. Upcoming events, public meetings and recently released documents that are available for public review are also announced in the newsletter. Copies are forwarded to individuals on a FUSRAP mailing list and placed in local repositories and with the Administrative Record or Administrative Record File. Copies of the newsletters are also available online along with instructions for adding your name to the mailing list.
Informational products USACE develops informational products designed to summarize specific cleanup topics and activities, which may include fact sheets, brochures and presentations. Posters, exhibits and photos are also used to provide easy-to-understand illustrations of cleanup activities. Many but not all of the fact sheets developed can be found on this website.
Educational-outreach activities have been designed for students of all ages. USACE continues to offer to give presentations to groups, schools and associations. If you would like to hear from one of FUSRAP's experts in the field of management, engineering, geology, chemistry, physics or industrial hygiene, contact the St. Louis District, FUSRAP Project Office, at 314-260-3905.
Normally held once a year, public meetings (open to interested citizens) provide members of the community the opportunity to discuss environmental issues with USACE staff and/or technical experts. Meeting dates and times are published in advance on the website and in the newsletter put out by the FUSRAP Project Office on Latty Avenue in Berkeley, Missouri.
FUSRAP holds public meetings to inform the public about progress and upcoming work on its sites.
Public Meeting Open-Mic Q&A
Public Meeting Social Media Q&A
If you would like more information about how to become involved in the St. Louis FUSRAP Sites' cleanup, contact the FUSRAP Project Office during regular business hours at 314-260-3905.
FUSRAP Public Meeting – Feb. 22, 2018: FUSRAP Presentation
FUSRAP Public Meeting – Feb. 22, 2018: MDNR Presentation
FUSRAP Public Meeting – Feb. 16, 2017: Palm Drive Properties Update
FUSRAP Public Meeting – June 29, 2016: Status Update Presentation
FUSRAP Public Meeting – June 29, 2016: Air Dispersion Presentation
FUSRAP Oversight Committee – Feb. 17, 2016
FUSRAP Public Meeting – Dec. 9, 2015
FUSRAP Oversight Committee – Aug. 20, 2015