WRHSRC Outreach Programs

The WRHSRC included two outreach programs that provided assistance to communities affected by environmental contamination and hazardous waste.

  • Photograph of a sign warning about a contaminated site.Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) served community needs regarding potential health effects and cleanup technologies for hazardous waste sites. TOSC assisted communities to become active participants in the decision-making process, held community workshops and provided educational materials regarding human health, environmental risks, and regulatory concerns.

  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) assisted communities in redeveloping abandoned industrial sites. The TAB program provided technical assistance, education and training to municipal officials, community groups, developers, and lenders. By facilitating stakeholder involvement, TAB hoped to speed up the redevelopment process and produce outcomes of greater benefit to the community and the environment.

These programs were operated by researchers and technical information specialists located at Oregon State University.

As of June 30, 2007, the TOSC and TAB programs ceased operations. If you would like to talk to someone about possible TOSC assistance after June 30, you may contact one or more of the following individuals at the U.S. EPA Headquarters:

Photograph of Michael Fernandez talking with people interested in redeveloping brownfields sites.For technical assistance with brownfields issues, contact your EPA Regional Brownfields Office:

USEPA Region 9: Brownfields Initiative

USEPA Region 10: Brownfields

Alternatively, you can contact your state's environmental regulatory agency for assistance with brownfields: