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In early 2013, the EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation began a pilot of the Partners in Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), to expand opportunities for cooperation between EPA and colleges, universities or nonprofits with the shared goal of assessing and addressing the unmet technical assistance needs of communities impacted by Superfund sites.
PTAP launched the first project with a school located near the Black Butte Mine Superfund Site in rural Cottage Grove, Oregon.
The first PTAP pilot project began in late 2013 as a collaboration between the EPA, the London School in Cottage Grove, OR, and the Superfund Research Program at Oregon State University to institute a K-8 curriculum to educate students about mercury in the environment and the effects of mercury on human health.
Listen to Laurie Briggs, Principal of London School in rural Cottage Grove, share about how the project got started.
The London School is a long-time fixture in the community and hosts events that draw several generations of families in the community, many of whom are also alumni of the school.
See photos of the school tour following the first meeting in December 2013.
Goals for this project