2001, another important avenue for the SWEHSC - COEP general
public outreach has been active participation in the “Unified
Community Advisory Board” (UCAB) for the Tucson Airport
Superfund Site. The “UCAB” is comprised of interested
citizens, primarily those who live on the Southside of Tucson
which is affected by the contamination, and companies and agencies
that are “Primary Responsible Parties” in the contamination
clean-up. “UCAB” oversees the trichloroethylene (TCE)
clean-up process and keeps the community informed about important
issues, such as 1,4 dioxane, recently found on the site.
In addition to attending “UCAB” meetings and events,
COEP assisted the “UCAB” with educating local youth
about the events surrounding the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination,
and the exposure of Southside residents to TCE. Dr. A. Jay Gandolfi,
a SWEHSC member, met with “UCAB” members to discuss
how to teach high school students about toxicology.
The members of the “UCAB” see the COEP attendance at
the bi-monthly meetings as an important contribution to the community.
They requested that the COEP create a curriculum to teach Tucson-area
high school students about TCE. The first effort was not accepted
because the approach taken was deemed too controversial. The first
curriculum was developed around a court case scenario. Since this
issue is still in litigation, the board voted against going forward
with that approach, but asked the COEP to make a second plan.
Future Plans To
continue the development of lessons, COEP, Tucson Water, and
the Environmental Education Exchange are collaborating to create
a curriculum regarding TCE contamination and TCE cleanup for
local school districts. We are seeking funding from Region 9
of the US EPA.
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