2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 15:22:06 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Report on the National Stakeholders' Panel on Vapor Intrusion
Report on the National Stakeholders' Panel on Vapor Intrusion

Lenny Siegel
San Diego, California
March 12, 2008

In the evening of March 12, 2008, five community stakeholders presented to a roomful of more than one hundred vapor intrusion professionals at the National Stakeholders' Forum on Vapor Intrusion, sponsored by U.S. EPA in conjunction with the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Spring 2008 meeting in San Diego. Each stakeholder represented a neighborhood contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Written answers from four of the stakeholders - to questions provided by event organizers - were handed out. The community presenters were Debra Hall from Hopewell Junction, New York; Bruce Oldfield from Hillcrest, New York; Mary Moore from Phoenix, Arizona; Jane Horton, from Mountain View, California; and Robert Dorr, from Providence, Rhode Island.

The event provided an unusual opportunity for consultants, government officials, and others to hear from the people directly impacted by vapor intrusion contamination, investigation, and response. The speakers were selected for their level of experience; they demonstrated a technical sophistication not normally found when the vapor intrusion question is first introduced into any community. Despite the late hour, the audience was attentive. In general, evaluations showed that the audience was impressed by the stakeholder presentations. For many, this was an unusual opportunity. One evaluator explained, "I have been in the VI industry for over 6 years and [have] never seen the personal side of my industry." A number of evaluators expressed concern that too much time was spent on the background/introductory portion of the evening's agenda.


To download the entire 11-page report as a 960 KB PDF file, go to


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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