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Annual Summits

The NWTCC has hosted annual summits for it members since 2005.  Please see the listing below of summit session topics. Agency staff was invited to participate at many sessions of a summit.  The summits provide opportunities for the coalition membership to meet up, to network and engage with invited speakers and agency staff.   University of Washington Superfund Research Program has helped support the NWTCC Summits for nearly a decade.



Small dose of toxicology--lead, mercury and other contaminants

Breadth, depth & impacts from land spreading toxic municipal and industrial sludges

Citizen involvement

Government Accountability

Environmental Justice: State legislation and federal requirements

Environmental Justice and community involvement

Q&A with a state legislator, state lobbyist, state EJ coordinator and former mayor

Award ceremony



Agency Accountability Strategies

Natural Resources Damage Assessment

Alternative methods of cleanup

Environmental Justice/Equality under the Law

Business meeting and next steps


History and member introduction

Discussing strategies to meet with EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator

Discussion with EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator

Business meeting


Fish Consumption rate—updates from Oregon and Washington

Feature member organization—Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council

Coalition prioritization of activities for the current year



CERCLA: Its mandates for Community involvement

Discussion : Non-governmental organization reports on cleanup sites where CERCLA is working

Discussion with EPA Region 10 representatives: How to collaborate more closely with NGO’s

Coalition dialogue with non-profit law firms

Coalition prioritization of activities for the current year


Getting over Barriers to Create Inclusive Communities

Setting goals for 2009

Website unveiling and webpage (NWTCC website was launched—

Precautionary assessment



“Great Community Organizers” session



Organizational Structure- business, election,

Ground Rules of the organization

Brainstorming: What will make NWTCC useful and valuable to you?

Relationship with government staff and elected officials


How can community members/volunteers have meaningful impact

Problem solving around agency roadblocks

Discussion with agency staff from EPA

Sediment treatment alternatives

Environmental health organizations and resources

Next steps


Building and effective toxic cleanup organization: structure, coalition-building, and sustainability

Engaging divers and resident communities in toxic cleanups

Forging partnerships between universities and community organizations working on toxic cleanups

Enhancing public participation- transparency, early access to cleanup planning, community leadership

Collaboration and strategies to move toward sediment treatment