Mission & History

NWTCC was formed with a mission:

to connect with and empower communities impacted by toxic waste and to share resources, information, and support for toxic cleanup efforts throughout the Northwest states.

Founded in 2007, The NWTCC started as a way for regional organizations to gather in strength, common concern, expert knowledge, and environmental equity. Factors affecting the cleanup of toxic sites are not isolated to one particular area. Many of the resources, decision-making bodies, research findings, and stake-holders are spread throughout the Northwest region. The intention of the NWTCC is to help organizations find common solutions and policies that can be used for their particular needs.

Old Mission State Park Toxic Waste Dump
Idaho: 20-acre dump site being prepared by EPA for dumping. Near Old Mission State Park.

Our Purpose

  • To cleanup, prevent, reduce, and eliminate toxic exposures to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability for effected communities;
  • To ensure toxic site cleanups that are protective of human health, environmental and cultural resources, and traditional practices and lifestyles;
  • To empower marginalized communities and populations to achieve cleanup goals;
  • To ensure toxic site cleanups that benefit and are accepted by impacted communities and the public;
  • To ensure and support the scientific and technical integrity of the toxic site studies, decisions and cleanups;
  • To ensure that toxic site cleanups meet the highest environmental and human health standards;
  • To promote full participation in all levels of decision-making, and improve access to information for impacted communities and the public in all toxic cleanup actions;
  • To identify and link communities working for toxic site cleanups, in order to achieve national parity, knowledge-sharing and support for each others cleanup efforts;
  • To identify, leverage, and share information and resources to support individual groups’ efforts to clean up toxic sites;
  • To increase oversight, involvement, and leadership among affected people in order to serve the public interest and environmental health and justice.