You will conduct research on a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste site listed on the National Priorities List (NPL). Use the link below to select a site within your state or as close to Mississippi as possible (some states do not have NPL sites).
After selecting your site, create a PowerPoint presentation with no fewer than 9 content slides (does not include title and reference slides) that includes the following:
- Title slide – 1 slide
- Information about the site (location, previous use, current use, etc.) – 1-2 slides
- Discussion of the environmental and public health organizations that are involved with the site (federal, state and local environmental and public health organizations) – 1 slide
- Risk Assessment:
- Site assessments and testing completed to determine contamination levels – 1-2 slides
- The hazardous agents present at the site – 1 slide
- The extent of the contamination at the site and where it has spread to the surrounding community, if applicable (water, soil, air, etc.) – 1-2 slides
- How the site has negatively impacted the environment and the health of people in the surrounding community (if negative health effects have not been reported, list the potential health effects based on the matrices that have been contaminated and the hazardous agents that have been identified) – 2-3 slides
- Risk Management:
- Identify the clean-up measures that were taken – 1-2 slides
- Discuss clean-up measures and/or monitoring that is ongoing – 1-2 slides
- References – As many slides as needed.
- The oral presentation should include at least 9 content slides; the title and reference slides will add to the total slide count.
- The slides for your oral presentation should have only 3-5 lines of text with 5-7 words per line. The fonts should be easy to read and backgrounds need to be easy on the eye. Avoid using colors that are too bright and backgrounds that make it difficult to read the text. Pictures and graphs are encouraged to support the information on your slides, but not required.
- Each slide should have speaker notes in the “Notes” area at the bottom of each the slide. The speaker notes should be written as your script for the oral presentation. They should have a viewpoint and purpose that is clearly established and sustained throughout the oral presentation, and follow the conventions of Standard English, including correct grammar, punctuation and mechanics.
- The speaker notes also will need to be recorded as voice audio files and added to each slide as if you are presenting to an audience. Be sure to use clear enunciation, professional tone, and record in a quite space with no background noise (no T.V., music, barking dogs, children or adult conversation, etc.).
- Use exceptional oral delivery techniques in your voice recordings, including proper word choice and oral expressiveness, and superior content, organization and style to lead your audience toward a dynamic and supported conclusion.
- Because some slides may have more speaker notes than others, the total time of your voice recordings for the entire presentation should be no less than 3 minutes.
- Please visit the Microsoft Office tutorial on how to add audio to your slides here.
- Please be sure to download the file “Writing Center Resources” to assist you with meeting APA expectations on the Reference slide. Go to Content, Course Resources and then Course Documents in the classroom.