Students will represent the citizens who live and work in a small town called Priceford. A major business development company called Zanec Corporation has asked Priceford for permission to install five 10,000 gallon Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) on their property just outside of Priceford. This proposed tank farm will supply fuel and manufacturing chemicals to an existing Ball Bearing Factory. Students will divide into several groups each having very different interests, and will hold a town meeting to discuss and vote on Zanec's proposal.
Students will gain experience in recognizing potential hazards to a community's water supply and weighing the risks and benefits of community development, and will practice decision-making skills in a mock town meeting.
While no expectation of time is given on the lesson, this may take one, 45-minute class period.