NEW! Reconsideration of the PM NAAQS Public Hearing Information:
EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on February 21 and February 22, 2023 to provide the public the opportunity to present comments and information on the Agency’s proposed rule for the Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. EPA is proposing to the revise the primary (health-based) annual PM2.5 standard from its current level of 12.0 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) to within the range of 9.0 to 10.0 µg/m3. EPA is proposing not to change the current primary and secondary 24-hour PM2.5 standards, primary and secondary PM10 standards, and secondary (welfare-based) annual PM2.5 standard. The proposal also includes revisions to other key aspects related to the PM NAAQS, including revisions to the Air Quality Index and monitoring requirements. The deadline to register for the public hearing is February 16, 2023.
If you need assistance in a language other than English or if you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the public hearing team no later than February 7, 2023. You can reach the public hearing team by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 919-541-0505. Note: We may not be able to arrange accommodations beyond this date. The comment period for the proposal closes March 28, 2023.
NEW! The Particulate Matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) reconsideration proposal has published in the Federal Register. The public comment period is open from January 27 to March 28.
NEW! Office of Land and Emergency Management EJ Action Plan Engagement Session
EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) is hosting its first 2023 environmental justice (EJ) community engagement session during which updates and achievements from its OLEM EJ Action Plan major projects will be presented. Each presentation will be followed by a live, open to the public, feedback opportunity. The goal of this session is to provide updates on the accomplishments and milestones related OLEM’s EJ related projects, and to provide an opportunity to obtain feedback from communities with EJ concerns.
Date: February 2, 2023
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Session to include:
o OLEM Deputy Assistant Administrator Carlton Waterhouse,
o Office of Communications, Partnerships and Analysis Director Kent Benjamin,
o Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights Deputy Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice Matthew Tejada
- EPA’s Strategy and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grant Programs
- Superfund Community Workshops
- Brownfields Technical Assistance Outreach
- EJ Justice 40 Update
- Open discussion on other EJ-related OLEM Activities
Learn more about the OLEM EJ Action Plan: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/update-environmental-justice-action-plan-epas-land-protection-and-cleanup
For up-to-date information about Environmental Justice funding opportunities, events, and webinars, subscribe to EPA’s Environmental Justice listserv by sending a blank email to: [email protected]. Follow us on Twitter: @EPAEnvJustice
REMINDER! The Tribal Healthy Homes Network is seeking Tribal insights on the ways you are working to protect Elders when climate events impact them inside their homes (e.g., wildfire smoke, high heat, and Ozone events). Your information will help other Tribes to create solutions, and will help inform their Spring, 2023 seminar: “Climate-Ready Housing for Tribal Elders.”
Please, take 3 minutes to fill out the survey. All participants receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, courtesy of Partnership for Air Matters. Click here to take the survey:
REMINDER! Nominations for candidates to participate on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee are open!
Currently there are 2 Tribal Representatives on the Committee, Jeremy Fincher -Sac and Fox Nation, and Elizabeth Jacobs – Akwesasne Housing Authority. Natalene Cummings – Forest County Potawatomi Community, will complete the 3rd, 2-year term that is permitted at the Spring meeting of this year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by August 2023. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. ADDRESSES: Submit nominations in writing to: Lorraine Reddick, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. For further information or to email nominations, include in the subject line CAAAC Membership 2023 and send to [email protected].
If you want to talk with Natalene more about what being a member of CAAAC involves, you can reach her at 715-478-7211.
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP’s) will be hosting public listening sessions starting in February for its new program for Tribal Clean Transportation
U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) representatives will also present a brief overview of NREL’s technical support for Tribal Clean Transportation. ITEP will ask attendees simple questions, and your answers will help set the course for ITEP’s work on Tribal Clean Transportation for the next several years. The session agenda will be repeated at each of the four sessions to provide multiple opportunities to attend and provide your feedback. You can attend one or more session as you wish.
Listening Sessions will be held every Wednesday, February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 2023, @ 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET
Meeting ID: 882 1584 7769
Find your local number: Click here
NEW! Hold the Date! Call for Speakers!
What: Residential Wood Smoke Training Workshop (Workshop)
When: April 11 – 13, 2023
Where: Denver, CO
Who: State, local, tribal, and federal officials, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions
Workshop topics will be wide-ranging, e.g.:
- Regulatory Programs (e.g., curtailment programs, Wood Heater New Source Performance Standard, test methods, enforcement)
- Voluntary Programs (e.g., proper operation education campaigns, recreational fires/firepits, identifying and understanding the best devices for appliance incentive programs – emphasis on heat pumps)
- Residential wood smoke and PM NAAQS
- Residential health effects, indoor air quality
- New and existing funding opportunities (e.g., Environment and Climate Justice Block Grants, tax credits, heat pump direct rebates)
- Understanding heating appliances (wood stoves, electric heat pumps) & recreational devices (fireplaces, firepits)- including field trip to a retail store
A major focus of the Workshop will include how to leverage funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (e.g., Environment and Climate Justice Block Grants, direct rebates, tax credits) and overcome barriers to encourage and incentivize the installation of heat pumps in homes currently using wood as their primary or secondary source of heat.
Unlike past years, the workshop will not be held in conjunction with the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association Trade Show/Expo, but we do plan to have speakers from the hearth industry and learn about various recreational and heating appliances. We are planning a 3 hour field trip to a large retail store for an opportunity to see and learn about several different types of heating appliances (EPA-certified wood stoves, pellets stoves, gas appliance and electric heat pumps) and recreational devices (fireplaces and firepits/chimeneas).
Hotel and Registration: The Workshop is planned to run from the Tuesday afternoon, (April 11) until 4:30 pm, Thursday (April 13). We intend on reserving a block of rooms at the government rate at a hotel in downtown Denver and will make that available along with a Workshop online registration site in a couple weeks? There will be no registration cost for the Workshop.
Call for topics and speakers: EPA, with the support of the Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR) is coordinating the Workshop. As we formulate the agenda over the next 3-4 weeks, we are requesting suggestions on specific discussion topics and critical issues you face in tackling residential wood smoke and would find valuable to discuss with your counterparts across the nation. If you have any recommendation on speakers or have an issue or program that you would be interested in presenting, please contact Larry Brockman, [email protected] or 919-824-1579. Feel free to share this email with others who may have an interest and they can email me to be added to the distribution list.
Recognizing the ever-increasing availability of air sensors, expanding user base, and growing scientific knowledge, the U.S. EPA updated the popular Air Sensor Guidebook, originally published in 2014. The refreshed version, called “The Enhanced Air Sensor Guidebook”, includes updated content and new topics that incorporate best practices, current knowledge, and recommendations to guide the use of air sensors.
The Enhanced Guidebook supports users in planning and collecting air quality measurements using air sensors. The Guidebook can help sensor users:
- Learn the basics of air quality, air pollution monitoring, and air sensors
- Plan and conduct an air quality monitoring study
- Select, setup, and use air sensors
- Analyze, interpret, communicate, and act on results
- Understand the basics of air sensor performance
REMINDER! Time is running out to apply for the 2023 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management!
Deadline Extended: February 12, 2023, @ 11:59 p.m. EST
The Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management is the nation’s highest honor for programs helping people bring asthma under control. Winners will be recognized in May during Asthma Awareness Month. Winning this award is a sign of excellence and confirmation of success in helping people with asthma lead healthy, active lives.
- A place in the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management Hall of Fame.
- An engraved, crystal award.
- Recognition in May during Asthma Awareness Month.
- Recognition on national websites, including AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org.
- Customized press kits, a descriptive snapshot of your program and support generating media attention.
- An opportunity to serve as mentors to help other programs achieve impactful results.
For more information, visit the Asthma Community Network HERE
Smoke, Air, Fire, Energy (SAFE) Symposium – Rural and Tribal Community Resilience Strategies for Action Day-long symposium on March 1st, 2023, that will bring together Tribal leaders, researchers, and practitioners who are working on the interrelated topics of wildfire smoke, air quality, fire risk, and clean energy solutions. The goal is enhancing climate resilience of rural and Tribal communities. There is no cost to attend this event. Click HERE for more information and RSVP HERE.
REMINDER! The White House: FACT SHEET: How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps Tribal Communities
By signing the Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden is delivering on his promise to meet the climate crisis and build an economy that works for working families, including Tribal nations and American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian families. The Inflation Reduction Act lowers prescription drug costs, health care costs, and energy costs. It’s the most aggressive action we have taken to confront the climate crisis. It’ll lower the deficit and ask the super wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share. And no one making under $400,000 per year will pay a penny more in taxes. Click Here for FACT SHEET.
EPA’s Community and Tribal Programs Group has a publicly facing Tribal Actions and Events calendar for all to use!
This calendar is also linked under the “Tribal Air and Climate Resources” webpage under the “Policy and Planning” heading available at https://www.epa.gov/tribal-air. The purpose of the calendar is to ensure that our Tribal partners are kept apprised of EPA activities that are relevant to them. If you have any questions about the calendars or any recommendations on how EPA can improve upon the calendars, please do not hesitate to reach out to Loren Fox ([email protected]) with any feedback.
Air Knowledge E–Learning Content
The Air Knowledge training team is pleased to announce the availability of new air quality training materials!
These e-learning courses and modules are at the foundational learning level and are available to Tribal, state, and local air agencies through our learning management system (LMS) and to the public here. The website was recently enhanced to provide additional self-instructional and instructor-led training materials.
The new materials include:
- A course that explains key historic events that led to air pollution control legislation and describes progress made with air pollution control since the passage of the Clean Air Act,
- A course that explains the basic components of state and Tribal implementation plans,
- A module that generally defines the transport and fate of air pollutants and how transport and fate are influenced by meteorology and topography,
- A module that explains the basic aspects of an air emissions inventory, and
- A module that explains the purposes and types of air emissions inventories, including the inventories that the EPA develops.
To access the courses and modules on the LMS (https://epaapti.csod.com), Tribal air agencies and organizations can register, log in, and refer to the “What’s New” section on the home page. All other users (the public, international community, academia, industry, EPA staff, etc.) can access the courses and modules on the Air Knowledge interim website.
NTAA Upcoming Calls
Contact [email protected] if you have any questions about any call! NTAA will be transitioning to Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent with calendar invites for future NTAA work group calls.
|Woodsmoke Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in woodsmoke issues in Tribal communities. Contact [email protected] to join the call!||Thursday,
10 am AK or 2 pm ET
|Mobile Sources Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in mobile source issues in Tribal communities. Contact [email protected] to join the call!||Thursday, February 2,
10 am AK or 2 pm ET
|Alaska Air Work Group: Join this work group to hear updates from EPA and Alaskans working on air quality. Contact [email protected] to join the call!||March 29,
10 am AK or 2 pm ET
|NTAA / EPA Air Policy Update Call: Join this monthly meeting to hear updates from EPA on important air quality and climate policy updates as well as updates around the country related to Tribal Air Programs. Calls are usually on the last Thursday of every month unless it falls on a national holiday. Contact [email protected] to join the call!||Thursday, January 26, 10 am AK or 2 pm ET|
|Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in indoor air quality in Tribal homes and other buildings. [email protected] to join the call!||Thursday, February 16, 10 am AK or 2 pm ET|
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
Click Here for ITEP’s new Tribal Environmental Management and Planning Online Courses. Sign up for a self-paced course hosted by ITEP’s Waste and Response and Tribal Air Quality programs.
ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) hosts the Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Cold Climates, Residential Building Science Review, Radon Fundamentals, Quality Assurance Fundamental, Writing a Quality Assurance Project Plan, Emissions Inventory Fundamentals, and Emissions Inventory Advanced.
Looking for more information check out the Tribal Air Quality Media Space Channel. Recent webinars include an Introduction to Air Quality Programs, Emissions Inventories, Remote Professional Assistance, and Woodstoves in Indian Country. Older classics include a series on Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke, Tribal Air Program and Grants, Data Management, and the Clean Air Act.
ITEP’s Tribes and Climate Change Calendar includes conferences, trainings, webinars, and other events related to Tribes and climate change.
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series
Click here to see all past and upcoming webinars hosted by the EPA.
Information for IRA and other competitive grants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DsRrod7XKk
REMINDER! Climate Pollution Reduction Grants – General information now available on EPA’s website
As part of the Administration’s commitment to move quickly to implement the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), EPA has posted general information about next steps on the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) to our web site. The CPRG program will provide significant resources to state, territory, local, and tribal governments to develop ambitious climate action and air pollution reduction plans and to implement measures from those plans.
The CPRG is a two-stage program – with $250 million in planning grants coming very soon, followed by $4.6 billion of implementation grants. We are working at an accelerated pace to share information about the first stage, the CPRG planning grants, which may be announced as soon as early March, sooner than the May deadline laid out in the IRA.
EPA is designing a CPRG program that will provide flexible support to state, territory, tribal and local governments regardless of where they are in their climate planning and implementation process. Projects included in plans could further goals and policies for clean energy, energy efficiency, and many others. Recipients will also have the flexibility to use the planning grant money in the ways that best achieve these outcomes – from program development to staffing and contractor support. We are reviewing feedback received in the docket, as well as from stakeholder sessions and advisory committees, and considering an approach for awarding the planning grants non-competitively.
The web site includes a brief overview of the CPRG program and general information about the program goals to help eligible entities start thinking now about preparing to apply for planning grants. This includes a form to sign up for notifications about the program and instructions that all potential applicants should follow to get registered at SAM.gov and grants.gov. The registration process can take some time, so we encourage state, territory, tribal and local governments to register now so they can be ready to apply for CPRG grants once they’re announced.
More information about how to register to apply for a grant.
The U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) has published an enhanced National Map of Landfill Gas (LFG) Energy Projects and Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. The newly published version incorporates layers for Tribal lands and environmental justice demographic data so that users can identify areas where LFG energy projects may warrant additional consideration, analysis or outreach to surrounding communities.
Regional Tribal Environmental Health Summits
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to host a series of regional summits on the topic of environmental health in Indian Country. Each summit will feature Tribal leaders, environmental health practitioners, subject matter experts, and federal partners engaging on topics relevant to each region. A total of eight summits will be held between 2022 and 2024. The goal of each summit is to connect people from different backgrounds and Tribes, communities, federal agencies, Tribal organizations and state and local entities to address various environmental health and environmental justice issues of mutual concern across all regions as well as issues specific to individual regions. The first confirmed summit is May 1 – May 2, 2023, in Anchorage, Alaska.
More details here
NEW! EPA’s Office of Emergency Management is offering training that would be of interest to people working on air quality issues as related to emergency situations.
Overview of Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure and Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Software Suite Webinar for Tribal Partners
Participants should only register for one of the five offerings below, as all sessions will cover the same material. Please note whether times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
|March 2, 2023||1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST||Register here|
|April 6, 2023||3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT||Register here|
|August 24, 2023||1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT||Register here|
|September 7, 2023||3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT||Register here|
|September 22, 2023||12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT||Register here|
This hour and a half, EPA-hosted session will provide a basic overview of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure oil spill prevention program and how the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software suite can be used to help communities prepare for and respond to chemical and oil spills. The session will also include a question-and-answer segment where participants can interact with the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure national program manager and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act program coordinator that oversees the CAMEO software suite.
For more information on CAMEO, please see:
- Tier2 Submit Software
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s CAMEO website
REMINDER! Announcing the 2023 National Air Toxics Conference April 18-20, 2023 for your consideration for attending and/or presenting!
More details are available at the website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-the-date-2023-national-air-toxics-conference-tickets-473488295237.
The second session of the Million Hearts Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative, Interventions to Address Particle Pollution and Heart Disease took place last week. You can access a recording of the session here (passcode: W$Bb8t*!)
Helpful links/resources from the chat
- Look at differences in air quality across cities using AirCompare – https://www3.epa.gov/aircompare/#home
- Learn more about air quality trends at https://www.epa.gov/air-trends
- Learn more about indoor air quality and steps that can be taken in home, schools, and other buildings at: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq
- More information on using air cleaners in homes is available at: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/air-cleaners-and-air-filters-home
- EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox has a lot of helpful information on using air sensor technology – https://www.epa.gov/air-sensor-toolbox
The recently updated Air Sensor Guidebook has a lot of information on using sensors outdoors and indoors – https://www.epa.gov/air-sensor-toolbox/how-use-air-sensors-air-sensor-guidebook
You’re invited to join the third session on February 9, where the discussion on interventions to address particle pollution and heart disease will continue. This session will cover how built environment interventions can reduce air pollution exposures, increase physical activity/food access and have significant health benefits, including cardiovascular benefits. Speakers will provide examples of community infrastructure that can mitigate the effects of particle pollution on cardiovascular health and identify resources to advance systemic solutions – Register here.
Opportunity to provide input: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a proposed rulemaking to review the Clean Air Act (CAA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission Guidelines (EG) for the Large Municipal Waste Combustors (LMWCs) source category (40 CFR part 60 subpart Eb, and 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cb, respectively). Pursuant to the EPA’s Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes, the Agency is initiating pre-proposal consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes to obtain input on the upcoming action to update regulatory requirements for the Large Municipal Waste Combustors (LMWCs). If you are interested in requesting government-to-government consultation with EPA during the pre-proposal period, please contact Regina Chappell at (919) 541-3650 or email at [email protected] Please contact us before February 3, 2023, to request the consultation. EPA will strive to accommodate the requests as time and resources permit. Tribes may also submit OFFICE OF AIR QUALITY PLANNING AND STANDARDS written comments at https://www.regulations.gov/
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2022-0920, any time during the pre-proposal tribal consultation process and until June 6, 2023. If there are any questions, please email Charlene Spells at [email protected] Additional background information about the air regulations for LMWCs can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/large-municipal-waste-combustors-lmwc-new-source-performance
Notice of Intent – DOE Grants for Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities – $80 million
Deadline: Available until expended. Eligible Entities: Consortium of One Local Education Agency and one or more Schools, Non-Profits, For-Profits, and Community Partners. This funding is the first tranche of funding in a $500 million investment, to make clean energy improvements in K-12 public schools. Funds will empower school districts to make upgrades that will lower facilities’ energy costs and improve student learning environments. Visit HERE for more information.
Available Now: An Introduction to Radon Gas in Homes Webinar Recording
EPA’s Indoor Environments Division recently hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the key basic facts of radon – what it is, what it does to us, how we measure it, how we reduce our exposure, and where to find resources and additional information. A recording of An Introduction to Radon Gas in Homes is now available online. The recorded webinar features a presentation by Bruce Snead, Director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University, and director of the National Radon Program Services effort for EPA since 2009.
EPA: A Fact Sheet for Tribes on State and Tribal Indoor Radon Grants
EPA’s Indoor Environments Division is pleased to announce the State and Tribal Indoor Radon Grants (SIRG) Program Fact Sheet. This fact sheet has information on SIRG eligibility, matching requirements, allowable activities, EPA contacts, and more. EPA works collaboratively and values our Tribal partnership to support healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) in Tribal communities. We work together to develop tools and resources that address the health and the safety of Tribal members when it comes to indoor air quality.
Please visit the Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities or State Indoor Radon Grants (SIRG) Program and Resources pages to learn more and download the fact sheet.
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