TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 22-26, 2020

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NTAA Releases the 2020 Status of Tribal Air Report

The NTAA’s STAR is an annual publication intended to provide an understanding of the importance and impact of Tribal air programs. You can access the STAR on NTAA’s website here. To help readers navigate the nearly 150-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 24th at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

This webinar will provide an overview of the STAR, share the stories within the STAR, and provide the specific recommendations for national leadership to advance air quality on and around Tribal lands. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

 

*NTAA in the news** The Guardian—Wood heaters too dirty to sell are clean enough to give to tribes, says EPA

 

EPA—EPA Grants First-Ever Petition to Add to Hazardous Air Pollutants List Under Clean Air Act

 

EPA—Final Taconite Iron Ore Processing Risk and Technology Review

 

Yes! Magazine—“It’s About Terrorizing Us”: Environmental Racism Experts Draws Parallels With Police Brutality

 

Native News Online—Sunday COVID-19 Navajo Nation Update: 27 New Cases and One New Death

 

Native Sun News Today—Moldy PPE reportedly used at Oyate Health Center

 

The Hill Op-Ed – The EPA’s emissions rollbacks will be devastating for Americans’ health

 

EPA—EPA Provides Additional Funding to Help Reduce Excess Nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico Watershed

 

EPA—EPA Proposal Strengthens Regulations and Protects Children from Exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust

 

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

 

Climate Change/Energy

ENN—Lasers and Bubbles: Solving the Arctic’s Methane Puzzle

CarbonBrief—In-depth: BP data reveals clean electricity matched coal for the first time in 2019

New York Times—Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most

Yes! Magazine—The Myth of Economic Sacrifice: Indigenous Artists Use Technology to Tell Stories About Their Ancestral Lands

Ensia—As Climate Change Makes Growing Seasons Less Predictable, Scientists Dig Into a Novel Approach to Boost Crop Resilience

NPR—Soil Prof Hits Pay Dirt: $250K Prize for Helping Farmers, Fighting Climate Change

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Hill – Nevada adopting California’s tough car pollution rules, pushing back against Trump administration

ENN—Dust Traverses the Atlantic Ocean

US News—States See Uptick in Young Virus Patients

 

Yes! Magazine—How to Get Off Fossil Fuels Quickly and Fairly

 

The Hill – Ford aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

 

NPR—‘Like Poking a Beehive’: The Worrisome Link between Deforestation and Disease

 

ICCT—NOx and CO2 emissions from trucks: What trade-off?

 

Indoor Air Quality

 

The Herald Journal—Commercial building owners and managers focusing on ways to reduce the spread of workplace illness while maintaining energy efficiency

 

International Environmental Technology—How to Minimize Indoor Air Pollution During Lockdown

 

Forbes—5 Easy-To-Grow Houseplants That Improve Indoor Air Quality

 

NPR Interview—Amid Confusion About Reopening, An Expert Explains How to Assess COVID-19 Risk

 

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 8-12, 2020

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TODAY!!

The National Tribal Air Association, in partnership with the California Air Resources Board Presents an Informational Webinar for Tribes on

EPA’s Proposed NAAQS Review of Particulate Matter on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 2 pm ET. To register, listen in and view documents discussed on the webinar, click here.

          This informational webinar is part of NTAA’s Policy Resource Kit to respond to EPA Proposed Updates to the NAAQS for Particulate Matter. On April 14, 2020, the EPA announced its proposal to retain the NAAQS for particulate matter (PM) without changes. This includes both fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM10) particles. The EPA is required to review these standards every five years and to revise them, if appropriate, to provide the required protection for public health and welfare.

This proposal was published in the Federal Register on April 30, 2020 and can be viewed here.  The deadline for comments is June 29, 2020. You can access NTAA’s Policy Resource Kit, including a template letter your Tribe can use to submit comments on NTAA’s website here.

 

The NTAA is hosting a webinar to present the 2020 Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR) on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2pm ET. You can register, listen in and view the STAR discussed on the call here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6170570713217956108

Each year, NTAA publishes the STAR to highlight the dedicated work and contributions from Tribal air quality programs to advance air quality across the nation. The STAR will be published on June 22 on NTAA’s website and the webinar on the 24th will provide an overview of the STAR and detail the many stories within the STAR.

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

U.S. EPA – EPA Celebrates 50 Years of Protecting Our Nation’s Air

 

Bloomberg – Rethinking Air Pollution after the Virus

 

New York Times – On Tribal Lands, a Time to Make Art for Solace and Survival

 

Las Vegas Sun – Tribal nations keep their distance to preserve their culture

 

Indian Country Today – Mashpee Wampanoag ruling a ‘win for all of Indian Country’

 

Indian Country Today – Investigation reveals a consistent picture: ‘It’s really hard to vote in Indian country’

 

The Colorado Sun – Ute tribes reimagine Bear Dances, a key ceremony of renewal, as coronavirus locks down Colorado reservations

 

U.S. EPA – EPA Proposes Honest Accounting Standard to Improve Future Clean Air Act Rules

 

Lexology – U.S. EPA Proposes Rule Governing Cost Benefit Analysis for Significant CAA Regulations

 

NRDC – Amid Pandemic, EPA Proposal Distorts the Benefits of Reducing Air Pollution

 

The Charlotte Post – Activists: Communities of color most at risk from EPA air standard policy as proximity leads to more incidences

 

NPR – As EPA Steps Back, States Face Wave Of Requests For Environmental Leniency

 

The Hill – In Trump response to coronavirus, left sees environmental injustice

 

The Hill – EPA faces third lawsuit after suspending enforcement of pollution monitoring

 

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

 

Climate Change/Energy

Yale Climate Connections – By paying attention, tribes in the Northwoods are leading the way on climate change

New York Times – E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

The Hill – Climate agency reports May was hottest on record worldwide

Nexus News Media – Report Finds the United States Could Get to 90 Percent Clean Power by 2035

Grist – How renewable energy could emerge on top after the pandemic

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Ecowatch – EPA Likely to Approve Mine That Threatens Alaska’s Largest Salmon Nursery

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – EPA says farmers can use existing supplies of dicamba even though a court blocked sales and use of the weed killer

 

Indoor Air Quality

Discover – Can This Cheap, DIY Air Pollution Sensor Help the World Get Clean Air?

 

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 1-5, 2020

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2020 Clean Air Excellence Awards

Applications and nominations for EPA’s 2020 Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted! Application deadline is July 31, 2020. For nomination information, click here.

The Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, established at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, periodically recognizes and honors outstanding innovative efforts to help make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award-winning entries must directly or indirectly reduce pollutant emissions, demonstrate innovation, offer sustainable outcomes, and provide a model for others to follow.

 

National Indian Health Board & National Tribal Air Association are partnering for a webinar on Public Health and Clean Air

June 4, 1 PM (ET). Register here.

This webinar will describe the importance of clean air to public health; the basics of the landmark federal law regulating air quality, the Clean Air Act; and how Tribes can work with EPA and other partners to monitor air quality on Tribal Lands. Presented by Wilfred J. Nabahe, Chairman of the National Tribal Air Association and Director of the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Environmental Protection Office

 

Welcome to NTAA’s latest Policy Advisory Committee member Bill Droessler!

Bill Droessler is the Program Development Officer at Environmental Initiative (EI), a nonprofit organization that works with businesses, communities, and nonprofit and government leaders to develop collaborative solutions to environmental problems. For nearly 20 years, he has also been leading EI’s Clean Air Minnesota (CAM), a nationally award-winning public-private-community partnership focusing on developing, administering, and funding voluntary emission-reduction projects across Minnesota and other states.

He has worked on environmental issues for major international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofits. He holds a BA in Government and History from Beloit College and a law degree from the Environment and Energy Law Program at Chicago Kent – College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. Learn more about NTAA’s Policy Advisory Committee here.

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

 

Air Quality News—Vehicles type particles ‘significant’ source of marine microplastic pollution

 

Chemical & Engineering News—How air pollution messes with our minds

 

EPA—EPA Finalized Amendments to the Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

 

EPA—President Trump Delivering on Promise to Protect Our Nation’s Air

 

CNN – Scientists say they have found the cleanest air on Earth

 

NOLA—Lawsuit: EPA lags in enforcing air pollution rules in Ville Platte, other poor communities

 

Reuters – U.S. EPA moves to curb state powers to deny permits for energy projects

 

Washington Post – EPA opts not to delay controversial Alaska mine for now

 

Eurek Alert – Study demonstrates association between exposure to air pollution and vascular damage

 

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

 

Climate Change/Energy

E&E News—Global CO2 has risen for a century. That appears to be over

Climate Signals—Climate Change & Wildfires

New York Times—EPA Limits State’s Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

E&E—Rough economy, Trump rollbacks could hike methane emissions

The Guardian—The Collapse of coal: pandemic accelerates Appalachia job losses

EPA—EPA proposes that no additional measures are necessary pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211(v) to mitigate the adverse air quality impacts of the renewable fuel volumes required under CAA section 211(o).

Axios – The alarm over climate financial risk gets louder because of coronavirus

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NPR Podcast—The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

EPA—EPA announces a virtual public hearing to be held May 28, 2020, on its proposal for the “Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Rule,” which was signed on April 13, 2020.

Indoor Air Quality

 

Scientific American—Coronavirus Lockdowns May Raise Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution

 

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 25-29, 2020

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The NTAA has published the 2020 Update to A White Paper Detailing the Science and Connections Between Air Pollution, Tribes, and Public Health

The NTAA originally published this white paper in 2019 as a resource to Tribes. The white paper has now been updated to reflect research that has been published since then on the connection between air quality and health, as well as the emerging connections between air pollution and health outcomes from COVID-19. The 2020 update can now be found using the above link or by going directly to the NTAA’s website, and will be included as an attachment to the NTAA 2020 Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR), which will be published June 22.

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Drilled – Trump Is Racing to Finalize Environmental Rollbacks. This Obscure Regulation May Be One Reason Why

 

Forbes – America’s Air Is Getting Worse: Here’s Why

 

National Law Review – U.S. EPA Proposes Rule That Would Transform the Guidance Process

 

E&E News – EPA starts ‘measured and deliberate’ reopening

 

E&E News – Air Pollution: Lawsuit marks first step in legal brawl over toxics rule

 

E&E News – Army Corps makes last-minute change in Pebble plan

 

Air Quality News – Air pollution linked to Parkinson’s disease

 

Bloomberg Law – Insight: What’s at Stake in EPA’s MATS Finding Reversal

 

Biomass Magazine – EPA opens comment period on wood heater proposal

 

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

 

Climate Change/Energy

Independent – Trump administration slows on fracking plans after outcry for impacted Navajo Nation

 

Reuters – Help us protect the headwaters of the Amazon from oil companies, elders say

 

Inside Climate News – New York’s Use of Landmark Climate Law Could Resound in Other States

 

New Orleans Public Radio – ‘There Is No Way Back Anymore’: Louisiana’s Coastal Land Loss Is Inevitable

 

E&E News – Wis. utility to close coal plant blamed for high costs

 

E&E News – What’s next for oil? 3 questions answered

 

E&E News – Trail of spills haunts Dakota Access developer

 

NY Times – ‘Expect More’: Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures

 

NY Times – What a Week’s Disasters Tell Us About Climate and the Pandemic

 

CarbonBrief – Webinar [recording]: What impact is Covid-19 having on global CO2 emissions?

 

ENN – Marine Species Are Outpacing Terrestrial Species In The Race Against Global Warming

 

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Hill – Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards

 

AP – Democrats protest removal of Transportation watchdog

 

NPR – Our Pandemic Habits Cut Carbon Emissions, But It’s Not Clear They’ll Last

 

NPR – On Nearly Emptied Roads, Motor Vehicle Fatality Rate Spikes By 14% In March

 

EPA – EPA Takes Next Step to Implement PFAS Legislation

 

E&E News – Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’: Business as usual or an EV coup?

 

E&E News – Commuter are adapting to the virus. What it means for CO2

 

CarbonBrief – Fuel savings in US cars have ‘cut 17bn tonnes of CO2 since 1975’

 

Indoor Air Quality

National Herald – Indoor air quality and asthma during COVID-19

 

Fast Company – We spend 90% of our time inside – why don’t we care that indoor air is so polluted?

 

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 18-22, 2020

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The NTAA Submitted Comments on EPA’s Transparency in Science SNPRM

The NTAA submitted a comment letter on EPA’s Transparency in Science supplemental proposal on May 18, 2020. You can view the letter here, as well as access all of NTAA’s Policy Resource Kits here. Also, the following article highlights other responses to this proposal: Inside Climate News – EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Meets with an Outpouring of Protest on Last Day for Public Comment

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

NPR – Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much

 

The Hill – EPA effort to limit guidance could undermine past administration policy

 

The Hill – Trump orders agencies to cut regulations that ‘inhibit economic recovery’

 

Reuters – In Brief: 9th Circuit won’t stay ruling canceling Keystone XL pipeline permit

 

PBS – Keystone pipeline project proceeds amidst COVID-19 pandemic

 

The Hill – House Democrats seek to codify environmental inequality mapping tool

 

Earther – ‘I’m Scared’: Study Links Cancer Alley Air Pollution to Higher Death Rates From Covid-19

 

Yes Magazine – What’s in a Social Justice Diet?

 

Washington Post – The Energy 202: Public hearings on Zoom have Native Americans worried they won’t be heard on oil projects

 

The Guardian – Canada: Wet’suwet’en sign historic deal to negotiate land rights

 

Reuters – Judge tosses CERCLA lawsuit against U.S. Steel over coke plant emissions

 

Heated – A deadly re-opening. The Grand Canyon is re-opening, apparently without informing visitors of the Navajo Nation’s strict lockdown.

 

Reuters – Court rules U.S. environment agency must protect states from upwind air pollution

 

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

 

Climate Change/Energy

Al Jazeera – A moment of reckoning – when coronavirus meets climate change

 

Reuters – Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills

 

The Guardian – Coal industry will never recover after coronavirus pandemic, say experts

 

Wyoming Public Media – Employment, Revenue Threatened With “Multi-Year Low” Natural Gas Pricing

 

NY Times – Natural Gas Exports Slow as Pandemic Reduces Global Demand

 

Axios – The post-coronavirus greenhouse gas emissions bounce back

 

Mother Jones – There’s a Lot Less Pollution But Climate Change Is Still Getting Worse

 

Time – As the Rest of the World Plans a Green Recovery, America Is Once Again Falling Behind

 

Earther – Looming Landslide in Alaska Could Trigger Enormous Tsunami at Any Moment, Scientists Warn

 

Ensia – Cobalt Is Critical to the Renewable Energy Transition. How Can We Minimize Its Social and Environmental Cost?

 

NY Times – In the Shadows of America’s Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk

 

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Washington Post – EPA staff warned that mileage rollbacks had flaws. Trump officials ignored them.

 

Bloomberg Law – California Sues EPA, Highway Agency Over Emissions Waiver

 

The Guardian – Is the Covid-19 crisis the catalyst for greening the world’s airlines?

 

E&E News – Justices reject renewable fuel standard, NEPA disputes

 

Bloomberg Law – Round-the-Clock Cremations Stoke Mercury Fears for Neighborhoods

 

Utility Dive – Energy storage poised to tackle grid challenges from rising EVs as mobile chargers bring new flexibility

 

NY Times – The Pandemic Will Permanently Change the Auto Industry

 

Grist – Will social distancing kill car-free culture?

 

Reuters – Exclusive: Tesla’s secret batteries aim to rework the math for electric cars and the grid

 

Indoor Air Quality

E&E News – EPA packs ‘economic relief’ for industry into stove rule

 

American Council on Science and Health – Air Pollution And COVID-19: Stay In Or Get Out?

 

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 11-15, 2020

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NTAA Publishes a Fact Sheet on EPA’s Proposed Updates to the NAAQS for Particulate Matter

EPA is proposing to retain the NAAQS for particulate matter without changes. The NTAA is developing a full Policy Resource Kit (PRK), including a Fact Sheet, Tribal Template Letter, Informational Webinar, and Comment Letter to help your Tribe in responding to this proposal. The deadline to comment is June 29, 2020. The EPA will be holding public hearings on May 20 and May 21. The Fact Sheet can be found here and stay tuned for the rest of the PRK!

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Grist – EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?

 

New York Times Op-ed – A Life on and Off the Navajo Nation: The reservation has some of the most coronavirus cases per capita in the country.

 

E&E News – Tensions flare over sluggish EPA revamp of cost-benefit rule

 

E&E News – Agency leans on 1870s ‘housekeeping’ law to block science

 

E&E News – Tribes seek delay in Trump’s Tongass rule

 

Grist – ‘Get the hell off’: The indigenous fight to stop a uranium mine in the Black Hills

 

Washington Post – The Energy 202: A Harvard study tying coronavirus death rates to pollution is causing an uproar in Washington

 

Wisconsin Public Radio – Tracking Coronavirus Impacts On Air Quality

 

EPA – North Dakota Tribes receive $810,000 to cleanup and revitalize properties

 

EPA – Northern Cheyenne Tribe receives $364,500 to cleanup and revitalize properties

 

E&E News – Watchdog to study coronavirus’ impacts on EPA

 

E&E News – Coal: Meet America’s 10 largest emitters

 

NY Times – The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List.

Editor’s note: The “Air pollution and emissions” category tops the list in the number of both completed and total rollbacks.

 

NY Times – Tribal Nations Face Most Severe Crisis in Decades as the Coronavirus Closes Casinos

 

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

 

Climate Change/Energy

Reuters – States ask Trump administration to pay laid off oil workers to plug abandoned wells

 

Axios – Too hot to handle

 

Reuters – Life-threatening extreme heat set to trap millions indoors by 2060

 

E&E News – Gas peakers to renewable storage: The next climate fight?

 

Native Sun News Today – Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues

 

NY Times – Will the Coronavirus Crisis Trump the Climate Crisis?

 

CarbonBrief – Leading economists: Green coronavirus recovery also better for economy

 

CarbonBrief – Analysis: What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2?

 

Utility Dive – Trump’s security order could have ‘chilling effect,’ slow smart grid deployment, experts say

 

Bloomberg Green – Covid Crisis Will Be Overshadowed by Climate Threat, Engie Says

 

The New Republic – There Are Green Jobs Hiding in the Oilfields

 

Toxics/Mobile Sources

E&E News – Lack of rail limits U.S. ability to lower airline emissions

 

Reuters – U.S. pipeline regulator strikes down Washington state’s crude-by-rail safety limits

 

Gizmodo – The EPA Introduced the First-Ever US Airplane Carbon Regulations

 

Bloomberg – The Car Is Staging a Recovery, Spurring Oil’s Recovery

 

E&E News – Car Rules: Green group threatens to sue EPA for withholding docs

 

NY Times – New Breed of Pickups Mixes Horsepower and Battery Power

 

C&EN – CFC replacements are a source of persistent organic pollution in the Artic

 

CNBC – Goldman Sachs warns jet fuel demand may never fully recover from the crisis

 

Indoor Air Quality

Safety and Health Magazine – COVID-19 pandemic: EPA, CDC team on guidance for keeping workplaces clean when reopening

 

EPA – EPA Makes it Easier for Consumers to Find Safe, Effective Disinfectant Products to Use Against the Novel Coronavirus

 

Middletown Transcript – Carper asks if EPA plans to reverse decision stopping sale of residential wood heaters

 

Vox – Gas stoves can generate unsafe levels of indoor air pollution

 

Bloomberg – California Wants to See How Cooking With Gas Affects Indoor Air

 

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 4-8, 2020

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COVID-19 Economic Impact Check Information

The IRS has developed this webpage to help ensure everyone who is eligible receives their economic impact payment.

It’s Air Quality Awareness Week!

Stay tuned here for more information.

The theme for this year is Better Air, Better Health! Our goal is to promote events that increase air quality awareness and encourage people to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) daily. We plan to focus on the following daily topics this year, featuring one each day on the AQAW website (which will be released on May 4, the first day of AQAW):

  • Monday – Wildfires & Smoke
  • Tuesday – Asthma & Your Health
  • Wednesday – Where’s Your AQI Coming From?
  • Thursday – Air Quality Around the World
  • Friday – Shout-out of state and local events

U.S. EPA would also like to share with you a new student engagement activity that was developed this year, Why I Care about Clean Air (instructions found in link), that can easily be distributed and completed from home.

Flexibility with GAP Awards during Coronavirus

EPA’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Grant Issues in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency is available here and addresses generally applicable policies and practices. These FAQs address a broad number of issues, including grant procedures, allowable costs, disruption of services, procurement, and extensions, among other topics. Each individual work plan and award situation may be different based on your tribe’s unique situation and tribal personnel policies. We encourage you to work closely with your project officer to address your specific questions. You can also subscribe to the EPA Grants Listserv so that you may receive updates on information as it becomes available. Generally, EPA is working to provide the maximum flexibility permitted by law to continue financial assistance support to tribes and other grant recipients.  For GAP recipients, this means:

  • You may continue to conduct your GAP work plan activities while teleworking.  If your current work plan activities are not suitable for telework, you may work with your project officer to re-negotiate some or portions of your work plan,
  • You may request an extension of your project period, and
  • If in the 4th year of a stand-alone GAP award (the regulatory limit), AIEO is requesting a one-time waiver so that impacted GAP awards may be extended into a 5th

Proposed Rule: Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

EPA has published this proposal in the Federal Register, and the NTAA is developing a full Policy Resource Kit. The proposal states that no changes to the NAAQS for particulate matter will be taken at this time. The deadline to comment is June 29, 2020, and two virtual public hearings will be held on May 20 and May 21.

 

HEADLINES

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

EPA – EPA Provides Grant Funding to Support Environmental Justice Communities Impacted by COVID-19

E&E News – Tribes: Pandemic relief starts flowing

NBC News – 173 years, $170: Why Irish people are donating to help Native Americans hit by coronavirus

EPA – Science Advisory Board Issues Comments on Agency’s Draft Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Rulemaking

Editor’s note: the NTAA has developed a Policy Resource Kit in response to this SNPRM, and will be submitting a comment letter opposing the proposal on May 18.

Alliance for Green Heat – EPA amending wood heater deadline to address pandemic sales slump

AU News – Ozone layer: Largest ever tear over the Arctic has closed

EPA – EPA, CDC Release Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Spaces Where Americans Live, Work, and Play

Indian Country Today – Virtual meetings set for drilling plan near Chaco national park

Indian Country Today – Pressure mounts as tribes seek more time on drilling plan

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

AP – Judge cancels hundreds of oil, gas leases in Montana

Bloomberg – TC Energy Says Montana Ruling Could Delay Keystone XL by a Year

AP – Takeaways from renewable energy’s struggles amid pandemic

NBC – Cheap oil? A pandemic? No big deal for renewable energy, experts say

Indian Country Today – Virus darkens prospects for solar, wind projects

NY Times – Billions in Clean Energy Loans Go Unused as Coronavirus Ravages Economy

Reuters – Next risk? Coronavirus pandemic underscores climate health threats

Business Insider – How climate change could make infectious diseases even more difficult to combat in the future

E&E News – An Alaska glacier collapsed. Warming was the likely trigger

E&E News – Is gas really better than coal for the climate?

Yes! Magazine – Carbon Emissions Turned Back 10 Years

NY Times – Emissions Declines Will Set Records This Year. But It’s Not Good News.

CarbonBrief – IEA: Coronavirus impact on CO2 emissions six times larger than 2008 financial crisis

NY Times – The Business of Burps: Scientists Smell Profit in Cow Emissions

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Bloomberg – Single-Use Plastics Make a Comeback on Pandemic Fears

EPA – EPA Announces Cooperative Agreement to Support the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC)

EPA – EPA Highlights Enforcement Actions against Those Who Violate the Defeat Device and Tampering Prohibitions under the Clean Air Act

Indoor Air Quality

Grist – Study: Gas-powered appliances may be hazardous for your health

Utility Dive – Elevating energy efficiency – At last!

YubaNet – How to Reduce Your Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution during COVID-19 Related Lockdowns: New Guide

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NATIONAL TRIBAL AIR ASSOCIATION

Our mission is to advance air quality management policies and programs, consistent with the needs, interests, and unique legal status of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.

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