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. Particles are measured in micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3 ). 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.
The NTAA is concerned that maintaining the current standards may not be stringent enough to protect the most vulnerable members of society, including those with pre-existing health conditions like COPD, heart disease, asthma and diabetes, including many citizens of Indian Country, who have a higher occurrence of these conditions. Recent scientific evidence links air pollution to lethal outcomes from respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
This proposal was published in the Federal Register on April 30, 2020 and can be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0072-0069. The deadline for comments is June 29, 2020.
Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0072 and may be submitted online at https://www.regulations.gov/ . Please note that acceptance of hardcopy comments has been suspended due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Likewise, no hand deliveries will be accepted.
NTAA FACT SHEET
Stand by for a Tribal Template Letter to use to submit your own Tribe’s comments.