• The 2021 Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR) National Presentation will be held on June 14th at 12pm PT / 3pm ET
    • The NTAA will host a national presentation to provide an overview of the STAR, share the stories within the STAR, and provide specific recommendations for national leadership to advance air quality on and around Tribal lands. Presenters include NTAA’s Executive Committee (EC) Chairwoman & Region 10’s EC Primary Representative Carol Kriebs, Region 4’s EC Alternate Representative Tiffany Lozada, Region 5’s EC Alternate Representative Joy Wiecks, Region 6’s EC Primary Representative Craig Kreman, Dana Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe, the TAMS Steering Committee’s Chairwoman Tennille Denetdeel, and NTAA staff members Andy Bessler, Mariah Ashley, and Dara Marks Marino. To register for the presentation, follow this link.
  • NTAA is producing a Policy Resource Kit to help Tribes respond to EPA on its reconsideration of the 2019 action titled, the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule,” for the purposes of rescinding the action taken by the prior administration.
    • NTAA commented on the full SAFE proposal, which included both the waiver withdrawal and the freezing of fuel efficiency standards, on October 26, 2018. This Reconsideration seeks comment on:
      • Appropriateness of EPA’s interpretations that led to the withdrawal of CA’s CAA waiver to set GHG standards and a ZEV sales mandate
      • Appropriateness of EPA’s interpretation that disallowed other states to adopt CA GHG emission standards
    • NTAA’s PRK includes a fact sheet and NTAA will be preparing a template letter for Tribes to use in submitting their own comments. The comment deadline is July 6, 2021. You can find more information and to comment, visit the Federal Register website.

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

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The Hill – EPA officially nixes Trump ‘secret science’ rule

Indian Country Today – Unanimous: Supreme Court rules for Tribes as Tribal jurisdiction upheld in United States v. Cooley case

Native Sun News – Water protectors continue to disrupt Line 3 construction

School Transportation News – Cleaning the air starts with education on school bus role

High Country News – Will a Native-led Initiative spur an agricultural revolution in rural Alaska?

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

The Hill – Biden administration to suspend Arctic oil leases issued under Trump: reports

The Verge – A company wants to build a massive solar project in Montana—of course it’s for crypto

Nature – The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change

Reuters – Hydrogen ‘a huge opportunity’ to replace fossil fuels, says U.S. energy secretary

Energy News Network – Cranberry farmers look to sweeten income by pairing crop with solar panels

Canary Media – Why roofop solar and home batteries make a clean grid vastly more affordable

Reuters – Digital divide: How to unmute climate voices in poorer nations

The Hill – EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines – The Butterfly Effect: Retrofitting Low-Income Housing

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NPR – The Week That Shook Big Oil

The Guardian – ‘Black Wednesday’ for big oil as courtrooms and boardrooms turn on industry

NY Times – Fixing What Highways Destroyed

NY Times – Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?

NY Times – How do animals safely cross a highway? Take a look.

AP – Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline enters critical month in June

The Guardian – Guyanese citizens challenge ExxonMobil offshore drilling on climate grounds

Reuters – Three Exxon refineries top the list of U.S. polluters

Washington Examiner – Greener cryptocurrencies in focus as Bitcoin faces environmental criticism

Gizmodo – Iran bans crypto mining after months of blackouts

Indoor Air Quality

Charkoosta – Arlee High School students win statewide award for radon testing

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