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.



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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