NTAA News!

Welcome to NTAA’s newest associate member Maggie Li, who is currently pursuing a PhD at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Li recently presented at the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality. To learn more about joining NTAA as an associate member, click here on NTAA’s website.

NTAA recently hosted and recorded an informational webinar to provide the key findings from NTAA’s national baseline needs assessment last week. You can view the recorded webinar on NTAA’s homepage under “Latest News!”

Yesterday, NTAA submitted this comment letter to EPA regarding the proposed updates to the 2015 Ozone Transport Rule. Learn what NTAA has submitted and what EPA actions you can comment on in the next few weeks on NTAA’s Policy Resource Kit page!

Be sure to join us tomorrow for NTAA’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group call at 2pm ET! Attend by clicking here. We will be discussing NTAA’s participation in the National Radon Action Plan.

The new National Radon Action Plan 2021–25, which was released in January, sets a goal for the nation to find, fix and prevent high indoor radon levels in 8 million buildings by 2025 and prevent at least 3,500 lung cancer deaths per year. Here is a link to a Tribal-specific questionnaire developed by the four goal area work groups to get a better sense of what is occurring or has occurred on Tribal lands as it pertains to radon.

Top Stories

E&E News – Will EPA use special power to prod Trump holdovers on climate?

ABC –Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

The Hill – Average acreage burned in wildfires doubled since 1991

The Guardian – Skiing on a sacred mountain: Indigenous Americans stand against a resort’s expansion

US Government Appropriations House – Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Funding Bill

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

E&E News – 5 takeaways from the energy, environment spending bills

E&E News – White House releases regulatory agenda

The Hill – Public housing residents exposed to higher levels of air pollution

PBS – California has some of the worst air quality in the country. The problem is rooted in the San Joaquin Valley

PR Newswire – Industria Power Completes Solar Microgrid for San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

CNBC – Air pollution takes 2 years off average global life expectancy, more than smoking or alcohol

Axios – Most Americans live with unsafe air pollution levels

The Hill – Children at particular risk of climate change, air pollution effects: analysis

Native News Online – Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to Visit the Rosebud Sioux Tribe on Tuesday

North Jersey – New Jersey sues Ford over pollution on tribal land in Ringwood

The Hill – Tribes to co-administer national monument for first time


Climate Change/Energy

AP News – Fires, heat waves cause ‘climate anxiety’ in youth

Bloomberg – Solar Power Floods Europe’s Grids as Heat Wave Lifts Demand

BBC – Friendly fungi help forests fight climate change

CNN – Newly documented polar bear population lives in a surprising place

CNN – Western Europeans wilt in early summer heatwave, compounding climate change fears

Gizmodo – Yellowstone Wrecked by ‘Thousand-Year’ Floods

Stanford Medicine – Climate change impact may affect kids more severely

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Climate Nexus – EPA could phase out GHGs under TSCA

Ecowatch – New Advisory for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Announced by EPA

Phys.org – Pollution from California’s 2020 wildfires likely offset decades of air quality gains

Wall Street Journal – High U.S. Fuel Exports Are Contributing to $5-a-Gallon Gas

The Hill Here are the 12 lawmakers who broke with their parties on ethanol fuels bill

The Hill – Exxon Mobil, Chevron push back on Biden blaming industry for oil prices

Indoor Air Quality

News Medical – Using air filters at home can reduce negative impacts of air pollution on children’s brain development

PBS – How COVID funding could help improve air quality in schools

Earth.org – What is Indoor Air Pollution?