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:

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.



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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