NTAA Publishes a Fact Sheet on EPA’s Proposed Updates to the NAAQS for Particulate Matter

EPA is proposing to retain the NAAQS for particulate matter without changes. The NTAA is developing a full Policy Resource Kit (PRK), including a Fact Sheet, Tribal Template Letter, Informational Webinar, and Comment Letter to help your Tribe in responding to this proposal. The deadline to comment is June 29, 2020. The EPA will be holding public hearings on May 20 and May 21. The Fact Sheet can be found here and stay tuned for the rest of the PRK!



Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Grist – EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?


New York Times Op-ed – A Life on and Off the Navajo Nation: The reservation has some of the most coronavirus cases per capita in the country.


E&E News – Tensions flare over sluggish EPA revamp of cost-benefit rule


E&E News – Agency leans on 1870s ‘housekeeping’ law to block science


E&E News – Tribes seek delay in Trump’s Tongass rule


Grist – ‘Get the hell off’: The indigenous fight to stop a uranium mine in the Black Hills


Washington Post – The Energy 202: A Harvard study tying coronavirus death rates to pollution is causing an uproar in Washington


Wisconsin Public Radio – Tracking Coronavirus Impacts On Air Quality


EPA – North Dakota Tribes receive $810,000 to cleanup and revitalize properties


EPA – Northern Cheyenne Tribe receives $364,500 to cleanup and revitalize properties


E&E News – Watchdog to study coronavirus’ impacts on EPA


E&E News – Coal: Meet America’s 10 largest emitters


NY Times – The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List.

Editor’s note: The “Air pollution and emissions” category tops the list in the number of both completed and total rollbacks.


NY Times – Tribal Nations Face Most Severe Crisis in Decades as the Coronavirus Closes Casinos


National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update


Climate Change/Energy

Reuters – States ask Trump administration to pay laid off oil workers to plug abandoned wells


Axios – Too hot to handle


Reuters – Life-threatening extreme heat set to trap millions indoors by 2060


E&E News – Gas peakers to renewable storage: The next climate fight?


Native Sun News Today – Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues


NY Times – Will the Coronavirus Crisis Trump the Climate Crisis?


CarbonBrief – Leading economists: Green coronavirus recovery also better for economy


CarbonBrief – Analysis: What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2?


Utility Dive – Trump’s security order could have ‘chilling effect,’ slow smart grid deployment, experts say


Bloomberg Green – Covid Crisis Will Be Overshadowed by Climate Threat, Engie Says


The New Republic – There Are Green Jobs Hiding in the Oilfields


Toxics/Mobile Sources

E&E News – Lack of rail limits U.S. ability to lower airline emissions


Reuters – U.S. pipeline regulator strikes down Washington state’s crude-by-rail safety limits


Gizmodo – The EPA Introduced the First-Ever US Airplane Carbon Regulations


Bloomberg – The Car Is Staging a Recovery, Spurring Oil’s Recovery


E&E News – Car Rules: Green group threatens to sue EPA for withholding docs


NY Times – New Breed of Pickups Mixes Horsepower and Battery Power


C&EN – CFC replacements are a source of persistent organic pollution in the Artic


CNBC – Goldman Sachs warns jet fuel demand may never fully recover from the crisis


Indoor Air Quality

Safety and Health Magazine – COVID-19 pandemic: EPA, CDC team on guidance for keeping workplaces clean when reopening


EPA – EPA Makes it Easier for Consumers to Find Safe, Effective Disinfectant Products to Use Against the Novel Coronavirus


Middletown Transcript – Carper asks if EPA plans to reverse decision stopping sale of residential wood heaters


Vox – Gas stoves can generate unsafe levels of indoor air pollution


Bloomberg – California Wants to See How Cooking With Gas Affects Indoor Air


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