COVID-19 Economic Impact Check Information

The IRS has developed this webpage to help ensure everyone who is eligible receives their economic impact payment.

It’s Air Quality Awareness Week!

Stay tuned here for more information.

The theme for this year is Better Air, Better Health! Our goal is to promote events that increase air quality awareness and encourage people to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) daily. We plan to focus on the following daily topics this year, featuring one each day on the AQAW website (which will be released on May 4, the first day of AQAW):

  • Monday – Wildfires & Smoke
  • Tuesday – Asthma & Your Health
  • Wednesday – Where’s Your AQI Coming From?
  • Thursday – Air Quality Around the World
  • Friday – Shout-out of state and local events

U.S. EPA would also like to share with you a new student engagement activity that was developed this year, Why I Care about Clean Air (instructions found in link), that can easily be distributed and completed from home.

Flexibility with GAP Awards during Coronavirus

EPA’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Grant Issues in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency is available here and addresses generally applicable policies and practices. These FAQs address a broad number of issues, including grant procedures, allowable costs, disruption of services, procurement, and extensions, among other topics. Each individual work plan and award situation may be different based on your tribe’s unique situation and tribal personnel policies. We encourage you to work closely with your project officer to address your specific questions. You can also subscribe to the EPA Grants Listserv so that you may receive updates on information as it becomes available. Generally, EPA is working to provide the maximum flexibility permitted by law to continue financial assistance support to tribes and other grant recipients.  For GAP recipients, this means:

  • You may continue to conduct your GAP work plan activities while teleworking.  If your current work plan activities are not suitable for telework, you may work with your project officer to re-negotiate some or portions of your work plan,
  • You may request an extension of your project period, and
  • If in the 4th year of a stand-alone GAP award (the regulatory limit), AIEO is requesting a one-time waiver so that impacted GAP awards may be extended into a 5th

Proposed Rule: Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

EPA has published this proposal in the Federal Register, and the NTAA is developing a full Policy Resource Kit. The proposal states that no changes to the NAAQS for particulate matter will be taken at this time. The deadline to comment is June 29, 2020, and two virtual public hearings will be held on May 20 and May 21.



Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

EPA – EPA Provides Grant Funding to Support Environmental Justice Communities Impacted by COVID-19

E&E News – Tribes: Pandemic relief starts flowing

NBC News – 173 years, $170: Why Irish people are donating to help Native Americans hit by coronavirus

EPA – Science Advisory Board Issues Comments on Agency’s Draft Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Rulemaking

Editor’s note: the NTAA has developed a Policy Resource Kit in response to this SNPRM, and will be submitting a comment letter opposing the proposal on May 18.

Alliance for Green Heat – EPA amending wood heater deadline to address pandemic sales slump

AU News – Ozone layer: Largest ever tear over the Arctic has closed

EPA – EPA, CDC Release Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Spaces Where Americans Live, Work, and Play

Indian Country Today – Virtual meetings set for drilling plan near Chaco national park

Indian Country Today – Pressure mounts as tribes seek more time on drilling plan

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

AP – Judge cancels hundreds of oil, gas leases in Montana

Bloomberg – TC Energy Says Montana Ruling Could Delay Keystone XL by a Year

AP – Takeaways from renewable energy’s struggles amid pandemic

NBC – Cheap oil? A pandemic? No big deal for renewable energy, experts say

Indian Country Today – Virus darkens prospects for solar, wind projects

NY Times – Billions in Clean Energy Loans Go Unused as Coronavirus Ravages Economy

Reuters – Next risk? Coronavirus pandemic underscores climate health threats

Business Insider – How climate change could make infectious diseases even more difficult to combat in the future

E&E News – An Alaska glacier collapsed. Warming was the likely trigger

E&E News – Is gas really better than coal for the climate?

Yes! Magazine – Carbon Emissions Turned Back 10 Years

NY Times – Emissions Declines Will Set Records This Year. But It’s Not Good News.

CarbonBrief – IEA: Coronavirus impact on CO2 emissions six times larger than 2008 financial crisis

NY Times – The Business of Burps: Scientists Smell Profit in Cow Emissions

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Bloomberg – Single-Use Plastics Make a Comeback on Pandemic Fears

EPA – EPA Announces Cooperative Agreement to Support the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC)

EPA – EPA Highlights Enforcement Actions against Those Who Violate the Defeat Device and Tampering Prohibitions under the Clean Air Act

Indoor Air Quality

Grist – Study: Gas-powered appliances may be hazardous for your health

Utility Dive – Elevating energy efficiency – At last!

YubaNet – How to Reduce Your Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution during COVID-19 Related Lockdowns: New Guide

Be sure to subscribe to EPA’s IAQ Bulletins