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NTAA Releases its White Paper on Wood Heater Emission Pilot Project for Indian Country

This White Paper is based on an earlier proposal on Wood Heaters Emissions Reduction Act otherwise known as WHERA. The Act is no longer considered in this year’s budget process even though much of Indian Country still rely on wood heaters as a main source for heating their homes. A pilot effort to support changeouts modeled after WHERA, would be appropriate to support and protect public health in Indian Country as well as to identify and resolve issues common with other areas in the country to support future changeout programs. The paper was developed by NTAA Policy Advisory Committee Member, Laura McKelvey. Discussion of this paper will be provided on Thursday’s WSWG call at 2pm EST. Don’t miss out!


You are invited to join a national training on EPA’s draft methane rule being held by EPA’s OAQPS on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.                                        

You can view the agenda here. You can register for either day using the November 17th registration link and the November 18th registration link. More information on EPA’s training can be found here. NTAA will be hosting a 45-minute feedback breakout session as part of the training starting at 3:30 pm ET, so be sure to attend if you wish to share your feedback on EPA’s proposed rule. NTAA will be sharing a quick summary of initial feedback on the rule as part of NTAA’s policy analysis for Tribes. You can view tomorrow’s slide deck from NTAA here.

The EPA just recently posted their draft New Source Performance Standards Updates, Emissions Guidelines to Reduce Methane and Other Harmful Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. EPA will be holding a public hearing on this draft rule on November 30 and December 1, 2021 to provide the public the opportunity to present comments and information on the Agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines for the oil and natural gas industry. The proposal would expand and strengthen emissions reduction requirements that are currently on the books for new, modified and reconstructed oil and natural gas sources, and would require states to reduce methane emissions from hundreds of thousands of existing sources nationwide for the first time. To register to speak at the hearing, please click the link: Eventbrite/Oil and Gas Virtual Hearing

  • Dates of hearing: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 and Wednesday, December 1, 2020.
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time both days. Registration closes November 24, 2021.

NTAA will provide opening remarks for an EPA Training on this draft methane rule today on November 17, 2021. you can view a PDF of the slide show here. The NTAA Fact Sheet will be published soon as well as a NTAA template letter for Tribes to use to comment. Finally, NTAA will submit a comment letter on the comment deadline.

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