NTAA News!

Last week, the NTAA Executive Committee (EC), TAMS Steering Committee, and ITEP staff met with EPA leadership over video calls and in person in Flagstaff last week. Many great discussions were had with a shared goal of improving Tribal air quality and enhancing relationships.

Members of the NTAA EC, TAMS SC and EPA staff met on the campus of Northern Arizona University last week. Photo by Ryan Tsingine

Top Stories

AP – Damage assessments begin in flooded remote Alaska villages

Anchorage Daily News – As Western Alaska floodwaters recede, damage assessments begin across hundreds of miles of coastline

E&E News – Why did Fiona wreck Puerto Rico? Blame climate, fragile grid.

NPR – How to help people in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona

Indianz.com – ‘Our policy is nation-to-nation’ Tribes join President Biden for celebration at White House

The Hill – Manchin, allies turn up the heat on permitting reform

The Hill – Tensions rise amid frustration over mystery Manchin deal

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/Tribes News

EPA – Deputy Administrator McCabe and National Tribal Caucus Chair Wagner Co-Chair 2022 National Tribal Operations Committee Meeting

National Law Review – The Inflation Reduction Act: How Do Tribal Communities Benefit?

E&E News – Permitting overhaul in peril as funding deadline looms

Arizona Republic – National Park Service pledges to work with tribes to protect cultural sites on public lands

News and Tribune – Indiana’s Miami tribe battling for federal recognition after rule changes

NPR – Apache tribes in Arizona are leading the way in saving Emory oak trees

Durango Herald – Tribes look to preserve natural sonic environment in Bears Ears

CNN – Scientists find clues to how air pollution may trigger lung cancer

Medical News Today – Lung cancer in non-smokers: Scientists find how air pollution acts as a trigger

Washington Post – A potential connection between dementia and air pollution

The Columbian – Study: Breathing polluted air affects teenagers

NASA – NASA and Google Team up to Better Track Local Air Pollution

Climate Change/Energy

AP – Analysis: UN chief, speaking to leaders, doesn’t mince words

Inside Climate News – ‘We’re Fine’: How Solar Kept the Lights On After Fiona Left Puerto Rico in the Dark

Inside Climate News – How a Successful EPA Effort to Reduce Climate-Warming ‘Immortal’ Chemicals Stalled

NPR – The U.S. will officially phase down HFCs, gases trapping 1,000x more heat than CO2

The Guardian – Vulnerable countries demand global tax to pay for climate-led loss and damage

AP – First public global database of fossil fuels launches

AP – Minnesota Ojibwe harvest sacred, climate-imperiled wild rice

E&E News – GAO: Government must boost climate resilience

The Revelator – Solar Sovereignty: The Promise of Native-Led Renewables

KRTV – Blackfeet Nation begins implementation of Climate Change Adaptation Plan

E&E News – GOP fumes over climate law. Is there a will for repeal?

E&E News – White House unveils climate bill website for consumers

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Navajo/Hopi Observer – Chinle Unified School District receives first electric school bus

Native News Online – Tribe, Conservation Groups Sue to Stop Mining Project

E&E News –    Biden announces tentative labor deal to avoid rail strike

Oregon Public Radio – As Oregon pushes more electric vehicles, a gap emerges in access

Utility Dive – DOE, federal agencies to draft plan for slashing transportation carbon emissions

The Hill – Biden touts funds for EV charging network: Will be as ‘easy to find as gas stations’

White House Fact Sheet – President Biden’s Economic Plan Drives America’s Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Boom

Clean Technica – Which U.S. States Are Best For Electric Vehicles?

 Indoor Air Quality

UConn Today – White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy Recognizes UConn’s Indoor Air Quality Initiative Fighting COVID-19

Campus Safety Magazine – Improve Your School’s Indoor Air Quality with Federal ARPA Funds

KGW8 –  How to make sure wildfire smoke stays outside

Wiley Online Library – HEPA filters of portable air cleaners as a tool for the surveillance of SARS-CoV-2