WEEKLY UPDATES2020-06-17T22:20:19+00:00

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 15 – 19, 2023

Proposals for sessions and trainings for the TLEF are due THIS Friday, May 19! We really want to hear your stories, your successes and challenges, new approaches you’ve taken that might help others, updates on projects you’ve been working on, or anything else that might inspire and help your colleagues working on the front line. We prioritize selecting proposals that are specific to Superfund/Federal Facilities, solid waste, USTs, emergency response, and brownfields. We love seeing proposals that may straddle various topics, or deal with over-arching challenges like the climate crisis, habitat restoration, environmental justice, or other areas that affect these core environmental media. If you have something to share, don’t delay!

Go to the 2023 TLEF Website and click on the “Call for Proposals” tab to access the proposal form.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s TLEF – whether you attend in person or virtually!

Top Stories

The White House has developed a page where you can find all of the open IRA NOFOs: Open Funding Opportunities | Clean Energy | The White House

EPA maintains a similar list of BIL and IRA funding opportunities on the EPA website that is updated monthly: https://www.epa.gov/invest/epa-funding-announcements-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-and-inflation-reduction-act

Evergreen – Evergreen Explains the Climate Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act

New York Times – EPA Proposes Limits on Climate Pollution from Existing Power Plants

US News – When Does the COVID-19 Pandemic End?

NACAA Washington Update – This Week in Review


Ambient Air Quality/EPA/Tribes News

Native News Online – NDN Collective launches podcast, ‘LANDBACK for the people’

NPR – An EPA proposal to (almost) eliminate climate pollution from power plants

Ensia – Thinking about a heat pump? Here are a few things to consider.

EPA – EPA Proposes New Carbon Pollution Standards for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants to Tackle the Climate Crisis and Protect Public Health


Toxics/Mobile Sources

NPR – Texas petrochemical plant fire sends 5 workers to hospital

Native News Online – Feds propose mineral extraction withdrawal in Jenny Gulch

High Country News – San Carlos Apache call for international intervention over copper mine at Oak Flat


Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Justice

Colorlines – What is Collective Power and How Do We Build It? An Explainer with Maurice Mitchell

Colorlines – Should Racial Justice Movements Give up on Government? An Explainer with Eric K. Ward

NPR – 5 ways to improve your indoor air quality: Life kit

NewScientist – How indoor air quality affects your health and what to do about it


UPCOMING CALLS/EVENTS/NOTICES: Week of May 15 – 19, 2023


NTAA Upcoming Calls

Contact Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu if you have any questions about any call. A Zoom link will be sent with calendar invites for future NTAA work group calls.


Woodsmoke Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in woodsmoke issues in Tribal communities. Contact Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu to join the call! Thursday,

June 8,

10 am AK or 2 pm ET

Mobile Sources Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in mobile source issues in Tribal communities. Contact Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu to join the call! Thursday, June 1, 10 am AK or 2 pm ET
Alaska Air Work Group: Join this work group to hear updates from EPA and Alaskans working on air quality. Contact Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu to join the call! TBD,

10 am AK or 2 pm ET

NTAA / EPA Air Policy Update Call: Join this monthly meeting to hear updates from EPA on important air quality and climate policy updates as well as updates around the country related to Tribal Air Programs. Calls are held on the last Thursday of every month unless it falls on a holiday. Contact Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu to join the call! Thursday, May 25, 10 am AK or 2 pm ET
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in indoor air quality in Tribal homes and other buildings. Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu to join the call! Thursday, June 8, 10 am AK or 2 pm ET


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

Click Here for ITEP’s new Tribal Environmental Management and Planning Online Courses. Sign up for a self-paced course hosted by ITEP’s Waste and Response and Tribal Air Quality programs.


ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) hosts the Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Cold Climates, Residential Building Science Review, Radon Fundamentals, Quality Assurance Fundamental, Writing a Quality Assurance Project Plan, Emissions Inventory Fundamentals, and Emissions Inventory Advanced.

AIAQTP Schedule and Registration 


Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes




On May 11, 2023, EPA announced new proposed pollution standards that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil-fuel fired power plants. The proposal would strengthen current GHG standards for new natural gas-fired power plants and outline emission guidelines for states to establish GHG standards for existing coal, oil, and natural gas-fired power plants.

To help engage with environmental justice communities, tribal nations, and tribal environmental professionals on the proposed GHG rules for fossil-fuel fired power plants, EPA will host two separate informational webinars. Each webinar will provide an overview of the proposed rules, information on how to effectively engage in the regulatory process, and an opportunity to participate in the Q&A session. Although all webinars are open to the public, these will include information tailored to the target audience noted in the registration information below.

These webinars are FREE and open to the public and will be held using the Zoom platform. A toll-free call-in number will also be available. Additional information about the rulemakings, including how to register for the webinars, can be found on EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/greenhouse-gas-standards-and-guidelines-fossil-fuel-fired-power.



Date: June 6, 2023

Time: 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

1:00 pm (Central Time)

12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

11:00 am (Pacific Time)

Targeted Audience: Tribal Environmental Professionals and Environmental Justice Communities and Organizations

Registration: Click HERE to register

Date: June 7, 2023

Time: 5:30 pm (Eastern Time)

4:30 pm (Central Time)

3:30 pm (Mountain Time)

2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Targeted Audience: Environmental Justice Communities and Organizations and members of Tribal Nations

Registration: Click HERE to register



REMINDER! FREE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCE for tribes! The Environmental Protection Network (EPN), comprised of over 550 EPA alumni staff and volunteers, provides free consulting services, organizational support, and help accessing foundation and government funding.

AIEO and EPN have an MOU that is focused on helping tribes to address their climate adaptation priorities. Tribes have told us that technical assistance to address their climate priorities is much needed, and ranges from interpreting scientific data or requests for proposals to developing vulnerability assessments and integrating climate resiliency into an infrastructure project. EPN can help, at no cost to the tribe!

And while climate is a much needed and welcomed focus area, the great news is that the technical assistance available from EPN isn’t limited to climate adaptation and this MOU!

If you would like to have an EPN representative speak at one of your events, please reach out to Davina Resto, EPN Community Outreach Associate, at Davina.Resto@environmentalprotectionnetwork.org

Tribes may directly request technical assistance, or more information about ways to work with EPN, by contacting Davina or completing this request form. This email was sent to tribal participants in the March 1 EPA/EPN Climate Connections webinar. We will be planning our 2nd webinar soon! If you have specific topic ideas related to tribal climate priorities, please let us know.


REMINDER! New EPA Grants Trainings Available!

EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is pleased to announce the availability of several new and updated training resources for grant applicants and recipients.

Reminder: Stay tuned to EPA’s Grants Webinars schedule to register for upcoming webinars and access recordings, helpful links, and FAQs.

If you have any questions regarding these trainings or have suggestions for new training or webinar topics, please send an email to EPA_Grants_Info@epa.gov


REMINDER! Wildfire Smoke Air Monitoring Equipment Available for Loan to State, Local, and Tribal Agencies

In 2021, EPA’s Office of Research and Development initiated the Wildfire Smoke Air Monitoring Response Technology (WSMART) Pilot, loaning air monitoring technologies to state, local, and tribal air organizations to support supplemental air monitoring in areas affected by wildfire smoke and with observational data coverage gaps.

During 2023, this pilot technology loan program will continue to provide several technology types – including stationary air sensor systems and a compact vehicle add-on mobile monitoring system (VAMMS) – to state and local air agency monitoring staff and professional tribal air quality staff members upon request.

The equipment is not available for general public use.

For more information and access to the loan request webform, please visit the WSMART website: https://www.epa.gov/air-sensor-toolbox/wildfire-smoke-air-monitoring-response-technology-wsmart-pilot

For technical questions, please contact smoketech@epa.gov.


REMINDER! April 12, 2023, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced new, more ambitious proposed standards to further reduce harmful air pollutant emissions from light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty vehicles starting with model year 2027 in two separate regulatory actions:

Given the potential interest by Tribal governments, the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) we will be offering virtual information sessions on the proposed rule through upcoming regularly scheduled calls hosted by the National Tribal Air Association. If your Tribe has questions about the proposed rule or would like to engage in individualized government-to-government consultation with EPA, please contact Jessie Mroz at (202)-564-1094 or email at Mroz.Jessica@epa.gov.

More information on these proposals can be found on EPA’s website: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-proposes-strongest-ever-pollution-standards-cars-and


REMINDER! Tribal Nominations for the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites tribal nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Approximately ten vacancies are expected to be filled by Dec 2023.

GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463.  GNEB was created in 1992 by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, Public Law 102-532, 7 USC Section 5404.  Implementing authority was delegated to the Administrator of EPA under Executive Order 12916.  The GNEB is charged by statute with submitting an annual report to the President on the need for implementation of environmental and infrastructure projects within states of the US contiguous to Mexico.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

  • Representative of a sector or group that helps to shape border-region environmental policy or represents a group that is affected by border region environmental policy
  • Has extensive professional knowledge and experience with the issues that the GNEB examines (i.e., environmental and infrastructure issues), including the bi-national dimension of these issues
  • Demonstrates senior level experience that will bring a new and relevant approach to the board’s deliberations
  • Ability to work in a consensus building process with a wide range of representatives from diverse constituencies
  • Ability to contribute approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the GNEB’s activities, including the attendance at meetings and participating in the development of advice letters/reports
  • Demonstrate the potential for active and constructive involvement in the GNEB’s work

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/03/20/2023-05596/request-for-nominations-to-the-good-neighbor-environmental-board


REMINDER! The White House: FACT SHEET: How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps Tribal Communities

By signing the Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden is delivering on his promise to meet the climate crisis and build an economy that works for working families, including Tribal nations and American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian families. The Inflation Reduction Act lowers prescription drug costs, health care costs, and energy costs. It’s the most aggressive action we have taken to confront the climate crisis. It’ll lower the deficit and ask the super wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share. And no one making under $400,000 per year will pay a penny more in taxes. Click Here for FACT SHEET.


Climate Change / Energy

NEW! Register Now for the EPA Climate Change and Children’s Health and Well-Being in the U.S. Report Webinar

On April 25, 2023, EPA announced a new national-scale, multi-sector report that showcases some of the ways children are especially vulnerable to a variety of health effects from climate change due to physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social factors.


EPA will host a public webinar on Monday, May 22, 2023, from 2:30 – 3:30pm E.T. to discuss the report. Register now. Participants can submit questions in advance by emailing them to cira@epa.gov.


The peer-reviewed report quantifies projected health effects associated with extreme heat, air quality, changing seasons, flooding, and infectious diseases. Where possible, the analyses consider the extent to which health effects disproportionately fall on children who are Black, Indigenous and people of color [BIPOC], low income, without health insurance, and/or have limited English proficiency.

To access the report and associated materials go to the Climate Change and Children’s Health and Well-Being in the United States Report webpage.

For additional information read the EPA press release: EPA Releases Report Showing Health Impacts of Climate Change on Children in the United States.


NEW! Event: White House Council on Native American Affairs 2023 Tribal and Indigenous Climate Speaker Series – Indigenous Led Community Relocation: A Case Study – Akiak Native Community

Date: May 30, 2023

Time: 2-3pm EDT

Registration Link: Eventbrite Link – Registration Required


The White House Council on Native American Affairs Climate Adaptation Subcommittee invites you to join a panel of Senior Administration and Indian Country leaders for a discussion of Indigenous Led Community Relocation. The speakers will share lessons learned from their experiences in protecting and relocating their village from the changing climate. The speaker bios are in the attached flyer. This event will be recorded.


This is the fourth webinar in the 2023 Tribal and Indigenous Climate Speaker Series hosted by the White House Council of Native American Affairs Climate Adaptation Subcommittee. This monthly series is designed to educate federal agency personnel about consulting and coordinating with Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiians, and other Indigenous Peoples in our combined effort to combat the climate crises. Each webinar will feature Indigenous speakers and/or federal agencies to share knowledge and experience beneficial to federal employees working on climate adaptation priorities.


The U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) has published an enhanced National Map of Landfill Gas (LFG) Energy Projects and Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.  The newly published version incorporates layers for Tribal lands and environmental justice demographic data so that users can identify areas where LFG energy projects may warrant additional consideration, analysis, or outreach to surrounding communities.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/lmop/lmop-national-map


Toxics/Mobile Sources

NEW! EPA Tools & Resources Training Webinar: PFAS Analytic Tools

Thursday, June 1, 2023

3-4 pm ET

To support EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap, EPA is compiling and integrating a collection of data that can be used to evaluate what is known about PFAS manufacture, release, and occurrence in communities. As part of this effort, EPA is integrating data available nationally with other information from states, Tribes, and localities that are testing for PFAS pursuant to their own regulatory or voluntary data collection initiatives. The data included in the PFAS Analytic Tools have a wide range of location-specific data and, in general, are based on national scope and readily accessible, public information repositories. The PFAS Analytic Tools make it easier to evaluate the collective PFAS information from 11 different databases – the application integrates these datasets into an interactive, web-based software. Consolidating all these data sources in one searchable platform will help the public, researchers, and other stakeholders better understand potential PFAS sources in their communities, including potential exposure pathways in communities with environmental justice concerns. This training webinar will provide an overview of the PFAS Analytic Tools and a tutorial on how to use them.

Register and join the PFAS Analytic Tools training webinar!


REMINDER! The Green Transportation & Summit Expo (GTSE)

Tacoma, WA (Aug 22-24). For a three-day pass for tribes to attend GTSE (travel and lodging costs not included), use conference code: DERA-TRIBES For more information, go to:  https://www.gtsummitexpo.com/. To be added to the Mobile Source Workgroup, send an email to Carolyn.kelly@nau.edu


REMINDER! The National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 24-28, 2023

The National Transportation in Indian Country Conference is the one-stop-shop transportation conference FOR TRIBES, BY TRIBES. NTICC offers access to relevant training and an opportunity for Tribal transportation professionals to engage with federal officials and their Tribal transportation peers regarding Tribal transportation issues and challenges.


​NTICC provides information and resources for all who are committed to improving the transportation infrastructure of Indian Country and the safety of those who live, work, and travel the roadways of Alaska Native and Native American lands.   For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nticc.org/


REMINDER!  EPA’s Office of Emergency Management is offering training that would be of interest to people working on air quality issues related to emergency situations.

Overview of Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure and Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Software Suite Webinar for Tribal Partners

Participants should only register for one of the five offerings below, as all sessions will cover the same material. Please note whether times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Date Time Registration
August 24, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT Register here
September 7, 2023 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT Register here
September 22, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT Register here

This hour and a half, EPA-hosted session will provide a basic overview of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure oil spill prevention program and how the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software suite can be used to help communities prepare for and respond to chemical and oil spills. The session will also include a question-and-answer segment where participants can interact with the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure national program manager and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act program coordinator that oversees the CAMEO software suite.


Opportunity to provide input: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a proposed rulemaking to review the Clean Air Act (CAA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission Guidelines (EG) for the Large Municipal Waste Combustors (LMWCs) source category (40 CFR part 60 subpart Eb, and 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cb, respectively). Pursuant to the EPA’s Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes, the Agency is initiating pre-proposal consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes to obtain input on the upcoming action to update regulatory requirements for the Large Municipal Waste Combustors (LMWCs).  Tribes may submit OFFICE OF AIR QUALITY PLANNING AND STANDARDS written comments at https://www.regulations.gov/  Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2022-0920, any time during the pre-proposal tribal consultation process and until June 6, 2023. If there are any questions, please email Charlene Spells at Spells.Charlene@epa.gov Additional background information about the air regulations for LMWCs can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/large-municipal-waste-combustors-lmwc-new-source-performance


Indoor Air Quality

REMINDER! Information Session for Wildfire Smoke Preparedness in Community Buildings Grant Program Recording and Q&A Now Available

EPA hosted an information session for potential applicants to the Wildfire Smoke Preparedness in Community Buildings grant program on April 10. During the webinar, EPA provided an overview of the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the application process.

The webinar recording is now posted on the funding opportunity webpage along with the slides from the webinar. Questions and answers from the webinar have also been added to the current Questions and Answers document on the webpage.


Notice of Intent – DOE Grants for Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities – $80 million

Deadline: Available until expended. Eligible Entities: Consortium of One Local Education Agency and one or more Schools, Non-Profits, For-Profits, and Community Partners


This funding is the first tranche of funding in a $500 million investment, to make clean energy improvements in K-12 public schools. Funds will empower school districts to make upgrades that will lower facilities’ energy costs and improve student learning environments. Visit HERE for more information.


Be sure to subscribe to CodeTalk, HUD’s Office of Native American Programs newsletter, for webinars and opportunities!

Environmental Justice

REMINDER! Deadlines Extended: Request for Applications and Request for Information

EPA has extended the deadline for one Request for Applications (RFA). Deadline has been extended on the RFA to encourage additional applications from eligible entities.


The new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking (EJ TCGM) Program’s RFA is open until May 31, 2023.


To learn more about Environmental Justice grants and technical assistance, visit: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-grants-funding-and-technical-assistance.


For up-to-date information about Environmental Justice funding opportunities, events, and webinars, subscribe to EPA’s Environmental Justice listserv by sending a blank email to: join-epa-ej@lists.epa.gov. Follow us on Twitter: @EPAEnvJustice


Para recibir información actualizada sobre oportunidades de financiamiento de Justicia Ambiental, eventos y seminarios web, suscríbase al listserve de Justicia Ambiental de la EPA enviando un mensaje en blanco de correo electrónico a: join-epa-ej@lists.epa.gov. Síganos en Twitter: @EPAEnvJustice.




NEW! The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) is hiring for two positions!


  1. Events Manager (NAU Job ID#: 607212)

The ITEP Events Manager position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of event planning and delivery for several in-person, hybrid, and virtual conferences and events. These events can vary in size from 50 to 2,000 participants and take place in various locations throughout the United States. The Events Manager works under the supervision of the ITEP Co-Director, and collaborates closely with other ITEP managers, external partners, NAU departments, and outside vendors to ensure all tasks are executed according to schedule, and in accordance with ITEP and NAU policies and procedures.

  • Salary range: $54,779 – 68,474 (DOE)
  • Full-time, benefits
  • EXTENDED Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


  1. Sr. Community Program Coordinator (NAU Job ID#: 607202)

The Community Program Coordinator, Senior will support various tasks for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) which provides training and educational outreach for tribal environmental staff all over the United States, including Alaska. Through various projects and services, the AIAQTP accomplishes the following goals:

  • Provide high-quality, up-to-date professional development that is immediately relevant to tribes
  • Assist in the building of tribal capacity for air quality management
    • Salary range: $47,634 – $59,542 (DOE)
    • Full-time, benefits
    • Deadline to apply: Monday, May 22, 2023


REMINDER! The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has a dynamic Environmental Programs and currently has job vacancies. The Tribe is seeking environmental professionals in Air Quality and Water Quality. The Tribe offers exciting pay and benefits packages and currently has full-time positions available in:


Water Quality Specialist – Animas River Coordinator

Air Quality Planner

Senior Air Quality Compliance Specialist

Assistant Environmental Programs Manager


To learn more about these positions including job duties and requirements and salary opportunities, go to https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/careers/ and search for these position postings under Careers Portal – Southern Ute Tribal Government.


REMINDER! Your Opportunity to Restore Ecosystems and Connect Cultures!

Anticipated term June 2023-May 2025


Request for Proposals – Seeking one individual or firm to assume responsibilities of the MCDA Executive Director, subcontracting with additional capacity as needed to fulfill administrative, funding, and programmatic needs of the organization for the next two years.


An exciting opportunity to enhance the development of the Maliseet Community Development Authority as a leader in regional ecosystem management, while spearheading its signature Wolastoq-St. John Watershed Restoration Program. MCDA_RFP-3-27-23.pdf (maliseets.net)


REMINDER! The Department of Religious Studies is hiring an 1855 professorship in the position of Great Lakes Anishinaabe Knowledge, Spiritualities, and Cultural Practices.

Applications closes: July 8, 2024, | Click Here for Full Job Description

The Department of Religious Studies is hiring an 1855 professorship in the position of Great Lakes Anishinaabe Knowledge, Spiritualities, and Cultural Practices. We seek a scholar with a focus on Anishinaabe communities, and more broadly, Great Lakes Native American cultures. The scholar’s areas of interest should include Anishinaabe worldviews, ceremony, knowledge systems, and communal cultural practices in the context of colonialisms, resistance, resiliency, and sovereignty. The specific area of focus is open with preference to knowledge of traditions of Anishinaabe communities, and more broadly, Native American communities. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work and teaching complement cross-university strengths in environmental practices, North American Indigenous Law, communal health and wellness, and social justice. In keeping with our land-grant mission, we seek a scholar engaged in public-facing conversations about how contemporary Native American knowledge, language, spiritualities, and culture can inform larger discussions around law, public policy, land stewardship, resource management, community health and wellbeing, Tribal governance, museum collections and archives, and environmental justice movements.




Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

NEW! Quality Assurance Training

The 2023 Quality Assurance Virtual Event hosted by the EPA’s Office of Mission Support, is July 24-26, 2023 (9:30 AM -1:30 PM PDT). It’s online for ease of attendance. With speakers, discussion opportunities and training. The optional pre-event has facilitated breakout sessions for 1) States/Territories/Interstates, 2) Tribes, and 3) EPA organizations so we can better understand your priorities and challenges.


If interested in attending you must register at this link. You will be prompted to register for the main session separately from the individual caucus sessions. After registering, our contractor support will make sure you have the calendar invitations with Zoom logistics on your calendar. This may take a few days. If you have any questions about this process feel free to reach out to mramirez@rossstrategic.com. The deadline to register is July 19th.


EPA Resource: EPA’s Tracking Matrix

            Does your community have climate goals to meet or brownfields that might be suitable for solar? Check out EPA’s Tracking Matrix to learn more about geothermal, biomass, solar and wind installations being built on contaminated lands across the country. EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative 2022 Tracking Matrix shows current trends in the development of renewable energy on contaminated lands. Project examples include successful community solar projects in Nashville, Tennessee; Schenectady County, New York; Morrisville, Vermont; and Spanish Fork, Utah.


Department of Energy (DOE) Announces $32 Million to Reduce Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector

All interested applicants must register and submit application materials through Fed Connectregister here for an account. All questions must be submitted through FedConnect.


Climate Change/Energy

NEW! Climate Change Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Update

As part of the Administration’s commitment to move quickly to implement the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), EPA is sharing some additional information about initial thinking and timing on phase 2 of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG). The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants program is a $5 billion, two-phase grant program that kicked off on March 1, 2023, when EPA issued the program guidance for the first phase of the program – the $250 million planning grants phase. Phase 2 will consist of $4.6 billion in implementation grants that will be awarded through a competitive process. To ensure compliance with grants competition rules, we have posted some updates about scope and timing of phase 2 to our website. These updates include:

  • Anticipated timing of all implementation grant details (NOFO): The notices of funding opportunity for the second phase of the program – the $4.6 billion implementation grants phase – are under development and anticipated for release in September 2023.
  • Potential for two competitions for implementation grants: We intend to hold two competitions for the $4.6 billion in funding for the Climate Pollution Reduction implementation grants – a general competition, and a competition only for tribes and territories.
    • For the general competition, EPA is looking to fund a wide variety of measures and is planning to fund individual grants ranging anywhere between $2 million and $500 million. These applications would likely be due on or around April 1, 2024.
    • For the tribes and territories competition, we’re looking at funding measures with individual grants in the $1 million to $25 million range. These applications would likely be due on or around April 30, 2024.
    • For both competitions, we anticipate having funding tiers that will facilitate competition between comparably sized applications.
  • Priority Climate Action Plan due date for tribes and territories: EPA is extending the deadline for Priority Climate Action Plans for tribes and territories to April 1, 2024 (rather than March 1, 2024). This reflects the additional time we anticipate for applications in the tribes and territories implementation grant competition (likely due on or around April 30, 2024).
    • Note that tribes and territories that want to participate in the general competition will still need to meet the March 1 plan deadline.

Further, as we start to receive Priority Climate Action Plans under phase 1 of the program in 2024, EPA will make them available on our web site.

More information on the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants

Sign up for notifications about the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants

More information about how to register to apply for a grant


Climate Nexus is dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy. For climate updates, visit and sign up for climatenexus.org

Toxics/Mobile Sources

U.S. Department of Energy: Electric Vehicles with Final Assembly in North America

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Public Law 117-169) amended the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit (IRC 30D), now known as the Clean Vehicle Credit, and added a new requirement for final assembly in North America that took effect on August 17, 2022. For more details on the credit, see Electric Vehicle (EV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Tax Credit. Also see the full list of alternative fuel vehicle incentives amended or created by the Inflation Reduction Act. Click Here for more information.


Indoor Air Quality

Resource for Healthy Indoor Air Quality:

Check out the website https://forhealth.org/ for many resources related to healthy homes and indoor air quality!


The Tribal Healthy Homes Network (THHN) has a webpage dedicated to Funding Opportunities! Additionally, THHN has developed a Funding Guide for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.

Environmental Justice


Newsletters, Calendars, and Recorded Webinars


Join NCAI’s Climate Action email listserv here!


Sign up for the Alliance for Green Heat’s newsletter!


To view and/or receive ITEP’s Climate Change newsletter, click here!


ITEP’s Tribal Air Quality Media Space Channel. Recent webinars include an Introduction to Air Quality Programs, Emissions Inventories, Remote Professional Assistance, and Woodstoves in Indian Country. Older classics include a series on Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke, Tribal Air Program and Grants, Data Management, and the Clean Air Act.


ITEP’s Tribes and Climate Change Calendar includes conferences, trainings, webinars, and other events related to Tribes and climate change.


ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program newsletter, Native Voices


EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series

Click here to see all past and upcoming webinars hosted by the EPA.


Information for IRA and other competitive grants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DsRrod7XKk


EPA Rules from the Federal Register can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/agencies/environmental-protection-agency


EPA’s Community and Tribal Programs Group – Tribal Actions and Events calendar

This calendar is also linked under the “Tribal Air and Climate Resources” webpage under the “Policy and Planning” heading available at https://www.epa.gov/tribal-air. The purpose of the calendar is to ensure that our Tribal partners are kept apprised of EPA activities that are relevant to them. If you have any questions about the calendars or any recommendations on how EPA can improve upon the calendars, please do not hesitate to reach out to Amanda Kaufman (Kaufman.Amanda@epa.gov) with any feedback.


To view and/or receive ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program newsletter, Native Voices, click here!


Recorded Webinars

          Looking for more information check out the Tribal Air Quality Media Space Channel. Recent webinars include an Introduction to Air Quality Programs, Emissions Inventories, Remote Professional Assistance, and Woodstoves in Indian Country. Older classics include a series on Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke, Tribal Air Program and Grants, Data Management, and the Clean Air Act.



The EPA OAQPS AirKnowledge team is pleased to announce the availability of new AirKnowledge air quality training materials!


The new materials include:

  • A self-instructional (e-learning) course that explains the health and environmental effects of air pollutants,
  • A self-instructional (e-learning) course that explains key concepts relating to air toxics, and
  • A self-instructional (e-learning) course that provides an overview of the framework for human health air toxics risk assessments.


The e-learning courses are available to tribal, state, and local air agencies through the AirKnowledge Learning Management System (LMS) at: https://epaapti.csod.com/client/epaapti/default.aspx. To access the courses on the LMS, tribal, state and local air agencies and tribal and multijurisdictional organizations can register, log in, and refer to the “What’s New” section on the home page.  The materials are available to all other users on the AirKnowledge website: airknowledge.gov


These new materials replace the following legacy courses, which have been retired from the AirKnowledge inventory:

  • BASC106-SI: Basic Concepts in Environmental Sciences (formerly APTI RE-100)
  • TOXC101-CI: Introduction to Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) (formerly APTI 400)
  • TOXC103-SI: Risk-Based Air Toxics (formerly APTI SI-401)
  • TOXC104-SI: Introduction to Air Pollution Toxicology (formerly APTI SI-300)
  • TOXC107-SI: Risk Assessment (formerly APTI SI-400A)


In addition, two legacy courses for new hires have been retired from the AirKnowledge inventory:

  • BASC101-SI: Introduction to Air Pollution Control (formerly APTI SI-105) – this course has been replaced by the new e-learning course for new hires BASC198-SI: Air Quality Management Under the Clean Air Act; available now!
  • BASC197-CI: Principles and Practices of Air Pollution (formerly APTI 452) – this course will be replaced by a new instructor-led course for new hires BASC199-CI/VI: Air Quality Management Under the Clean Air Act; new course expected by 2024!


Updated Version of EPA’s Air Sensor Guidebook Released!

The U.S. EPA updated the popular Air Sensor Guidebook, originally published in 2014. The refreshed version, called “The Enhanced Air Sensor Guidebook”, includes updated content and new topics that incorporate best practices, current knowledge, and recommendations to guide the use of air sensors.


The Guidebook can help sensor users:

  • Learn the basics of air quality, air pollution monitoring, and air sensors
  • Plan and conduct an air quality monitoring study
  • Select, setup, and use air sensors
  • Analyze, interpret, communicate, and act on results
  • Understand the basics of air sensor performance

Find out more and access the Enhanced Air Sensor Guidebook.

Visit EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox.

Find out more about EPA’s Air Research.


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NTAA NEWS: Week of May 8 – 12, 2023


Thanks to everyone who attended the 2023 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality! We hope you met new people, learned new things, and had a safe trip home.

Please take a few minutes and provide the NTFAQ organizers with some feedback by Friday, May 19th. Each year the planning team spends hours planning and preparing a spectacular event. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

If your tribe is interested in co-hosting next year’s event, let us know at NTFAQ@nau.edu

Featured Photo: NTAA EC with Ale Nunez, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mobile Sources (EPA)


TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 8 – 12, 2023

Top Stories

GT – EPA Announces New Grants for Zero-Emissions School Buses

EPA – EPA Releases Framework for the Implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

NACAA Washington Update – This Week in Review

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/Tribes News

KTLA – Air quality improving in California, but still worst in the nation, report shows

NEWSNATION  – EPA denies approving burn after Ohio train derailment

WTOC – EPA announces national effort to improve emissions at ports

Toxics/Mobile Sources

E&E  – EPA power plant rules are coming. Are utilities ready?

The Hill – Top environment Democrat to release permitting proposal focused on emissions cuts

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Justice

E&E – Biden notched big climate wins. Can his campaign sell that?

NPR – 5 ways to improve your indoor air quality



Our mission is to advance air quality management policies and programs, consistent with the needs, interests, and unique legal status of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.

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