Developing and Implementing Tribal Solid Waste Codes
As part of our Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program (TSWEAP), we are very excited to begin offering a special project focused on assisting tribes in creating and implementing solid waste codes. This special project is being conducted with funding from USEPA's American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO), and in partnership with the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET).
As part of this project we will be conducting the following activities:
• Deliver two courses in 2014 for up to 20 employees of federally-recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Villages. Each course will feature tribal professionals and a lawyer specializing in tribal code development as instructors. Attendees at these courses will learn how to conduct initial research, craft new codes or refine existing ones, navigate jurisdictional issues, work effectively with tribal elected leaders, solicit community feedback, and successfully implement the finalized codes.
• Following each course, attendees will have access to tribal mentors and ITEP staff to assist them in crafting their codes, as well as a free hour long phone consultation with a legal expert.
• A variety of resources, including legal research assistance, helpful documents, and examples of existing tribal codes will also be made available to tribal professionals.
Meet Our Staff:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager, TSWEAP and TWRAPTodd.Barnell@nau.edu
Jennifer Williams, Program Coordinator Sr, TWRAP, TRIAP, and NTTCPJennifer.Williams@nau.edu
John Mead, Program Coordinator Sr, TWRAP, TRIAP, and NTTCPJohn.Mead@nau.edu
Roberta Tohannie, Program Coordinator, TSWEAP, TWRAP, and NNWDPRoberta.Tohannie@nau.edu
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We are currently recruiting tribal professionals with experience in creating and implementing effective tribal solid waste codes. If you are interested in being considered, please contact Todd Barnell at Todd.Barnell@nau.edu
In order to insure that course attendees are fully dedicated to not only complete tribal solid waste codes but also implement them, all applicants will be asked to submit a resolution from their tribal government stating they will approve their codes within two years of completing the course. Those individuals selected for the course will have their lodging and per diem covered. We will also offer a few travel scholarships for their attendees who need assistance with their airline expenses.
For more information on this project as well as the course application, please visit our website at:
ITEP Begins Working with the National Tribal Toxics Council
The National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) is a USEPA Tribal Partnership Group that is focused on providing tribes with an opportunity for greater input on issues related to toxic chemicals and pollution prevention. This council was officially established in January of 2012, and its members are committed to giving tribes a forum for providing advice on the development of EPA's chemical management and pollution prevention programs that affect tribes. Currently, the chair of the council is Dianne Barton with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the vice-chair is Fred Corey with Aroostook Band of Micmacs. The council holds monthly meetings, on the third Tuesday of the month, at 11:00 am Pacific Time. You can learn more about the NTTC by visiting their website at tribaltoxics.org. On this website you can also contact the council and sign up for their listserv.
This fall, ITEP began working with the NTTC, providing support for the administration, research, and outreach activities of the council. Given the uniqueness of tribal cultures, communities and environmental concerns, the members of NTTC seek to help USEPA better tailor and more efficiently address a variety of issues, including preventing poisoning from lead paint, expanding pollution prevention and safer chemical initiatives in tribal communities, as well as more effectively evaluate unique chemical exposures on tribal lands.
We are very excited to be working with such an exceptional group of tribal professionals. If you would like more information on this program, please contact either John Mead (928-707-0361 or John.Mead@nau.edu
) or Jennifer Williams (928-523-0673 or Jennifer.Williams@nau.edu
Resources and Announcements
Tribal P2 Network Focusing on Renewable Energy Webinars for 2014
The Tribal P2 Network has been conducting a very informative and exciting series of webinars on pollution prevention activities taking place in tribal communities. In 2013 they focused on Green Casinos, and in 2014 they will be focusing their attention on Renewable Energy. They are interested in hearing from you on potential topics. Please visit their website at http://tribalp2.org/needs-assessment/
to share your ideas.
And if you haven't visited their excellent new website, then you really need to pop over to:http://tribalp2.org/
Article on OSWER Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus' Trip to Santa Clara Pueblo
As part of OSWER Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus' participation in the 2013 Tribal Lands and environment Forum, he participated in a special tour of the Santa Clara Pueblo. He was joined by many tribal environmental professionals, tribal leaders, and USEPA Region 6 Administrator Ron Curry. He's posted an interesting blog post about his trip that you can read here:http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2013/11/ ... age-month/
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement: Deadline February 18, 2014
The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. To learn more about this funding opportunity visit their website at:www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportun ... pId=247934
Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs
Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. This document provides guidance that will enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2014 section 128(a) funds. Requests for funding are due January 31, 2014. For more information and to view the guidance, please visit:www.epa.gov/brownfields/state_tribal/fund_guide.htm
For more information on EPA's Brownfields Program please visit:
Brownfields Program: www.epa.gov/brownfields/
ACRES Information: www.epa.gov/acres/
Cleanups in My Community: www.epa.gov/cimc
FY14 Environmental Workforce Development And Job Training Grant Guidelines
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. Closing date: February 13, 2014.www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-14-01.pdf
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Tribal Waste and Response Assistance Program (TWRAP)
TWRAP is a program focused on assisting tribes with all waste management, brownfields, USTs, contaminated sites, and response programs. This program is funded by the USEPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program (TSWEAP)
TSWEAP's focus is providing training and assistance to tribes working on solid and hazardous waste management.
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