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date12/24/08

QA EYE Newsletter December Edition

The December edition of the QA EYE Newsletter is posted at - http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/qanews.html


date12/18/08

EPA to make $3 million available to reduce pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will make nearly $3 million available in 2009 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment program. CARE is a community-based program that builds partnerships to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources, according to the EPA.

The agency will award CARE funding at two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.

Applications for the CARE grants are due March 16. Eligible applicants include county and local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations and universities. The EPA will conduct three conference calls on Feb. 3, 24 and 27 for prospective applicants to ask questions about the application process.

Additional information about the CARE program is available at www.epa.gov/care .


date12/17/08

2005 NEI State Point Source Files with Lead Data

2005 NEI state point source files with lead data have been posted at: ftp://ftp.epa.gov/EmisInventory/2005_nei/lead_summaries/

Each zipped ACCESS file contains 3 tables:

  • README - recommend that users read this first
  • Facility sum data with TRI comparison
  • 2005 NEI stack level data - this contains corrections received prior to December 2008

If states are proposing corrections, they will need to use 2005 NEI stack level data table. Columns have been added for reviewers to place corrections. Documentation should be provided with corrections. A memo will be posted this week on CHIEF website about lead.


date12/16/08

The 2009 Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop will be held in R5’s Chicago Office the week of June 8-11.

The workshop will provide information on : community scale ambient air toxics monitoring projects including progress and results; national air toxics trends information; technical issues including addressing the MDL issues. Two training session will be offered on Monday June 8 - an all day class on air toxics data analysis and a half day class on using NATA 2002. The actual conference will begin Tuesday June 8 at 8 am and conclude on Thursday June 11 at noon.
The workshop is open to all. Please use this website for registration, agenda and hotel information: https://secure.z-techcorp.com/cmt/
If you have additional questions regarding this workshop please contact Barbara Driscoll at driscoll.barbara@epa.gov or (919) 541-1051.


date12/11/08

MANAGEMENT OF TRIBAL AIR PROGRAMS AND GRANTS (Level 2), Kansas City, Missouri,
March 17-20, 2009

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration):  January 28, 2009
Download application form here [PreReg_MGMT.pdf, 8 pgs]

Course Description:  This course provides an overview of the administrative and management skills needed to operate a tribal air quality program.
Topics include:
•    The Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule (TAR)
•    Elements in a typical tribal air program
•    Developing a grant work plan
•    Grant management & budgeting
•    Personnel management
•    Working with contractors
•    Funding sources for an air quality program
•    Participation in the policy process

Who should attend:  This course is designed for environmental professionals responsible for managing tribal air programs and grants.  Applicants must have successfully completed ITEP’s Introduction to Tribal Air Quality course or have equivalent background or experience.
Course Structure and Approach:  This course is designed as a highly interactive training.  There are lectures and discussions with visual aids, but the emphasis is on small-group work.  Groups develop staffing strategies, budgets, and work plans for a hypothetical tribal air program.
How to Apply for the Course:  Read all enclosed information carefully.  Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration.  Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information.  The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants.  Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible.  Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.  
Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 14 registrants.  ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.
Academic Credit:  This training course may be taken for academic credit.  For additional information about academic credit options, please refer to the enclosed “Receiving Academic Credit for Courses Offered by the American Indian Air Quality Training Program.”
Training Course Costs:  Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by Northern Arizona University and the US Environmental Protection Agency and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Reimbursement forms must be submitted 10 business days after the end of the course. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant.  Stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants.  Applications for stipends are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and stipends are awarded based on availability of funds.
Travel and Hotel Arrangements:  Your hotel reservations will be made by NAU.  Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course.  Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course.  Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information.  Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.
Additional Responsibilities:  Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion.  If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred. 

***Excessive cancellations or poor attendance will jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.***


date12/09/08

AIR QUALITY COMPUTATIONS (Level 1) Flagstaff, Arizona; March 2-6, 2009

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration) : January 12, 2009
Download application form here [PreReg_COMP.pdf, 7 pgs]

Course Description: This course provides an understanding of the skills needed to work with air quality measurements.
Topics include:
• Arithmetic computations in air quality
• Metric system
• Significant figures and rounding
• Units conversion
• Basic statistics
• Problem solving
• Volume, temperature, and pressure
• Creating and interpreting graphs of air quality data
• Calibration and slope
• Bias and precision
• Percent and percentile
• Exponents
• Working with Excel

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for tribal environmental personnel who have limited experience in air quality data computations. This course is a pre-requisite for ITEP’s “Air Pollution Technology (TECH)” course and is recommended for those working on the technical side of air programs including: quality assurance/quality control, data management, and technical-report writing. Applicants should complete ITEP’s Introduction to Tribal Air Quality or have a basic familiarity with air quality topics before attending this course. Attendees will be required to complete pre-course work prior to the course.

Course Structure and Approach: This course takes a “learn-by-doing” approach. Brief lectures will be interspersed with activities in which participants practice the skills introduced during the lectures. Each participant will have access to a calculator and/or computer as needed during the practice sessions. There will be homework each evening during the course.

How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully. Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information. The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants. Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible. Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.
Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 10 registrants. ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.

Training Course Costs: Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by Northern Arizona University and the US Environmental Protection Agency and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant. However, stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants. Stipends are awarded based on availability of funds and participants are encouraged to apply. Reimbursement forms must be submitted 10 business days after the end of the course.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements: Your hotel reservations will be made by NAU. Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course. Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information. Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.

Additional Responsibilities: Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred.

**Excessive cancellations or poor attendance will jeopardize eligibility for future courses.**


date11/24/08

National Air Quality - Status and Trends Through 2007, Report

Thank you for all your support and assistance with preparing this year's air quality trends report. The report is now available on the following website.
http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/2008/index.html

Many changes were made, as we went through the multiple reviews. I hope you are happy with the results. Please notify me immediately, if you find any errors, as we are in the process of preparing the document for GPO printing. Ellen Baldridge


MERCURY: Researchers find quick way to test for toxicant in fish (11/20/2008)

Sara Goodman, Greenwire reporter
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a quick way to determine if mercury is present in fish or dental fillings, which they say could allow individuals to test for the chemical on their own.
A fluorescent substance glows bright green when it comes into contact with oxidized mercury, the researchers report in the current online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society . The intensity of the glow indicates the amount of mercury present.
"Our method could be used in the fish market or the dentist office," said Kazunori Koide, a chemistry professor and lead study researcher, in a statement. "We have developed a reliable indicator for mercury that a person could easily and safely use at home."
Researchers took a piece of salmon about the size of a fingertip and oxidized it in water mixed with a chlorine solution similar to household bleach. They then added an alkyne solution and the mixture glowed bright green.
This method is different from other mercury indicators because it withstands the oxidation process mercury samples must undergo prior to testing, Koide said. The type of mercury found in most fish and dental amalgams, methyl mercury, must be converted into a safer variety of mercury for testing with an oxidizing agent, and other fluorescent detectors are often not compatible with oxidized samples.
Read full edition


 

date11/14/08

INTRODUCTION TO TRIBAL AIR QUALITY (Level 1) February 3-6, 2009 Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration):  December 15, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_INTRO.pdf, 7 pgs]

Course Description:  This is an entry-level course designed to provide an understanding of the importance of clean air for the protection of the total environment as well as human health.

Topics include:
•    The concept of pH
•    Criteria pollutants
•    National Ambient Air Quality Standards
•    Air Toxics
•    Using a particulate matter air sampler
•    Major Clean Air Act provisions & their application to tribes
•    Climate change
•    Components of a tribal air program

Who should attend:  This is a course for tribal environmental personnel who are new to air quality issues or are interested in learning the basics of air quality management.  It is geared to the non-scientist and is appropriate for technicians, administrators, or managers.  This course is intended as a foundation for further study and is a pre-requisite for several AIAQTP training courses.

Course Structure and Approach:  This course is structured as an intensive training that uses multiple approaches to learning: large-group presentations (lecture/discussion), laboratory, and small-group activities.  There will also be reading and writing assignments each evening during the course.  The content is very basic and assumes that the participant has no prior background in science or air quality management.

How to Apply for the Course:  Read all enclosed information carefully.  Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to the TAMS Center by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration.  Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information.  The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants.  Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible.  Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.  
    Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 14 registrants.  ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.

Training Course Costs: Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by Northern Arizona University and the US Environmental Protection Agency and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes.  Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant.  However, stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants. Stipends are awarded based on availability of funds and participants are encouraged to apply.  Reimbursement forms must be submitted 10 business days after the end of the course.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements:  Your hotel reservations will be made by NAU.  Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course.  Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course.  Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information.  Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.
Additional Responsibilities:  Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion.  If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred. 

**Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.**


date11/12/08

Invitation to Participate in a National Conference Call on NCore Implementation with a Focus on Instrumentation

You are invited to participate in a conference call to discuss NCore monitoring methods. Target participants should be monitoring, quality assurance, and data management staff and managers responsible for implementing and operating NCore stations.

Date: November 25, 2008
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 Eastern Time

Draft Agenda:
1:30 - 2:30 Overview and Update of Network Status (OAQPS)

Q & A Session on the following topics:
Monitoring Methods for CO, SO2, and NOy
Network Design
Quality Assurance
AQS Reporting Issues
Meteorological Monitoring

2:30 - 4:30
Vendor Presentations with Opportunity for Q & A (Invited: Thermo-Fisher, Teledyne-API, Ecotech, Environics)

Please submit any questions regarding these specific areas, by November 14th, to Geri Dorosz at dorosz.geri@epa.gov, so we will have ample time to provide you with the most complete answers possible. Please address issues of a general nature that are potentially relevant to all participants, as opposed to agency-specific NCore questions that might be better submitted directly to OAQPS staff via email.

Call in number: 866 - 299 - 3188 - At the specified time, dial the Call-In Number. When prompted, enter your Conference Code, 9195415651, followed by #

A few logistics for the call:
- Please use one conference line per agency location to limit the number of lines in use. This will help make sure we have enough lines for everyone.
- Please do not put the call on hold as we sometimes end up with elevator music on such a large call.
- Please use your MUTE button when not talking as this helps limit noise.
- If you cannot get through, call our secretary - Linda Ferrell at (919) 541-5651 or email at: ferrell.linda@epa.gov
We look forward to your participation on this call.


date11/4/08

Air Toxics webinar to be held November 6, 2008 1-3 PM eastern time.

On Thursday, November 6 from 1-3pm East Coast time, we will be presenting a webinar on two air toxics topics from the 2007 Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop.
- The first topic will be a summary of the national air toxics data through 2006 with a focus on air toxics risk and hazard characterization analysis and a national picture on air toxics trends by Hilary Hafner with Sonoma Technology Inc.
- The second presentation will be Air Toxics in Allegheny County: Sources, Airborne Concentrations, and Human Exposure - an update by Jennifer Logue with Carnegie Mellon

To participate in the webinar - please send an email to Michael Letke - letke.michael@epa.gov



ITEP's Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center Announces:
“TRIBAL DATA TOOLBOX” (Level 3), January 27-30, 2009 Las Vegas, Nevada

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration) : December 1 , 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_TOOLBOX.pdf, 8 pgs]

Course Description: This course will provide training on the Tribal Data Toolbox , a completely free, stand-alone Microsoft Access database designed specifically for tribal air programs. The Toolbox can store and manage most air monitoring data, including criteria pollutants (both manual and continuous methods), meteorological data, QC and audit data, as well as administrative information such as personnel, site information, and equipment tracking. The Toolbox is capable of AQS data file generation, as well as many reports and charts.
Topics include:
• Entering and modifying personnel, site, and equipment data
• Entering and using Quality Control (QC) data
• Importing continuous and manual (filter) method data files
• Importing meteorological data files
• Qualifying (flagging) and invalidating data
• Generating reports and charts both as summary information and to assist you in interpreting your data
• Generating AQS formatted data files

Who should attend: This course is designed for tribal environmental professionals who are currently monitoring or collecting data for at least one criteria pollutant, or for meteorological data. A sample dataset from the participant’s monitoring equipment is required to be considered eligible for this training (see pg. 5). This is an advanced course; it is strongly recommended that applicants have completed ITEP’s Air Monitoring Data Management course prior to attending.

Course Structure and Approach: This course will include extensive hands-on computer exercises and activities as well as lectures. Participants will be asked to bring copies of recent data sets for use during class activities. Participants will be expected to have an intermediate-level working knowledge of Microsoft Windows. Although the course is structured around a Microsoft Access database, the database is form-driven and user-friendly; therefore no previous Access experience is necessary.

Pre-Requisites:
• Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or equivalent experience)
• Air Quality Computations (or equivalent experience)
• Air Pollution Technology

How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully. Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to the TAMS Center by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information. The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants. Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible. Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.
Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 10 registrants. ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.

Training Course Costs: Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by ITEP and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant. However, stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants. Stipends are awarded based on availability of funds and participants are encouraged to apply. Please submit reimbursement forms within 10 business days after the end of the course.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements: Your hotel reservations will be made by ITEP. Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course. Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information. Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.

Additional Responsibilities: Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred.

**Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.**


date10/29/08

2007 Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop webinar to be held November 6, 1-3 PM Eastern Time.

On Thursday, November 6 from 1-3pm East Coast time, we will be presenting a webinar on two air toxics topics from the 2007 Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop.
- The first topic will be a summary of the national air toxics data through 2006 with a focus on air toxics risk and hazard characterization analysis and a national picture on air toxics trends by Hilary Hafner with Sonoma Technology Inc.
- The second presentation will be Air Toxics in Allegheny County: Sources, Airborne Concentrations, and Human Exposure - an update by Jennifer Logue with Carnegie Mellon

To participate in the webinar - please send an email to Michael Letke - letke.michael@epa.gov


date10/16/08

Lead NAAQS to be signed today - tribal meeting at 2:20 Eastern Time. TIME CHANGE

It looks like the Lead NAAQS will get signed today. As in the past the Assistant Administrator tries to hold stakeholder meetings to make sure key groups have a chance to hear what's in the final rule and to ask questions. They would like to have the tribal meeting at 2:20 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The call in number will be 1-866-299-3188 Passcode 202-564-4303.
Please note that this time may change, I'll try to keep you informed along the way.
Please call in if you have an interest. If you can't call in tomorrow we can discuss this on one of our monthly calls.


date10/14/08

EPA State Clean Energy-Environment Technical Forum, Renewable Energy Certificates, October 21, 2008, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/376593020

Speakers from Maryland and North Carolina will explain how their state RPS policies affect REC markets.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

PRESENTATION MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE at: http://www.keystone.org/Public_Policy/2007_8DOCS_CLEANENERGY/2007_8DOCS.html

Questions? Email erinw@keystone.org


date10/7/08

Monthly Conference Call Meeting Minutes - Thursday, July 17, 2008

Meeting Minutes (PDF 5 PP, 50 KB)


date09/29/08

Next NTAA/EPA Tribal Air Call

The next monthly Tribal Air policy will occur on Wednesday, October 8. The call will occur at 9:00 AM Alaska; 10:00 AM Pacific; 11:00 AM Mountain; noon Central; and 1:00 PM Eastern.
The call number will be 888-824-5783; pin/access 97728037#
We are currently compiling the agenda. But we are looking at covering the GHG ANPR (public comment period open till late November); mobile source rule; GHG inventory rule; Class 1 redesignation; and any other updates which tribes request.
We will have an agenda available by October 3.


Grant opportunity sponsonsored by Office of Research and Development, EPA.

This particular RFA topic has significant EJ implications and potential. Contact: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov
As part of its Aging Initiative, EPA is seeking grant proposals that
train older adults to be environmental leaders, and demonstrate how
greenways and sustainable streets can improve the quality of life and
environmental quality for the active aging. The solicitation opened
Sept. 24 and closes Nov. 21.

States or state agencies, the District of Columbia, territories,
American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the
United States are eligible to apply. It is also open to public and
private universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or
private nonprofit institutions and 501 (c)(3) organizations.

EPA will award two grants totaling $200,000 in the winter of 2009.

More information about the grants:
http://epa.gov/aging/grants/grant-list/2008_11_21_rfp-epa-ao-ochp-08-01-fnl-rev-9-24.htm


date09/25/08

Conference Coordinator Position.

More Information (PDF 1 PP, 28 KB)


date09/23/08

GASEOUS POLLUTANT MONITORING (Level 3), Nov 18-21, 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada

More Information (PDF 7 PP, 530 KB)


date09/15/08

AIAQTP Training - Advanced Air Program Management (Level 2) - December 9-12, 2008, Tahlequah, OK

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): October 9, 2008
Application (click here): PreReg-AdvMgmt.pdf [7 pgs]

Course Description:
This course builds on ITEP's Level 2 course in air program management and delves deeper into issues such as planning and grant management.

Topics include:
Trend analysis
Strategic planning for an air quality program
Treatment as a State (TAS)
Participation in the policy process
Advanced grant management

Who Should Attend:
This course is open to tribal air quality managers who have successfully completed ITEP's "Management of Tribal Air Programs and Grants" course or who have equivalent managerial experience. Preference will be given to tribes who have a functioning air program and baseline ambient air monitoring data.

Course Structure and Approach:
This course consists of lectures, discussion, small-group activities, and time for individual planning and writing.

Prerequisite Courses:
Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (Level 1)
Management of Tribal Air Programs and Grants -or- Air Quality Program Administration


date09/9/08

The 2009 Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop will be held in R5’s Chicago Office the week of May 18-21.

The workshop will provide information on: community scale ambient air toxics monitoring projects including progress and results; national air toxics trends information; technical issues including addressing the MDL issues; and will feature training on air toxics data analysis.

The workshop is open to all. A website will be provided in the new future which will contain information about the agenda, registration for the work shop and training, hotels, and local information about Chicago.


date08/27/08

Final Draft of the QA Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems Volume II
- Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programs

is available on AMTIC for review through Oct 17, 2008. It can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/qabook.html

A QA Strategy Workgroup has been working with OAQPS over the last 4 years to revise this document. It went through one review period from March through May, 08. It has been revised based on comments received in that period.
The document review period will be through Oct 17. Please email Mike Papp (papp.michael@epa.gov) with any comment or suggestions.


Gaseous Pollutant Monitoring (Level 3) Course, Nov 18-21, 2008, Las Vegas , Nevada

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): October 6, 2008
Download Application form: PreReg-GASPOLL.pdf
Course Description : This course provides a basic understanding of the gaseous criteria pollutants and their regulatory standards. However, the main focus of the course is operation and maintenance of monitoring instruments.
Topics include:
Characteristics of gaseous criteria pollutants
Interaction between NOx and ozone in ambient air
NAAQS standards for gaseous pollutants
Operation and maintenance of instruments
Siting instruments
Audits
Quality Assurance
Formatting data for AQS
Who should attend: This course is open to tribal air quality managers and technicians. Preference will be given to those who plan to monitor, or are in the early stages of monitoring, for one of the gaseous criteria pollutants. In addition, applicants must have completed ITEP’s Air Pollution Technology (TECH) course or have equivalent education/experience.
Course Structure and Approach: This course takes a learn-by-doing approach. There will be lecture/discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice with equipment.
How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully . Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to the TAMS Center by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information. The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants . Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process; please be as specific as possible. Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.
Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 12 registrants. ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.
Training Course Costs: Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by Northern Arizona University and the US Environmental Protection Agency and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls and room service, are the responsibility of the participant. However, stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants. Stipends are awarded based on availability of funds and participants are encouraged to apply. Reimbursement forms must be submitted 10 business days after the end of the course .
Travel and Hotel Arrangements: Your hotel reservations will be made by NAU. Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course. Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information. Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.
Additional Responsibilities: Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred.

***Excessive cancellations or poor attendance will jeopardize eligibility for future courses.***


NATIVE AMERICAN ATTORNEY TRAVELING STIPENDS
TO THE ABA ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, AND RESOURCES LAW SUMMIT AT THE ARIZONA BILTMORE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
September 17-20, 2008


Phoenix, AZ
The premier conference on environment, energy, and resources law
Greetings,
I am pleased to announce that the Section leadership has made some funding available to help with the travel expenses for a few Native American attorneys, or those who work for tribal governments or Native American organizations, to attend the Section's fall meeting, Sept. 17-20, in Phoenix, Arizona. I have attached an announcement of this financial assistance and an application form. This information has also been posted on the Section's website at www.abanet.org/environ/fallmeet/2008/nativeamericanstipend/home.shtml (or go to the website www.abanet.org/environ/fallmeet/2008/ and then click on "Native American Attorney Traveling Stipend").

The basic idea is to provide travel expenses and lodging, and to authorize registration at the discounted fee of $280. The stipends do not cover meals. We anticipate being able to provide stipends to perhaps as many as five attorneys. (Depending on the distances, we may be able to stretch it to six.) We are hoping to reach people who want to attend but whose employers (including those who are self-employed) just cannot cover the expenses.

The application calls for a one page (or less) statement of why you want to attend. Look at the agenda on the website – why wouldn't you want to attend? We also ask for a short statement that you need the assistance.
The deadline is September 4. I'm sorry for the short notice. We plan to notify the winning applicants on September 5.
So, if you've thought about attending the fall meeting, but you just can't afford it, please consider applying for a stipend. If you know someone who should apply, please pass the information on to them. And if you are planning on attending, consider arriving in time to participate in the public service project on Wednesday, September 17.


date08/22/08

AIEO Job Announcement - Program Analyst $58,206 to $90,698

The US Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications to fill
two Program Analyst positions for the American Indian Environmental
Office in Washington, DC. These positions will provide advice and
assistance to EPA HQ and Regional Offices, and tribal governments on
matters relating to the development, execution and monitoring of
environmental policies, plans and programs related to tribes.
Interested applicants should have a background in environmental
policies, procedures, federal regulations and guidance. Suitable
education/experienc e includes program/management analysis or
environmental studies.

Position details and application instructions can be found at:
www.epa.gov/ ezhire or by accessing the Office of Personnel Management's
federal employment website: www.usajobs. opm.gov. The two (2) positions
will be announced simultaneously beginning August 20, 2008. Current
federal employees may apply under the vacancy announcement
OW-MP-2008-0057 which closes August 26, 2008. Announcement number
HQ-OW-DE-2008- 0024 is open for all citizens and closes on August 26,
2008.

U.S. citizenship is required. The US EPA is an Equal Opportunity
Employer.

Edna E. Silver
Office of Water
American Indian Environmental Office
Room 3334E
Mail Code 4104M
Building EPA East
Phone No. (202) 564-0286 Fax No. (202) 564-0298


date08/20/08

Clean Air Excellence Awards Program Awards Program

http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac/clean_award.html
The Clean Air Excellence Award Program was suggested by the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, a senior-level federal advisory committee that provides advice to EPA on air issues.
EPA is now accepting applications for the 9th annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. All applications must be postmarked prior to September 19, 2008.
If you have any questions about the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, please contact Pat Childers of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation at (202) 564-1082, or childers.pat@epa.gov .
There are five categories in which a program, project, or technology may be entered:
Clean Air Technology
Community Action
Education/Outreach
Regulatory/Policy Innovations
Transportation Efficiency Innovations
Award-winning entries are programs, projects, or technologies that directly or indirectly (i.e., by encouraging actions) reduce emissions of criteria pollutants or hazardous/toxic air pollutants; are innovative and unique; provide a model for others to follow; and result in positive outcomes that are continuing/sustainable.
In addition to the five award categories described above, the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program will annually recognize two special award categories.
The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. This category recognizes up to one individual for outstanding achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a lasting commitment to promoting clean air and helping to achieve better air quality. The candidate should be an innovative leader in his or her field and demonstrate a lifetime of achievement in promoting clean air. Candidates for this award must be nominated by a third party.
Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award. This category recognizes an outstanding project or program that has achieved environmental excellence in more than one of the five general award categories (i.e., Clean Air Technology, Community Action, Education/Outreach, Regulatory/Policy Innovations, and Transportation Efficiency Innovations).


date07/24/08

Auto Body Rule & CRC Web Cast

The 2008 Auto Body Rule & CRC Web Cast Link for Audience View is below, On Monday, July 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM EDT you will be able to gain access to view the video at the URL below. This link will take you to the On24 provider and you should have real player or another program that supports video to gain access to the web cast . You will need to register to gain access to the video as directed by this website. It is a fairly easy process, just follow the directions. The Audience URL is below.
http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=114934&s=1&k=24CD2F813AA4FCAC924D09369FDE77E6

Please pass this along to anyone interested in viewing this web cast. It will remain at this On24 Audience URL website for 3 months and will be able to be viewed it at the APTI website after the 3 months under the archived programs. http://www.epa.gov/apti

Please contact me if you have any questions or experience any problems.
Deborah R. Miller
Environmental Protection Specialist
US EPA, Office of Air and Radiation
Office Air Quality Planning and Standards,
Innovative Programs and Outreach Group
(C-304-05)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711
Phone: 919-541-5552
http://www.epa.gov/apti


Clean Diesel Emerging Technology Grant Funding

EPA announced on 07/21/2008 that $3.4 million is now available to fund clean diesel emerging technologies. Details on the funding opportunity are available at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/grantfund.htm#emerge or you can view the RFP directly at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/08-06.pdf. Proposals are due by September 21, 2008. For additional information, contact Jennifer Went at EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality in Washington, D.C., at went.jennifer@epa.gov or 202-343-9302.

EPA's press release on the available funding is located at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/names/hq_2008-7-21_diesel?OpenDocument.


NTAA Webinar - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the CAA.

Below is an invitation for an upcoming NTAA conference call. PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CALL AS WE ARE USING AN ONLINE WEBINAIR WHICH DOES REQUIRE YOU TO REGISTER (ONLINE) IN ADVANCE!

DATE: July 30, 2008
TIME: 1:00 PM Eastern
Noon Central
11:00 AM Mountain (and Navajo Nation)
10:00 AM Pacific (and AZ)
9:00 AM Alaska

CONFERENCE NUMBER: 888.824.5783
PASSCODE: 97728037#

The National Tribal Air Association would like to announce an upcoming conference call regarding an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on a Greenhouse Gas Emission Rule under the Clean Air Act. Information on the ANPR for the rule is directly below.
This conference call is going to be a general informational call on the rule. I am going to assume this will be the first conference call on the subject matter. Subsequent calls will go more into the analysis of the actual rule. However, this call is more of a general announcement of the rule and explain what the rule is about. The call on the 30th will also explain what work NTEC/NTAA is doing on the rule (such as possible fact sheets, model letter, etc.
Jackie Krieger and/or Nancy Ketcham-Colwill, from EPA will be on the call to discuss the general nature of the ANPR (sort of a general 101 on the rule). Bob Gruenig, Senior Policy Analyst for NTEC, will also be on the call to discuss work NTEC/NTAA is taking on the rule.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/195775058


date07/17/08

NTAA / EPA Tribal Air Call - Thursday, July 17th, 2008

2 pm eastern time
1 pm central time
12 Noon mountain time
11 am pacific time
10 am Alaska time

Call in number is 866 - 299 - 3188
Conference code is 919 541 5624 #

Presentation on the PM 2.5 NSR Implementation Rule (PP 14 PP, 151 KB)


date07/15/08

CAIR Vacated by Federal Appeals Court.

To summarize, we grant the petitions of Entergy, SO2
Petitioners, and Minnesota Power. We grant North Carolina’s
petition with respect to the “interfere with maintenance”
language, CAIR’s 2015 compliance date, and the unrestricted
trading of allowances; we deny it with respect to EPA’s
definition of “will” in “will contribute significantly,” and the
PM2.5 contribution threshold. We deny the petitions of the
Florida and Texas petitioners, and the Florida Association of
Electric Utilities. Accordingly, we vacate CAIR and its
associated FIP and remand both to the EPA.

Summary (PDF 60, 232 KB)

date07/2/08

EPA received a court order extending the deadline for the notice of final Lead (Pb) NAAQS rulemaking to October 15, 2008 and extending the public comment period on the proposed rule to August 4, 2008.

Here is the link for additional information on the Lead NAAQS http://www.epa.gov/air/lead/actions.html


NAAQS for Lead Web Conference dtae changed to July 23.

More Information (PDF 2 pp, 15 kb)


date07/1/08

Mailing list (PDF 8 pp, 31 KB) for the National Tribal Caucus representatives, designees and alternates.

Coal Fired Power Plants Letter (PDF 2 pp, 303 KB) from Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority.


date06/28/08

ITEP's Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center Announces:

“Air Pollution and Ecosystems (ECOSYS)” (Level 2)
September 23-26, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
More Information (PDF 2 pp 15 kb)
PreReg_ECOSYS.pdf (PDF 7 pp, 732 kb)


date06/24/08

ITEP's American Indian Air Quality Training Program has released it's 2008-2009 training catalog!

The Catalog includes detailed descriptions of ITEP air quality training courses, activities and services. You can download the PDF of the course catalog by clicking here [CourseCatalog.pdf].
Our current schedule has also been published on our website (http://www4.nau.edu/itep/trainings/aiaqtp.asp) where you can view the latest schedule as well as download application forms for upcoming courses.
For more information on ITEP's air quality training program, you may visit our website (http://www4.nau.edu/itep/programs/aiaqtp.asp) or give us a call (928.523.6887) or email Lydia Scheer .
If you have any questions about upcoming courses, please do not hesitate to contact Lydia Scheer.



date06/17/08

Revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead - July 8, 2008 - 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is offering an on-line information session regarding the proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead (Pb). The session will include information on the Pb health effects evidence that prompted the Agency to propose strengthening the Pb standards, and an overview of the proposed monitoring and implementation requirements related to the standards. The full text of the rule proposed by EPA on May 1, 2008 and related information is available on EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/air/lead/actions.html.

The 60-day public comment period is open from May 20, 2008 through July 21, 2008. If you are interested in learning more about the proposal or providing comments to the Agency, we encourage you to attend the internet training session. A 30-minute EPA presentation will be followed by an on-line Q&A session addressing key questions related to the proposed Pb standards and related implementation and monitoring requirements.

To Register: Contact Mike Letke at letke.michael@epa.gov. Indicate to Mike that you are attending the 1:00 o’clock session. He will send you directions on how to join the web conference. Please register by COB July 7.


date06/10/08

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Job Opening for an Air Quality Specialist.

Contact: Kristy Dayson, Little Traverse Bay Bands, Human Resources Department, Administrative Assistant/Recuriter
office: 231-242-1555
fax: 231-242-1565
kdayson@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
More Information (PDF 2 PP, 70 KB)


date05/20/08

EPA completes Socio-Demographic Analysis as part of the Lead Air Quality Standards Review

EPA has conducted a limited screening-level analysis of the socio-demographic characteristics of populations living near ambient air lead monitors and stationary sources of lead emissions. EPA completed the analysis consistent with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. For further information go to www.epa.gov/air/lead/actions.html for the final analysis document.


date05/13/08

Final Guidance and Policy for Implementation of Tribal Air Monitoring Programs.

OAQPS is pleased to present to you the final Guidance and Policy for Implementation of Tribal Air Monitoring Programs. Attached you will find the memorandum from Steve Page and the file for the document.
Memo (PDF 2 PP, 74 KB)
Guidance Doc (PDF 41 PP, 168 KB)


date05/09/08

EJ Small Grants RFA.

Please find below a link to the request for applications for EPA's EJ
Small Grants program. Tribal governments are now, once again, eligible
to apply for these resources. The total dollar amount of any one grant
is $20,000. The applications are due June 30th. Please share this
information with your tribal government contacts.

This is the information for organizations interested in participating in
the application assistance conference calls: May 14 / 1:30-2:30 June 18 /
1:30-2:30 Call in Number - 1.866.299.3188 Conference Code - 202 564 9843

EOJ Link 1
EOJ Link 2


date05/06/08

The NTAA and EPA will hold their monthly call on May 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central; 12:00 PM Mountain; 11:00 AM Pacific; 10:00 AM Alaska ).
The call in number is: (866) 299-3188 The pass code is: 919-541-5624

The main focus on the call will be the recently announced Lead NAAQS revisions (see http://www.epa.gov/air/lead/). EPA announced the revisions last week. It will be published in the Federal Register on May 15, with a 60 day public comment period. Attached is the notice to tribal leaders, developed by EPA.
Notice (PDF) (2pp, 47k)
Proposal Presentation (PDF) (19pp, 322k)
Maps (PDF) (4pp, 860k)


Consultation on the Lead NAAQS

On May 1, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to strengthen the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead. The purpose of this letter is to invite you to consult on this proposal.

The proposed rule will establish new uniform national standards for lead in ambient air to protect public health. EPA proposes to revise the level of the primary (health-based) standard to within the range of 0.10 to 0.30 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3), and to revise the secondary (welfare-based) standard to be identical in all respects to the primary standard. The proposed standards will significantly strengthen the standards of 1.5 µg/m3 set in 1978.

In addition to proposing to change the level of the standard, EPA is also proposing to improve the monitoring network and outlining an approach and timeline for implementing the revisions to the lead standards. The proposed rule and accompanying materials, including maps relating to current air quality and emissions of lead from stationary sources in the U.S., are available on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/air/lead .

Though lead emissions have declined significantly in the U.S. following the permanent phaseout of leaded gasoline, there are still a variety of lead sources in the U.S. and even small amounts of lead in the air may pose a public health risk. Lead in the air can be inhaled or, after it settles out of the air, can be ingested. It causes a variety of effects at low levels of exposure including effects on the blood, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and immune system. Children are particularly sensitive to the effects of lead. Exposures to low levels of lead early in life are associated with effects on IQ, learning, memory, and behavior.

EPA does not believe the proposed rule will have adverse implications for Tribes because it increases the level of environmental protection nationwide. However, to ensure that your lands and interests are protected, we open the door to consultation and welcome any additional information about the standards or potential impacts you would like to share.

EPA will accept comment for 60 days after the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. EPA will also hold public hearings on June 12, 2008, in Baltimore, Maryland, and St. Louis, Missouri. We will be available to discuss the proposed revisions in other settings as well, such as during the next National Tribal Air Association/EPA joint conference call on air quality, at the 2008 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality in June, and with Regional Tribal Operations Committees. If you prefer to initiate a formal consultation with EPA on this rule, please contact Laura McKelvey at (919) 541-5497 or Deirdre Murphy at (919) 541-0729.

We want your input to assure that we develop the best rules possible. We endeavor to conduct our efforts with sensitivity to the needs and culture of Tribes and with attention to the impact of our actions on Tribal sovereignty. We look forward to receiving your input.
Sincerely,

Lydia N. Wegman
Director
Health and Environmental Impacts Division
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards


date05/02/08

Proposed Revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead

Fact Sheet (PDF 7 PP, 97 KB)
For more information please visit www.epa.gov/air/lead

Below is the schedule for the Friday morning stakeholder conference calls on the Lead NAAQS proposal. All calls will be 40 minutes in length with the exception of the industry call which will last only 30 mins. EPA staff at HQ will meet in 5415 ARN for the conference calls.

Similar to the ozone calls, we will provide alternating dial-in information to the select stakeholder groups so that there won't be overlap. Also, there will be introductions of the participants and key staff on the call and then defer to OAQPS to discuss the technical aspects, followed by stakeholder Q & A.

Please let EPA know if you have any concerns or edits or select stakeholders that you wish to ensure receive an invite to participate. We will be sending these out to select stakeholder groups shortly. OCIR will be inviting their state and local groups in a similar time frame. Please also note that we will be informing the Regional Public Affairs Directors of these calls and their times per a request we received this week.

Friday, May 2, 2008 Lead NAAQS Proposal Stakeholder Conference Calls

10:00am Industry conference call briefing Dial-In: 866-299-3188, dial-in code 2025643657

10:30am Environmentalist / NGO / Public Heath conference call briefing Dial-In: 866-299-3188, dial-in code 2025647841

11:15am State and local conference call briefing Dial-In: 866-299-3188, dial-in code 2025643657

12:00pm Tribal conference call briefing Dial-In: 866-299-3188, dial-in code 202 564 7841


date05/01/08

Lead NAAQS Stakeholder Conference Calls

Below is the schedule for the Friday morning stakeholder conference calls on the Lead NAAQS proposal. All calls will be 40 minutes in length with the exception of the industry call which will last only 30 mins. EPA staff at HQ will meet in 5415 ARN for the conference calls.

Similar to the ozone calls, we will provide alternating dial-in information to the select stakeholder groups so that there won't be overlap. Also, there will be introductions of the participants and key staff on the call and then defer to OAQPS to discuss the technical aspects, followed by stakeholder Q & A.

Please let EPA know if you have any concerns or edits or select stakeholders that you wish to ensure receive an invite to participate. We will be sending these out to select stakeholder groups shortly. OCIR will be inviting their state and local groups in a similar time frame. Please also note that we will be informing the Regional Public Affairs Directors of these calls and their times per a request we received this week.

Friday, May 2, 2008 Lead NAAQS Proposal Stakeholder Conference Calls

10:00am Industry conference call briefing
Dial-In: 866-299-3188,
dial-in code 202 564 3657

10:30am Environmentalist / NGO / Public Heath conference call briefing
Dial-In: 866-299-3188,
dial-in code 202 564 7841

11:15am State and local conference call briefing
Dial-In: 866-299-3188,
dial-in code 202 564 3657

12:00pm Tribal conference call briefing
Dial-In: 866-299-3188,
dial-in code 202 564 7841


date05/01/08

Lead NAAQS Proposal Signed (see more at the lead web site)

Proposed Rule (PDF) (451pp, 1.2 MB)
Fact sheet (PDF) (7pp, 96k)


date04/30/08

Supporting an Inter-Tribal Alliance on Climate Change

Resolution (PDF 2 PP, 501 KB)


date04/23/08

NEW SOURCE REVIEW (NSR) (Level 3) Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
July 29-31, 2008

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): May 23, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_NSR.pdf, 7 pgs]
More Information


date04/22/08

EPA Approves Air Redesignation for Forest County Potawatomi

Fact Sheet (PDF 1 PP, 25 KB)
FCP Desk Statement (PDF 1 PP, 12 KB)


date04/17/08

2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards & Air Quality Index Update Broadcast

The U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) will hold a two hour satellite seminar on the revisions to the Ozone NAAQS for air quality professionals. The primary and secondary standards, health information and the ozone Air Quality Index will be featured. In this program, EPA representatives will discuss briefly where we are with the Monitoring Rule and implementation of the 1997 NAAQS as well as plans for implementation of the 2008 NAAQS. We will hold the last hour of the program for a live question and answer session. The call in number for viewers to submit questions will be posted on the screen the day of the broadcast. This program features an introduction by Steve Page, Jenny Noonan as the Moderator and presentations by Lydia Wegman, Lew Weinstock and Kimber Scavo.

Target Audience
This broadcast is targeted to State, local, and Tribal air agency personnel
If you miss this broadcast you may view it at the following website beginning early May 2008:
http://www.epa.gov/apti/ under Archived Broadcasts.

Contact: Deborah R. Miller 919-541-5552 or Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price 919-541-5573


date04/14/08

The first draft of the QA Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems- Volume II Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program
is available for review.

The document updates the 1998 version and can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/qabook.html
Please send any review comments to Mike Papp (papp.michael@epa.gov) by May 30, 2008.


date04/3/08

TRIBAL DATA TOOLBOX (Level 3) May 20-23, 2008 Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration) : March 24, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_TOOLBOX.pdf, 8 pgs]

More Information (PDF 2PP, 19 KB)


The scheduled Tribal Air Update conference call that was scheduled for today (April 3, 2 PM EDT) has been moved to April 10 at 2:00 PM EDT (1:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Mountain, 11:00 AM Pacific & AZ, and 10:00 AM Alaska).

The focus of this call will be on the upcoming proposed NAAQS Lead changes. Other topics are being discussed to add to the agenda.
Call-in-Number (866)299-3188
Access Code: (919) 541-5624

Attached is the call summary from the previous call, (PDF 4 PP, 29 KB) March 6, 2008.
You may contactStephen Hartsfield or Laura McKelvey if you have any questions or ideas for agenda topics.


date04/2/08

Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Conference Call Handouts.

Attached are handouts for the conference call to be held on April 2, 2008.
Ozone Final NAAQS Presentation (PDF 17 PP, 315 KB)
Ozone Air Quality Maps of 1997 (PDF 4 PP, 518 KB)


date03/27/08

Ozone NAAQS Rule & AQI Update - April 21, 2008 - 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

The U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) will hold a two hour satellite seminar on the revisions to the NAAQS rule for air quality professionals. Secondary Standard, Health Information and the Ozone Air Quality Index will also be featured. In this program, EPA representatives will discuss briefly where we are with the Monitoring Rule and the Implementation. We will hold the last hour of the program for a live question and answer session. The call in number will be posted on the screen on the day of the broadcast. A more descriptive announcement will be sent later along with a 3 month schedule.
Target Audience
This broadcast is targeted to Tribal, Federal, State and local air agency personnel.
If you miss this broadcast you may view it on the web at the following website
http://www.epa.gov/apti/ under Archived Broadcasts by May 21, 2008.


date03/26/08

Briefing on the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

The Agency released the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone on March 12th. We would like to provide a briefing on this standard to the Tribes. After discussing this with some of the tribes on the NTOC and NTAA we agreed to have a joint briefing.
We will have a conference call for any of you who are interested in learning about the new NAAQS on
Wednesday April 2 at 2:00 ET, 1:00 pm Central, 12Noon Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific and 10:00 am Alaska Time.
The call in number is 1-866-299-3188 and the passcode is 919-541-5624#.


date03/25/08

Using the New AQI Ozone Standard

Agencies are requested to use the new AQI for ozone for the entire 2008 ozone season, even though the season starts before the effective date of the ozone NAAQS rule. Information is also available at the AIRNow web page at http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.DisplayStory&myItemID=10084&StoryType=3.
AQI Memo (PDF 2 PP, 61 KB)
Revised Ozone Breakpoints (PDF 1 PP, 11 KB)
Final Ozone Fact Sheets (PDF 6 PP, 36 KB)
2008 AQI Changes (PDF 2 PP, 26 KB)


date03/18/08

EPA Strengthens Smog Standards to Better Protect Public Health and the Environment

Contact Information: Jonathan Shradar, (202) 564-4355 / shradar.jonathan@epa.gov or Cathy Milbourn, (202) 564-4355 / milbourn.cathy@epa.gov; En español: Lina Younes, (202) 564-4355 / younes.lina@epa.gov
(Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2008) EPA today met its requirements of the Clean Air Act by signing the most stringent 8-hour standard ever for ozone, revising the standards for the first time in more than a decade. The agency based the changes on the most recent scientific evidence about the effects of ozone, the primary component of smog.
More Information (PDF 2 PP, 18 KB)


date03/11/08

Mercury Monitoring Workshop, Annapolis MD, May 5-7 2008

This is just a reminder to please let us know by Friday, March 14, if
you plan to attend the Mercury Monitoring Workshop in Annapolis, MD, on
May 5-7, 2008. For more information, see the message below that was sent
on February 14, 2008.
More Info (PDF 2 PP, 14 KB)
Mercury Monitoring Invite (PDF 2 PP, 51 KB)



TRIBAL DATA TOOLBOX (Level 3) May 20-23, 2008 Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration) : March 24, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_TOOLBOX.pdf, 8 pgs]

Course Description: This course will provide training on the Tribal Data Toolbox , a completely free, stand-alone Microsoft Access database designed specifically for tribal air programs. The Toolbox can store and manage all air monitoring data, including criteria pollutants (both manual and continuous methods), meteorological data, QC and audit data, as well as administrative information such as personnel, site information, and equipment tracking. The Toolbox is capable of AQS data file generation, as well as many reports and charts.
Topics include:
• Entering and modifying personnel, site, and equipment data
• Entering and using Quality Control (QC) data
• Importing continuous and manual (filter) method data files
• Importing meteorological data files
• Qualifying (flagging) and invalidating data
• Generating reports and charts both as summary information and to assist you in interpreting your data
• Generating AQS formatted data files

Who should attend: This course is designed for tribal environmental professionals who are currently monitoring or collecting data for at least one criteria pollutant, or for meteorological conditions. This is an advanced course; applicants should have a firm understanding of air monitoring data prior to attending.

Course Structure and Approach: This course will include extensive hands-on computer exercises and activities as well as lectures. Participants will be asked to bring copies of recent data sets for use during class activities. Participants will be expected to have an intermediate-level working knowledge of Microsoft Windows. Although the course is structured around a Microsoft Access database, the database is form-driven and user-friendly, therefore no previous Access experience is necessary.

Pre-Requisites:
• Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or equivalent experience)
• Air Quality Computations (or equivalent experience)
• Air Pollution Technology

How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully. Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to the TAMS Center by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information. The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants. Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible. Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.
Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 10 registrants. ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.

Training Course Costs: Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by Northern Arizona University and the US Environmental Protection Agency and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant. However, stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants. Stipends are awarded based on availability of funds and participants are encouraged to apply. Please submit reimbursement forms within 10 business days after the end of the course.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements: Your hotel reservations will be made by NAU. Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course. Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information. Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.

Additional Responsibilities: Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred.

**Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.**

 


date03/5/08

NTAA/EPA Conference Call - March 6, 2008, 2 PM Eastern Time.
The call in number is 1-866-299-3188 passcode 919-541-5624.

The draft agenda is:
1) OTAQ will discuss the Energy Security and Independence Act and the GHG rule
2) OAP will provide an update on some of their activities
3) OAQPS will update you on PM designations
4) OAQPS will do a quick update on NSR issues (NOTE the deadline for comments on the PSD modeling increment rule is April 4)
6) NTF agenda
5) NTEC/NTAA updates

Mandatory GHG Reporting Rulemaking Presentation (PDF 8 228 KB)


date02/18/08

Improving Public Health and the Environment for Local Communities is Just a Click Away

Contact: Cathy Milbourn, (202) 564-4355 / milbourn.cathy@epa.gov

A new EPA Web site features dozens of projects that local communities can do to help make the air cleaner and healthier to breathe. The "Improving Air Quality in Your Community" Web site features activities for reducing both indoor and outdoor pollution, including diesel engine retrofit programs, improving air quality in local schools, and pollution prevention options for small businesses. These projects have a successful track record: they were previously put into action by state and local governments across the country. This site includes information about the costs to establish and maintain each project, and how local communities can apply for EPA grants to kick-start their activities.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/air/community/


date02/12/08

AIR POLLUTION TECHNOLOGY (Level 2)
April 28-May 2, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration) : March 10, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_TECH.pdf, 7 pgs]
Course Description (PDF 2 PP, 14KB)


date02/11/08

2008 Joint National Tribal Forum / National Tribal Air Association conference on Air Quality to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 3-5, 2008

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) would like to invite you to attend the 2008 Joint National Tribal Forum / National Tribal Air Association conference on Air Quality to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 3-5, 2008.
The joint meeting is a gathering of tribal environmental professionals concerned about air quality in Indian Country. This conference is co-hosted by ITEP and NTAA, and sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air & Radiation. NTAA staff will provide opportunities for discussion of budget and policy issues, and ITEP will present education, training, and monitoring updates. We also want to hear from YOU at this conference! If you're interested in presenting a poster or giving a presentation please let us know! The more we can do to highlight the good work of the tribes, the more we'll learn from one-another.
All interested tribal environmental professionals, U.S. EPA representatives, and members of national tribal organizations are encouraged to attend. This conference is designed to allow attendees time and a venue to share with and learn from one another.
The conference agenda will include: Discussion of EPA's air quality budget, how it works and what tribes can do to make a positive impact; Trends in national air quality and public health impacts; The latest on climate change and what tribes are doing to address this critical issue; Mercury monitoring; Tribal new source review rule; Indoor air quality; Wood stoves change out program; Student internships; and much, much more.
Scholarship and Registration Information
A limited number of travel scholarships are available for tribes. ITEP will cover hotel and per diem costs for tribal participants on a limited basis (per diem rate $59.00 / $99.00 lodging per day). Applicants can submit requests for stipends to cover transportation costs (airfare and/or mileage reimbursement), however funds are limited and requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline to request travel scholarship support is April 11, 2008
Registration Deadline for all other participants is April 25, 2008:
If you have questions regarding registration contact Sharlene Brown at ITEP:
email: Sharlene.Brown@nau.edu
phone: (928) 523-5504
Please visit the NTF website http://www4.nau.edu/itep/programs/ntf08/index.asp to register for the conference.


Request for Applications: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance

Free technical assistance available!
Are you trying to encourage specific smart growth techniques like transit-oriented development? Or direct your state department of transportation investments to better support smart growth? Are you looking to use smart growth to reach greenhouse gas reduction goals? Do you need help analyzing guidelines for school investments that best fit your state or community? Do you need to retrofit a commercial corridor? Or coordinate your community's smart growth design with an active aging program?

The Development, Community, and Environment Division in U.S. EPA's Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is responding to this need by issuing a request for applications for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program. Through this program, a team of multidisciplinary experts will provide free technical assistance to communities, regions, or states that want to develop in ways that meet environmental and other local or regional goals.

Communities, regions, and states around the country are interested in building stronger neighborhoods, protecting their environmental resources, enhancing public health, and planning for development, but they may lack the tools, resources, or information to achieve these goals. EPA can help applicants overcome these roadblocks by providing evaluation tools and expert analysis.

EPA is soliciting applications from communities that want help with either policy analysis or public participatory processes. Selected communities will receive assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of experts organized by EPA and other national partners to work with local leaders. Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2009.

For more information and application materials, please go to www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm.


date02/8/08

CAMR Court Decision

Before the court are petitions for review of two final rules promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the emission of hazardous air pollutants (“HAPs”) from electric utility steam generating units (“EGUs”). The first rule removes coal- and oil-fired EGUs from the list of sources whose emissions are regulated under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (“CAA”), 42 U.S.C. § 7412. Revision of December 2000 Regulatory Finding “Delisting Rule”), 70 Fed. Reg. 15,994 (Mar. 29, 2005). The second rule sets performance standards pursuant to section 111, 42 U.S.C.  § 7411, for new coal-fired EGUs and establishes total mercury emissions limits for States and certain tribal areas, along with a voluntary cap-and-trade program for new and existing coal-fired EGUs. Standards of Performance for New and Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (“CAMR”), 70 Fed. Reg. 28,606 (May 18, 2005).
CAMR Ruling (PDF 18 PP, 52 KB)


Update on the Ambient Air Monitoring Quality Assurance Sessions at the 2008, 27th Annual Conference on Managing Environmental Quality Systems April 21-24, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.


EPA sponsors a national conference on managing quality systems for environmental programs every year. This conference is a national forum for disseminating and exchanging information on managing the quality of environmental data; discussion and action on issues of national concern; training; and technical presentations. The conference is open to all interested members of the environmental community including representatives from EPA, other Federal Agencies, State, local, and Tribal governments, academia, and the private sector. There is no charge for attending the conference or training.
For the past 7 years the OAQPS Ambient Air Monitoring Group (AAMG) has facilitated sessions at this conference devoted to quality assurance activities for ambient air monitoring. This year, AAMG will hold a one day ambient air monitoring quality system training course ( half day Monday April 21 & half day Tuesday April 22) and a second day (Wednesday April 23) devoted to presentations and discussions of ambient air QA related issues. For more information on this conference, please visit the EPA Quality Staff’s website http://www.epa.gov/quality1/meeting.html . For more information on the training course, go to http://www.epa.gov/quality/qs-2008agenda.html#air .

You can register for the ambient air monitoring quality system training course by emailing Mike Papp ( papp.michael@epa.gov ) with the following information:

Name
Job Title
Organization
Mail Address
Email address


date02/6/08

Upcoming Tribal Training and Workshops and Summer Internships (PDF 12 PP, 32KB)


Environmental Summer Internship Program - Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals of Northern Arizona University in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring the 2008 Environmental Summer Student Internship Program. Students will have the opportunity to gain professional skills by, assisting government agencies and Native American tribes with special environmental projects related to air quality and environmental protection. Projects may consist of: conducting research or conducting field operations, developing public policy or developing environmental education materials, working in environmental engineering or working with GIS, spending your time in an office or spending time in the woods. COMPLETE application packet should be received by February 15th, 2008.
Requirements:
O Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate student with satisfactory academic standing
O Major in an environmental (science, engineering, planning, policy, law, management) or related (political science, anthropology, health) field.
O Good communication (verbal and written) and word processing skills
O An strong interest in working with Native American tribes
For more information http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/ssi_internship.asp
Questions: Mansel A. Nelson, mansel.nelson@nau.edu, 928 523 1275
SSI Internship Announcement (PDF, 1 PP, 34 KB)


Virgil Masayesva Tribal Air Award Nominations.

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in support of enhancement and improvement of human health and environmental protection in Indian country.
What: The award recognizes tribal environmental staff, tribal air programs, or other environmental professionals that have demonstrated leadership in tribal air programs.
Who is eligible: Tribal environmental professionals, tribal programs, environmental professionals in consortia, universities or other areas who have supported air quality protection in Indian country. TAMS and ITEP staff are not eligible for this award.
Nomination Form (MS Word)


date01/30/08

Due This Week - Your Abstract for USEPA Emissions Inventory Conference 2008

Abstracts for the 17th Annual International Emissions Inventory Conference are due by the end of this week February 1 2008. The Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on June 2-5, 2008. The technical program topics of interest are listed in our Call for Papers on the 2008 Conference Website at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei17/index.html. Please do not delay to claim your spot in this technical program. You will also find in the call for papers a link to our on-line submission process.

This year’s theme, ‘Inventory Evolution - Portal to improved Air Quality’ emphasizes new and evolving uses of the air emission inventories, the motivation for those uses, and the impact on emissions data development.
In addition to the technical sessions and networking opportunities, we will offer registration for training courses including both on-site and by Web casts. The on-site training will cover:
· Introduction to Emission Inventories
· Greenhouse Gases Emission Characterization
· Mobile sources emission estimation models
· National Emission Inventory Data System (EIS)
The on-line Web casts will be offered and scheduled prior to Conference for training on emission inventory tools such as Water9, WebFIRE, LANDGEM, and SPECIATE.

We also trying something new this year by seeking interest for an emissions inventory ‘software showcase’. We emphasize that the showcase is for both private sector software developers and public entities to demonstrate their wares to Conference attendees. We encourage those of you from State, local, tribal, and regional agencies to participate. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase your efforts with your counterparts in other agencies regarding development and application of emission inventory related software. We hope the showcase will lead to a sharing of ideas and solutions among those involved in developing and using software for emissions inventory applications. Interested parties should complete and submit on-line the survey posted at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei17/presenter/index.html.
Come to Portland and participate in this year’s conference! We look forward to seeing you.


date01/23/08

The 2006 Air Quality Trends Report, "Latest Findings on National Air Quality -- Status and Trends through 2006", has been officially released and is available on the EPA AirTrends website at http://www.epa.gov/air/airtrends/2007/index.html

As many of you may know, we had not produced an official trends report for a few years and just provided summary data on the web, but we decided this year to return to the formal report format. I would like to thank the staff in the Air Quality Analysis Group in OAQPS and especially Ellen Baldridge, who led the team, for their efforts in developing this report. I would also like to thank the staff in other OAR offices (OAP, OTAQ) and Regions who participated in the process as well. I hope you will find the report informative. We plan to return to developing an annual report and hope to have the 2007 version out by early fall 2008.


TRIBAL DATA TOOLBOX (Level 3) April 8-11, 2008 Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): February 22, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_TOOLBOX.pdf, 8 pgs] More Information (PDF 2 PP, 16 KB)


date01/22/08

27th Annual Conference on Managing Environmental Quality Systems

Ambient Air Monitoring Quality Assurance Sessions at the 2008, 27th Annual Conference on Managing Environmental Quality Systems April 21-24, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.
EPA sponsors a national conference on managing quality systems for environmental programs every year. This conference is a national forum for disseminating and exchanging information on managing the quality of environmental data; discussion and action on issues of national concern; training; and technical presentations. The conference is open to all interested members of the environmental community including representatives from EPA, other Federal Agencies, State, local, and Tribal governments, academia, and the private sector. There is no charge for attending the conference or training.
For the past 7 years, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards has facilitated sessions at this conference devoted to quality assurance activities for ambient air monitoring. This year, OAQPS will hold a one day ambient air monitoring quality system training course and a second day devoted to presentations and discussions of ambient air QA related issues. For more information on this conference, please visit the EPA Quality Staff’s website http://www.epa.gov/quality1/meeting.html


date01/18/08

The 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CARE Cooperative Agreement Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available on-line. The application time line has been extended to 3 months and the deadline is March 17, 2008.

The CARE website has additional information related to the CARE RFP, including our upcoming Q&A Webcasts.

About the CARE RFP
Around $3 million will be available in 2008 to support community-based partnerships to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.
EPA anticipates awarding CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I cooperative agreements range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities which have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk reduction activities, and become self-sustaining. In 2007, $3.4 million in cooperative agreements were made available to more than 20 communities through the CARE program, a community-based, community-driven program that builds partnerships to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources. Examples of projects include addressing abandoned, contaminated industrial and residential properties in Gary, Ind., dealing with agriculture-related toxics in Yakima County, Wash., and reducing air emissions from diesel trucks and buses in Woonsocket, R.I. Since 2005, the grants to reduce toxics in the environment have reached almost 50 communities in over 20 states.

Applications for the CARE grants are due March 17, 2008. Eligible applicants include county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities. EPA will conduct three conference calls, Jan. 18, Feb. 11 and 27, for prospective applicants to ask questions about the application process.

Additional information about the CARE program, previous cooperative agreement recipients, and applying for the 2008 grants.

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CARE Request for Proposals Q&A Webcast (also available on http://www.epa.gov/care)

The CARE program will conduct three national information sessions for cooperative agreement applicants via national Internet seminars, or Webcasts, in January and February 2008. 

January 18, 2008 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. eastern time

February 11, 2008 1:00 - 12:30 p.m. eastern time

February 27, 2008 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. eastern time
To register for the upcoming CARE Internet Seminar for either of the above dates, please go to:
http://www.cluin.org/studio/seminar.cfm.

date01/11/08

Tribal Air Quality conference call - January 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM Eastern

The call will occur on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central; noon Mountain ; 11:00 AM Pacific; 10:00 AM Alaska ).
The conference number is 866-299-3188 (pass code: 919 541 5624#).

We are currently finalizing the topics for the agenda. Here is a preliminary agenda:
· Update on current Climate Change legislation (U.S. Congress).
· Update on recent rules and regulations (including: PSD, NSR, flex-permit, PM,
Ozone) which have had tribal interest in 2007.
· Potential policies and regulations which may have tribal interest in 2008.
(including lead and Fugitive Rule).
· NTAA updates - status of EC members; NTF conference update
· Announcements

Three items are attached: the announcement (for the call); an NTAA weekly update (November 16) on the fugitive rule; a document created from the comments compiled during the tribal NSR workgroup calls – this is on considerations/ tips for consultation. The last attachment is in draft form and open for comment.


“INDOOR AIR QUALITY in ALASKA” (Level 1) - Anchorage, Alaska - April 1-3, 2008

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration) : February 12, 2008
Download application form here [PreReg_IAQ-AK.pdf, 7 pgs]

Course Description: This entry-level course is designed to provide an understanding of common indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in village homes. There will be an overview of building science as it applies to homes, an overview of indoor air pollutants and their health effects, and appropriate tips for solving IAQ problems. There will also be hands-on practice with a comprehensive checklist used to identify IAQ problems in homes.
Topics Include:
• Basics of building science, ventilation, and pressure imbalance
• Overview of indoor air pollutants
• Overview of mold
• Health concerns related to indoor air quality
• Inexpensive methods to investigate home IAQ problems
• Conducting a residential IAQ investigation
• Inexpensive solutions to IAQ problems
• Outreach about IAQ

Who should attend: There is no prerequisite for this course. It is open to village staff from environmental, housing, or health departments. Preference will be given to applicants who have an indoor air quality task in a grant workplan.

Course Structure and Approach: This three-day course will consist of lectures and village case studies, as well as small-group activities and hands-on practice.

How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully. Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information. The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants. Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible. Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.
Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 18 registrants. ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.
Training Course Costs: Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by Northern Arizona University and the US Environmental Protection Agency and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant. However, stipends to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants. Stipends are awarded based on availability of funds and participants are encouraged to apply. Reimbursement forms must be submitted 10 business days after the end of the course.
Travel and Hotel Arrangements: Your hotel reservations will be made by NAU. Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course. Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information. Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.
Additional Responsibilities: Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. If you must cancel after a travel stipend has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of the stipend and any other costs incurred.

**Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.**


 


 

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