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date12/22/09

CARE program to make $2 million available

EPA is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources.  Since 2005, the grants have reached 68 communities in 34 states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in 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 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the grants: http://www.epa.gov/care/  

News Release: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/166A204679E664898525768F00798D2E


 

Regional Haze BART FIP ANPR.

 The link to the EPA Region 9 page is: http://www.epa.gov/region09/air/navajo/index.html#upcoming


date12/15/09

Impacts of Climate Change on Tribes in US

Impacts of Climate Change (PDF 18 pp, 286 KB)
Attachments (PDF 151 pp, 5,547 KB)


date12/9/09

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES COBELL SETTLEMENT

Press Release (PDF 2 pp, 53 kb)

date11/18/09

EPA Proposes Stronger Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Dioxide

WASHINGTON – For the first time in nearly 40 years, EPA is proposing to strengthen the nation’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) air quality standard to protect public health. Power plants and other industrial facilities emit SO2 directly into the air. Exposure to SO2 can aggravate asthma, cause respiratory difficulties, and result in emergency room visits and hospitalization. People with asthma, children, and the elderly are especially vulnerable to SO2’s effects.

“Short-term exposures to peak SO2 levels can have significant health effects – especially for children and the elderly – and leave our families and taxpayers saddled with high health care costs,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “We’re strengthening clean air standards, stepping up monitoring and reporting in communities most in need, and providing the American people with protections they rightly deserve.”

EPA is taking comment on a proposal to establish a new national one-hour SO2 standard, between 50 and 100 parts per billion (ppb). This standard is designed to protect against short-term exposures ranging from five minutes to 24 hours. Because the revised standards would be more protective, EPA is proposing to revoke the current 24-hour and annual SO2 health standards.

EPA also is proposing changes to monitoring and reporting requirements for SO2. Monitors would be placed in areas with high SO2 emission levels as well as in urban areas. The proposal also would change the Air Quality Index to reflect the revised SO2 standards. This change would improve states’ ability to alert the public when short-term SO2 levels may affect their health.

The proposal addresses only the SO2 primary standards, which are designed to protect public health. EPA will address the secondary standard – designed to protect the public welfare, including the environment – as part of a separate proposal in 2011.

EPA first set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for SO2 in 1971, establishing both a primary standard to protect health and a secondary standard to protect the public welfare. Annual average SO2 concentrations have decreased by more than 71 percent since 1980.

The public comment period will be open for 60 days after the proposal is published in the Federal Register. The agency will hold a public hearing on Jan. 5, 2010 in Atlanta. EPA must issue final standards by June 2, 2010.

More information about the proposal: http://www.epa.gov/air/sulfurdioxide


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, AND EXHIBITS AT THE 2010 NATIONAL TRIBAL SCIENCE FORUM, JUNE 6-10, 2010 IN TRAVERSE CITY, MI

Just a reminder this is the final week to submit abstracts or proposals for a workshop, panel discussion, poster, or exhibit at the 2010 National Tribal Science Forum. The deadline is Monday, November 23, 2009 . This national forum is being sponsored by the National EPA-Tribal Science Council and hosted by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. We are seeking presentations, posters, and exhibits that address the theme “Mother Earth: Indigenous Knowledge and Science to Promote Positive Change.” The forum will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, Michigan from June 6-10, 2010.
It is designed for representatives of Tribal communities, including elders, leaders, faculty, staff and students working on environmental issues and cutting edge research projects. Please feel free to pass along this information to those who are interested in participating in the forum. Visit the forum web site for up-to-date information including agenda, plenary sessions, keynote speakers and registration beginning January 2010: http://epa.blhtech.com/2010TribalScienceForum.


date11/17/09

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!
2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement, and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innovation

Who: Communities, tribes, advocates, city/county/state governments, colleges/universities, faith-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders interested in learning about opportunities to move toward environmental justice in their communities.
Where: New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: (888) 364-1200
Dates: January 25-27, 2010
Registration: For more information and to register, visit http://www.cleanairinfo.com/ejconference.
Registration Fee (None).
Registration starts on November 11, 2009, and ends on January 15, 2010.
If you are an NIEHS Worker Education & Training attendee, visit this web site for additional registration information: http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/events.cfm?id=2484.
Contact:
Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price Conference Coordinator Phone: 919-541-5573 Email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov
Poster session: The Planning Committee invites abstracts for poster presentations. For further information, click here: http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/events.cfm?id=2485.
TOPICS
This Conference provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the following:
Goods Movement - New initiatives to reduce the impacts of transporting goods or produce.
Sustainability/Green Jobs -sustainability in the context of jobs aimed at preserving ecosystems and reducing consumption.
Ambient Air/Climate Change - impacts of ambient air pollutants and greenhouse gases on disproportionately affected communities.
Hazardous Waste Cleanup/ Job Training - impacts and challenges of hazardous materials, waste exposure and cleanup activities.
Sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) and co-sponsored by Dillard University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Worker Education and Training Program
While making your plans to attend the Environmental Justice Conference, you may want to consider staying in New Orleans for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) meeting, which will also be held at the New Orleans Marriott.
The NEJAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday January 27 through Friday, January 29, 2010. For more information and to register for the NEJAC meeting, please visit http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/nejac/meetings.html>

date11/3/09

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.

On October 28, 2009 the Request For Applications (RFA) was released announcing the availability of funds and solicitation of applications from eligible entities interested in participating the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG), supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.
This year the program is emphasizing the need to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change in communities with environmental justice concerns. There is a well-established scientific consensus that climate change will cause disproportionate impacts upon vulnerable populations. As stated in the Technical Support Document for the Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act (April 2009), “Within settlements experiencing climate change, certain parts of the population may be especially vulnerable; these include the poor, the elderly, those already in poor health, the disabled, those living alone, those with limited rights and power (such as recent immigrants with limited English skills), and/or indigenous populations dependent on one or a few resources. Thus, the potential impacts of climate change raise environmental justice issues.” The goals of this focus on climate change are to recognize the critical role of grassroots efforts in helping shape strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with climate change; to decrease the number of under represented communities; and, to ensure equitable green economic development in ways that build healthy sustainable communities.
The EJSG continues to assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain and sustain the partnerships, but also to work towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues.
For the guidance document go to http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/ej/grants /rfa-small-grant-2010.pdf
For questions contact Sheila Lewis: lewis.sheila@epa.gov


 

New Funding Opportunity with the Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is now accepting proposals for health impact assessment demonstration projects. Health impact assessments (HIAs) are a valuable decision-making tool for policymakers. HIAs take a flexible, data-driven approach toward identifying the health consequences of new policies, and help develop practical strategies to enhance their health benefits and minimize adverse effects.
HIAs are an effective way to incorporate health into the decisions made by sectors that do not traditionally focus on these outcomes—such as transportation, planning, education or housing. This strategy helps communities create safer environments and facilitate healthy living. For example, an HIA for a new road could raise questions about air quality, childhood asthma, and injury rates, then address them early in the planning process.
The Health Impact Project will fund government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations at the local, state and tribal levels. Up to 15 HIA grants will be awarded on a rolling basis and will range from between $25,000 and $150,000 each. Grantees will receive training, mentoring and technical assistance from the Health Impact Project and leading HIA experts.
"When decision makers understand the health implications of a project, they can make better-informed choices that avoid unintended harm and unexpected costs," said Aaron Wernham, M.D., M.S., director of the Health Impact Project and a leading national HIA expert. "We look forward to raising awareness about HIAs, and to working with many kinds of organizations around the country to help communities use this important tool."
For more information and to apply online, visit www.healthimpactproject.org


date10/28/09

DOE Issues Competitive EECBG Funding Opportunity for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

On October 19, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its competitive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding opportunity announcement. The announcement seeks innovative state and local government and Indian tribe programs, and will use up to $454 million in Recovery Act EECBG funds for these competitive grants awarded in the two topic areas described below. Applications are due to DOE by December 14, 2009, and the voluntary letters of intent are due by November 19, 2009.

Topic 1: Retrofit Ramp-Up, $390 million
The first topic area will award funds for innovative programs that are structured to provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits. These will be projects that demonstrate a sustainable business model for providing cost-effective energy upgrades for a large percentage of the residential, commercial, and public buildings in a specific community.
DOE expects to make 8 to 20 awards under this topic area, with award size ranging from $5-75 million.
Eligible entities include states, formula-eligible local and tribal governments, entities eligible under Topic 2, and nonprofit organizations authorized by the preceding entities.

Topic 2: General Innovation Fund, $64 million
The second topic area will award up to $64 million to help expand local energy efficiency efforts and reduce energy use in the commercial, residential, transportation, manufacturing, or industrial sectors.
DOE expects to make 15 to 60 awards, with award size ranging from $1-5 million.

Eligible entities include local and tribal governments that were not eligible to receive population-based formula grant allocations from DOE under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program; a governmental, quasi-governmental, or non-governmental, nonprofit organization authorized by and on behalf of a unit of local government (or Indian tribe) that was not an eligible entity; or a consortia of units of local governments (or tribes) that were not eligible entities.
For complete details on the availability of funds please visit:
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/about/competitive_grants.html


date10/20/09

The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance RFP has been posted at
http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html
 
All tribal applications must be sent to OTAQ.  The tribal set-aside is
only for those tribes that want to apply directly.  OTAQ  will be
reviewing & selecting the applications, not the regions.  
Non-tribal entities may apply to the Regions for a project that benefits
tribes or tribal land.  Example:  Alaska Energy Authority (State Agency)
or Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (nonprofit) applies on behalf of
a tribal village.  
Tribes and Native Villages can also join the West Coast Collaborative/
Membership is free and the website provides past and current grant
projects, upcoming calls for the different sectors of interest to a
tribe or native village, etc.  
The website is:   http://www.westcoastcollaborative.org  
           
http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html


date10/07/09

Tribal Webinar Series: Promoting Environmental Health in Native Communities

Berry Resources and Human Health Under the Cloud of Climate Change
Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Ph.D
October 14, 2009
2:00-3:30 P.M. (Eastern Time)
[Teleconference & Website log-in begins 15 minutes prior to webinar.]

To participate in these webinars : Register at http://epa.blhtech.com/webinars
For U.S. EPA HQ participants, ORD-NCER Central Conference (1025 F Street) is reserved to watch, listen, and ask questions as a group.
For U.S. EPA Regional offices and other participants, Toll free teleconference phone number: 866-299-3188 followed by access code: 202 564 8322#


date10/06/09

30 Funding Opportunities

There are 30 funding notices included in the attachment. Please check each for eligibility as many may not be specific to Tribes. Questions should be directed to those identified for that specific notice. Information courtesy of Laurie Brown and Washington State University. Thank you, Laurie and WSU.
More Information (PDF 7 pp, 32 kb)


date10/01/09

EPA TO RECONSIDER OZONE POLLUTION STANDARDS

Fact Sheet (PDF 2 PP, 15 KB)


Tribal Air Newsletter October 2009 (PDF 16 PP, 869 KB)


date9/24/09

EPA Finalizes Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System/Monitoring to Begin in 2010


On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas (GHG) data under a new reporting system. This new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities. EPA’s new reporting system will provide a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from and will guide development of the best possible policies and programs to reduce emissions. The data will also allow businesses to track their own emissions, compare them with those of similar facilities, and provide assistance in identifying cost-effective ways to reduce emissions in the future. This comprehensive, nationwide emissions data will help in the fight against climate change.
Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are produced by burning fossil fuels and through industrial and biological processes. Fossil fuel and industrial GHG suppliers, motor vehicle and engine manufacturers, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of CO2 equivalent per year will be required to report GHG emissions data to EPA annually. This threshold is equivalent to about the annual GHG emissions from 4,600 passenger vehicles. The first annual reports for the largest emitting facilities, covering calendar year 2010, will be submitted to EPA in 2011.
States, municipalities, and tribes could be required to submit an annual GHG report if they own or operate facilities subject to the rule. Landfills and stationary combustion equipment are the most likely types of facilities that might trigger applicability. The rule applies to all types of stationary combustion equipment (except for emergency generators and portable equipment) if the aggregate maximum rated heat input capacity of all stationary fuel combustion units at a facility is 30 million British thermal units per hour (mmBtu/hr) or greater, and the facility emits 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year from all stationary fuel combustion sources. The rule applies to landfills that generate methane in amounts equal to 25,000 metric tons of CO2e or more per year. It also applies to municipal power generation plants that report to the EPA Acid Rain Program or emit 25,000 metric tons or more of CO2e per year. EPA has developed an Applicability Tool to aid entities in assessing whether they are required to report under the rule, which is available at: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/GHG-calculator/index.html.
More information on the new reporting system and reporting requirements is available at: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html.
A guide for state and local agencies is available, and a guide for tribal agencies will soon be available, at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghg_infosheets.html.


Health and Safety courses online!

US EPA's Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEM) has completed the revision of their training and it's now on NETI ONLINE! There are four different courses: Field Activities, Radiation Safety, Collateral Duty (OSHA 600) and Laboratory Activities. Short tests throughout must be taken in order to receive a certificate of completion. For details or to register, go to www.netionline.com, click on the schedule, then scroll down to Web-Based Courses.


date9/23/09

Call for abstracts for the 2010 National Tribal Science Forum

Attached for your review is the Call for Abstracts for the 2010 National Tribal Science Forum. This national forum is being sponsored by the National EPA-Tribal Science Council and hosted by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. It will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, Michigan from June 6-10, 2010. The theme is “Mother Earth: Indigenous Knowledge and Science to Promote Positive Change.” The forum is designed for representatives of Tribal communities, including elders, leaders, faculty, staff and students working on environmental issues. Please feel free to pass along this information to those who may be interested in participating in the forum. Visit the forum web site for up-to-date information including agenda, plenary sessions, keynote speakers and registration beginning January 2010: http://epa.blhtech.com/2010TribalScienceForum.


date9/16/09

Native American Energy Auditor Training Course

The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) has entered into a partnership with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada and the United Tribes Technical College to provide training to Native Americans in energy auditing.

For more information, see the program brochure (PDF) (2pp, 314k)

Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) are sponsoring the Indian Student Renewable Energy Challenge, a contest open to students in tribal colleges, tribally operated high schools, and BIE high schools. The challenge is to develop designs for small wind turbine systems to power an array of LEDs. Competitive designs must be submitted by October 31, 2009.

For more information, see the Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge announcement at:
http://www.dep.anl.gov/IndianEd_EnergyChallenge/index.htm

You may also contact Ashley Stockdale (IEED) at (202) 219-0740 with questions.

Indian Energy Solutions Conference to Be Held November 3 – 5, 2009, in Tulsa, OK

The annual Indian Energy Solutions (IES) conference brings together Tribal leaders, industry experts, and government representatives to explore and understand current trends in energy development and how they may address the needs of Tribal communities. The conference, organized by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, will be hosted by The Osage Nation. The conference will include three days of technical talks and the 30th annual American Spirit Award Dinner.

For more information, see the Indian Energy Solutions Conference brochure and Web site at:
http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=748373


date9/15/09

EPA Administrator Jackson's Note to Tribal Colleagues on the Loss of Carol Jorgensen (PDF) (1pg, 242k)


date9/9/09

Air Toxics Data Analyses Workbook and Training Presentations (Webinar)

Information for the fall training series on the Air Toxics Data Analysis Workbook.  The workbook and training notebook are both posted on our AMTIC site at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html

Each training session is designed to be about 2 hours long - all calls are scheduled for Wednesday from 1-3pm EDT.

The call in number is the same for all the training:  866-299-3188  conf code 9195410773# 
To join the webinar, click the link for the specified date and dial the conference line.  The web link will differ for each training session as indicated below.  All sessions will be recorded and the recording posted the next week.  Materials for the classes will also be posted on the AMTIC site soon.
If you are new to webinars, there will be a test session on September 29th at 1pm EDT - please use this link  http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=460320

All training sessions will be held from 1-3pm EDT on Wednesdays. 

Fall training has been scheduled to complete training prior to the National Monitoring Conference:

September 30  Introduction to Air Toxics and Background http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=460224

October 7 -  Preparing Data for Analysis http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=460230

October 14 -  Characterizing Air Toxics http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=460245

October 21 -  Quantifying and Interpreting Trends in Air Toxics    http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=460258

October 28 -  Advanced Analysis http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=460268

8 hours of training  would be available to all participants.  All sessions will be recorded and posted on the above AMTIC website for download and reviewPlease send your email information to Barbara Driscoll at driscoll.barbara@epa.gov if you are interested in receiving a certificate.


Briefing on Indian Tribes and Climate Change Legislation -

Wednesday, September 9, 2009; 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Senate Indian Affairs Committee Room, SD-628
Sponsored by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Max Baucus (D-MT)
All Senators, Senate Staff and interested parties are invited to attend a briefing about tribal provisions in climate change legislation.

Indian tribes are exceedingly vulnerable to, and disproportionately impacted by climate change. In North America, Indian tribes manage more than 95 million acres of natural-resource rich land and have thousands of years of experience adapting to changes in the landscape and climate. Remarkably, North American tribes have also experienced disproportionate environmental and economic impacts due to climate change. With valuable natural resources and knowledge, Indian tribes are poised to share experiences, and discuss and find collaborative solutions that will limit these impacts. Please join us for a briefing to learn how federal climate legislation can help Indian tribes deal with the impacts of climate change.
Briefing Paper (PDF 2 PP, 102 KB)


EPA Seeks Public Input on National Enforcement Priorities Through Online Forum
Release date: 08/31/2009
Contact Information: Deb Berlin, or 202-564-4914, 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched an online discussion forum to receive public input on the future priorities for EPA’s national enforcement program.
The public will be able to provide feedback through the EPA Web site until December 1, giving them a forum to submit ideas for EPA to consider for new areas of enforcement focus. All ideas will be evaluated and considered for recommendation to the EPA administrator about the future direction of EPA’s national enforcement and compliance priorities. The current enforcement priorities through 2010 focus on significant environmental problems, including pollution from stormwater runoff, air toxics, concentrated animal feeding operations, and mineral processing.
To submit suggestions for potential priorities: http://blog.epa.gov/enforcementnationalpriority/
Information on the enforcement priorities: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/priorities/index.html


date8/27/09

Weekly Newsletter from US Dept of Energy

date8/26/09

Southwest Renewable Energy Conference (SWREC) Flagstaff, AZ Sept 10 - 11, 2009

Please join us on September 10th and 11th in Flagstaff, Arizona on the campus of Northern Arizona University for the 2009 Southwest Renewable Energy Conference –Integrating State and Federal Policy with Technology to bring Renewables to the Grid.
Now in its seventh year, the 2009 Southwest Renewable Energy Conference is a forum for sharing developments in technology and policy. SWREC fosters thoughtful evaluation and discussions on the development of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy on tribal, federal, state and private lands. A diverse range of pre and post conference sessions and two concurrent tracks of panel sessions-Policy and Technical-offer participants options to fit their own background, experience and professional development interests
For more information, or to register, please visit: www.swrec.org
or email Kara Kelty: kara@karakelty.com


date8/19/09

Cancellation of August 19 Air Toxics Workbook Training.

Unfortunately, the person giving the webinar tomorrow (8-19) is ill, so we are cancelling that day of training and adding Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1-3pm EDT   I apologize if this causes any inconvenience.  The training will be recorded and posted as usual if people can not attend the Sept 2 date.  

You will use the link to access the materials on your computer and the phone line for hearing the presentation and discussion.
You will be requested to register when you log in for the last 2 training sessions.  
The conference number is the same:   866-299-3188  conf code 9195410773#  

The schedule will now be:
August 26 - Quantifying and Interpreting Trends in Air Toxics   http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432061

September 2  - Advanced Analysis     http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432041


date8/18/09

$150M - US Department of Labor Funding for Pathways Out of Poverty - Applications are due on September 29, 2009

  • Purpose
    • The purpose of the Pathways Out of Poverty SGA is to: (1) Fund programs to provide training, education and job placement assistance for workers; and (2) Prepare individuals seeking pathways out of poverty for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, including occupational training, work readiness training, and supportive services as needed
    • Eligible Applicants
      • Private not-for-profit and public entities (2 categories):
      1.         National entities:
      • Private not-for-profit which delivers services in 4 or more states through networks of local partners
      • Must serve 3 to 7 communities between 2 or more states
      2.         Local entities:
      • Public entities or private not-for-profits whose service area is limited to a single sub-state geographic region
      • Must serve one single community
      • All applicants must involve required partners:
        • The education and training community; Labor organizations; Nonprofits with direct access to the targeted populations; Employers or industry organizations; The public workforce system (WIBs, One-Stops)
    • Awards
      • Up to $150M nationwide
      • National entities will receive awards of $3M to $8M
      • Local entities will receive awards of $2M to $5M (smaller awards possible)
      • Local entities who receive an award cannot receive sub-grants or sub-contracts from national entities who receive an award
    • Participants to be Served
      • Eligible categories of participants are:
      • Unemployed individuals; High school drop-outs (18 years of age or older); Individuals with criminal records; Disadvantaged individuals living in areas of high poverty
      • Within these four categories, eligible participants may serve a broad range of individuals, including:
      • Veterans (Priority must be given to veterans and eligible spouses); Individuals with disabilities; Individuals with limited English proficiency; Indian and Native Americans; Older workers
    • Proposed Activities
      • All projects must incorporate training activities that:
        • Address skills and competencies of the targeted industries.
        • Support advancement on a defined career path (if one exists in the targeted industries)
        • Take place at times and locations that are convenient and easily accessible for the targeted populations
        • Integrate supportive services to ensure participants have the necessary support to overcome barriers to employment
        • (As appropriate) Result in a pre-existing industry-recognized degree or certificate
        • (As appropriate) Include basic skills training
        • Grant funds may not be used for wage subsidies
        • For Complete Information on Application Please Review the Federal Register Notice at
          http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-08-19.pdf

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date8/13/09

National Performance Audit Program (NPAP) for National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

"This is notification of an August 6, 2009 letter from Chet Wayland, director of the Air Quality Assessment Division,
to the EPA Regional Air Division Directors concerning the implementation of the
National Performance Audit Program (NPAP) for National Ambient Air Quality Standards
(NAAQS) gases, the PM2.S Performance Evaluation Program (PM2.s-PEP), and stating this year,
the implementation of the Pb Performance Evaluation Program (Pb-PEP).

This memorandum is our annual follow-up to provide monitoring organizations time to make an informed decision
whether to implement these performance evaluations or to approve a re-direction of State and
Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) to EPA. If re-direction is chosen, EPA will implement these
audit activities as associated program support. State, local and Tribal organizations are requested to respond by September 4, 2009.

Questions should be directed to the Regional NPAP and PM2.5/Pb PEP leads. The documents are posted on the Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/npepqa.html. Detailed adequacy requirements can be found under the respective program headings also accessed on this page.
Memorandum (PDF 9 pp, 837 kb)
PEP Adequacy Requirement (PDF 9 pp, 51 kb)


date8/04/09

Air Toxics Data Analysis Workbook Training Webinar Series

This is sent to ensure people have the correct weblink - You may join the call 15 minutes early to ensure that everything is working correctly.  This will also help us to start on time.
The   Air Toxics Data Analysis Workbook  and a shorter pdf for the Workbook that will be used in our training is  on our AMTIC site at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html .

The call in number is the same for all the training:  866-299-3188  conf code 9195410773#  
To join the webinar, click the link and dial the conference line.  The web link will differ for each training session as indicated below.  All sessions will be recording and the recording posted the next week.  Materials for the classes will also be posted on the AMTIC site soon.
All training sessions will be held from 1-3pm EDT on Wednesdays.  

Note - the weblink for 8/12 has changed from the previous message.
The schedule for summer training:

July 29 -    Introduction to Air Toxics and Background     http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432008

August 5 -  Preparing Data for Analysis                             http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432018

August 12 -   Characterizing Air Toxics                             http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432034

August 19 -  Quantifying and Interpreting Trends in Air Toxics     http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432041

August 26  -  Advanced Analysis                   http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=432061

8 hours of training  would be available to all participants.  Please send me an email that you are interested in a certificate for training credit.  I will send out all certificates via email at the end of the sessions.
If you should miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and posted on the above AMTIC website for download and review


date7/22/09

EPA Webinar on Solar Power Purchase Agreements, July 28, 2009

On Tuesday, July 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Partnership will host a Webinar on solar power purchase agreements (SPPA). A SPPA is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains a photovoltaic system and a host customer (e.g., a business, municipal government, or university) agrees to site the system on its roof or elsewhere on its property and purchase the system’s electric output for a pre-determined period. Participants will learn:
- How SPPAs can overcome many of the traditional barriers to solar adoption;
- The benefits and challenges of an SPPA to the host customer;
- The SPPA model’s impact on the solar market;
- Who is doing SPPAs and why;
- Ideal host customer characteristics;
- How solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) ownership affects a host customer’s carbon footprint and its ability to make environmental claims; and
- The steps necessary for a successful SPPA.

Presenters will be:
- James Critchfield, U.S. EPA
- TBD, SunEdison
- Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Staples

Register for the Webinar at
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/467755970


date7/22/09

Community Renewable Energy Development

This grant is open to Federally recognized Native American Tribal Governments. Projects should address the technical, economic, and policy barriers to implementing a combination of renewable energy technologies into one integrated solution for a community to reduce its carbon footprint. Projects should support and enable the deployment goals across the portfolio of EERE's renewable energy programs, with the intent of creating examples that can be further replicated by other communities, nationally and internationally. Eligible renewable energy technologies for purposes of this FOA include but are not limited to, electric or thermal energy generated from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal), geothermal, or new hydroelectric generation capacity achieved from increased efficiency or additions of new capacity at an existing hydroelectric project, as defined in EPAct 2005. Applications are due 3 September 2009.

FYI - In case you are interested and don't already know. This DOI website may also be helpful to tribes considering applying for the Community Renewable Energy Development. http://teeic.anl.gov/


date7/21/09

ICLEI Webinar Series Focuses on Innovative Financing for Local Governments

ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability is holding a series of five
webinars in July and August, 2009, on promoting residential energy
efficiency and renewable energy efforts using municipal financing models.
The webinars highlight local programs that use innovative financing methods
to promote increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy among
residents, businesses, and other organizations.

Webinars will highlight financing programs in four local communities across
the United States, including Babylon, New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts;
Berkeley, California; and Boulder, Colorado. The fifth webinar will focus
on the topic of setting up a city-scale retrofit program. Recordings of
most of the webinars will be archived on ICLEI’s website for later viewing
if you can’t join the live meetings.

For dates and times, and to register for the webinars, please visit:
http://www.icleiusa.org/news-events/event-folder/iclei-webinar-on-energy-
financing-models-long-island-green-homes


date7/14/09

DOE Solar Adoption and Workforce Development Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a funding opportunity for
up to $10.5 million to increase the ability of local governments to
accelerate solar energy adoption and workforce development. Funding for the
five-year awards is subject to annual appropriations. Through this new
funding opportunity, DOE will provide local governments across the United
States with useful, timely information on increasing solar energy use.

Through the Solar America Cities program, a partnership effort with 25
large U.S. cities, DOE has developed guides, case studies, and tool kits to
help local governments promote solar energy. Under this new effort, DOE
will partner with outreach organizations to get these tools into the hands
of local government officials and stakeholders.

Applications for this funding are due by October 15, 2009. More information
can be found at:
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/financial_opps_detail.html?sol_id=282


Native American Housing Block Grants (07/13/2009)


This grant assists tribes in developing, operating, maintaining, and supporting affordable housing for rental and homeownership housing. Funds can be used for acquisition, new construction, rehabilitation of affordable housing, site improvement, development and rehabilitation of utilities and infrastructure, utility services, conversion, demolition, financing, administration and planning, improvement to achieve greater energy efficiency, mold remediation, investments that leverage private sector funding or financing for renovations, and energy conservation retrofit investments. Applications are due 30 September 2009. Actual link to grant is:
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=2XhyKbpGfPTjtW9pLxLfzQYK7nMcPJnNvvnvPK34xyrdlynQBhJJ!825478919?oppId=45923&mode=VIEW


date7/09/09

Launch of the CDC National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is proud to announce the launch of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) at www.cdc.gov/ephtracking. The Tracking Network is a dynamic Web-based tool that tracks and reports environmental hazards and the health problems that may be related to them.

It allows scientists, health professionals, and members of the public to see where these hazards and health problems are occurring and how they are changing over time. The Tracking Network offers information for many environmental hazards and health conditions, such as asthma, cancer, and air and water contaminants.
The Network is the result of collaboration with 17 local and state health departments; numerous centers and programs within CDC, including NCEH/ATSDR, NCBDDD, NCHS, NCCDPHP, and NCPHI; and four federal partners, including NASA, NCI, EPA, and USGS.
Come explore the Tracking Network today and check out our YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/user/CDCStreamingHealth.
For questions, please contact Lisa Hines lhines@cdc.gov or 770-488-3838.


DOE Announces Funding for Local-Level Solar Installer Training

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new funding opportunity
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand solar
photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) system installer
training. The closing date for applications is July 30, 2009.
DOE has allocated a total of $27 million for these awards. The funding
opportunity is open to all domestic institutions and entities. Funding will
be provided to expand training and professional development to instructors
who are creating or improving existing training courses for their local PV
or SHC installation workforce. Funding will also be provided to administer
the National Consortium for Solar Installer Instructor Training, which will
regularly convene stakeholders from industry, education, government, and
other organizations to meet DOE’s objectives to expand instructor capacity
in the PV and SHC installer fields.

To read the full funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000078), visit
https://www.fedconnect.net and click on “Search Public Opportunities” on
the right-hand side of the page. Under “Search Criteria,” select “Issuing
Office,” enter “Golden Field Office,” then click on “Search.” Once the
screen comes up, look for the announcement named “Recovery Act: Solar
Market Transformation.” The announcement is split into two topics; the
solar installer training is covered under Topic 2.

Applications must be submitted through FedConnect to be considered for
award. Applicants must register with FedConnect; instructions for
registering are available in the FedConnect Quick Start Guide at:
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf


date7/07/09

Request for Proposals: Indoor Environments: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants

This email announces the Funding Opportunity and Request for Proposals
for the Indoor Environments: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor
Pollutants. You can find this announcement on the websites listed
below. Please note that the closing date for this funding opportunity
is Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm (EDT). Any questions should be
sent to QsonNationalIndoorAirRFP2009@epa.gov. Please check periodically
the websites below for questions and answer responses, changes and
modifications.

Air and Radiation Website:
http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

Under: Office of Radiation & Indoor Air RFA#EPA-OAR-ORIA-09-09 - Closing Date: September 14, 2009


Q&A for Climate Showcase Communities Grants on July 8th.

On Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 2 pm EDT, EPA will hold a webcast to review
the Climate Showcase Communities Grants and answer questions from potential
applicants. Please note, we can not provide input about specific projects
on the call, the Q and A will be to answer questions about the federal
grant application process or to clarify items in the Request for
Applications.
The Climate Showcase Communities grant program aims to create replicable
models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and
persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental,
economic, public health, or social conditions in a community. Eligibility
for the program includes local governments (e.g., a county, municipality,
city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special
district, intrastate district, council of governments), federally
recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia.

After a short PowerPoint presentation, participants in the webcast will be
able to submit questions in writing which will be answered by EPA
representatives. The webcast will not be recorded, but all questions
submitted during the webcast will be answered and posted online.

To register for the webcast, please visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/940056931

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for participating
after submitting your registration.

Before participating in the webcast, please read the Request for
Applications:
http://epa.gov/air/grants/09-08.pdf
and the questions which have already been answered about the grant:
http://epa.gov/air/grants/09-08qa.pdf

For more information about the grants, please visit:
http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/showcase.html


date6/30/09

Subject: EPA's proposed revision to the NO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard -- summary and presentation by EPA staff
Time: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1:30pm -- 2:00pm
Call in: 919/541-4087 (no access code required)

Background:
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set national ambient air quality standards for “criteria pollutants.” Currently, nitrogen oxides and five other major pollutants are listed as criteria pollutants. The law also requires EPA to periodically review the standards and revise them if appropriate to ensure that they provide the requisite amount of health and environmental protection and to update those standards as necessary. EPA is under a court deadline to review the NO2 NAAQS by June 26, 2009.

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ) is one of a group of highly reactive gasses known as “oxides of nitrogen.” NO2 forms quickly from emissions from cars, trucks and buses, power plants, and off-road equipment. In addition to contributing to the formation of ground-level ozone, and fine particle pollution, NO2 is linked with a number of adverse effects on the respiratory system.


date6/25/09

Carcieri Tribal Consultation Letter

Attached is the Tribal Consultation Letter penned by Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Mr. Larry Echo Hawk. Please feel free to distribute to tribes with whom you have contact. DOI has asked us, however, that we not share this letter with anyone other than tribes. Please respect those wishes.


2002 National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment has been released.

The press announcement is at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/85F4205112EAC937852575DF0001C83B
The purpose of the national-scale assessment is to identify and prioritize air toxics, emission source types and locations which are of greatest potential concern in terms of contributing to population risk. The 2002 NATA website is at: http://epa.gov/ttn/atw/nata2002/


date6/16/09

Climate Showcase Communities Grant


Thanks everyone again for your interest in and help with the Climate Showcase Communities Grant. The Request for Applications was published this morning, and the press release about the program just went out. We hope that you will help us circulate the announcement by sending it out to your listservs and mailing lists, posting it online, including it in newsletters, or any other mechanisms you have available.

I am attaching a short Q&A that may be helpful in promoting the grant. I have attached a pdf as well as including the text of the pdf below. Please use whichever format is more convenient for you.

To view the RFA, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/09-08.pdf

To view the press release about the grant, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/7ebdf4d0b217978b852573590040443a/e2d4e47e1638fb46852575d6005fc2af!OpenDocument

To view the grant website, please visit: http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/showcase.html

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. If potential applicants come to you with questions, please direct them to the RFA which contains an email address to send questions to. We will answer questions and post them online on a rolling basis. We also expect to hold a conference call next week to provide an overview and answer questions about the grant. I will provide additional information about that call to you as soon as we are able to schedule it.

EPA is announcing the availability of up to $10 million in "Climate Showcase Communities" grants for local and tribal governments to establish and implement climate change initiatives. EPA requests proposals which create replicable models of sustainable community action, generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions, and improve the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community.

How many grants will be awarded?
The agency expects to award a total of approximately 30 cooperative agreements ranging from approximately $100,000 to $500,000. Approximately 5% of the funds ($500,000) are set-aside for tribal governments. EPA expects to award 1-3 grants under the tribal set aside.

Who is eligible for the grant program?
Eligibility for the program includes local governments (a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government), federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia.

Are applicants required to provide matching funds?
A 50% cost-match or cost-share is required for this program with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia which are exempt from matching requirements. The cost share and/or match can be in the form of cash or as in-kind contributions, such as use of volunteers and/or donated time, equipment, expertise, etc.

What is the application deadline?
Proposals are due by July 22, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. An optional notice of intent to apply is requested by July 1, 2009.

Who will administer the grant program?
The Grant program is administered by EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program, an initiative to assist local and tribal governments to identify, implement, and track policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their operations and surrounding communities.

What resources will be available to grant recipients?
Over the course of the grant program, EPA will offer peer exchange, trainings, and technical support to grant recipients. Each grant recipient will be profiled online and in EPA materials. EPA will share lessons learned from the grant program with communities across the nation.

For more information:
http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/showcase.html

To view the RFA:
http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/09-08.pdf


date6/11/09

Air Toxics Data Analysis training to be conducted in summer and fall of 2009

EPA will soon be posting the document Air Toxics Data Analysis Workbook which is designed as an overview of air toxics data analysis including suggestions on the methodology to use in analyzing air toxics data. This document will be posted on our AMTIC site at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html in the next few weeks.

In order to support release of the workbook, EPA is provide training via webinars in five, 2-hr sessions. We are scheduling 2 hours of time to allow for questions and answers even though actual training may not take the entire time.

Both training sessions will be held from 1-3pm EDT on Wednesdays.

The schedule for summer training:

July 29 - Introduction to Air Toxics and Background
August 5 - Preparing Data for Analysis
August 12 - Characterizing Air Toxics
August 19 - Quantifying and Interpreting Trends in Air Toxics
August 26 - Advanced Analysis

Fall training has been scheduled to complete training prior to the National Monitoring Conference:

September 30 - Introduction to Air Toxics and Background
October 7 - Preparing Data for Analysis
October 14 - Characterizing Air Toxics
October 21 - Quantifying and Interpreting Trends in Air Toxics
October 28 - Advanced Analysis

8 hours of training would be available to all participants. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the above AMTIC website for download and review.

Additional information regarding links for the webinar will be sent out in July.


date6/10/09

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

The Wood Smoke Team at EPA wants to highlight the Department of Energy's funding opportunites. There are several being offered, but of special interest is the "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program".
Wood stove and heater replacement programs certainly respond to the purpose of this funding (see below). More information about the funding opportunity can be found at www.eecbg.energy.gov and the telephone number is 877.337.3463. I called and asked the question, "Are wood stove replacement programs eligible?" The person who answered the DOE phone didn't know, but strongly encouraged people to apply for it. The deadline to register and apply is June 25. DOE said that applicants should not be concerned about getting the application "wrong", they are willing to work with you to get it right. But you have to register and apply!

Here is a paragraph from their website:
Program Purpose
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program, funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, represents a Presidential priority to deploy the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have - energy efficiency and conservation - across the country. The Program, authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and signed into law on December 19, 2007, is modeled after the Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is intended to assist U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs designed to:
Reduce fossil fuel emissions;
Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities;
Improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors; and
Create and retain jobs.
Through formula and competitive grants, the Program empowers local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation's long-term goals for energy independence and leadership on climate change.


date6/9/09

Guide for Tribal Governments: Proposed Mandatory Reporting of GHG Rule

The proposed Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) rule, in general,
would require annual reporting to EPA by suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial
gases, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000
metric tons or more per year of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The emissions
that would be reported are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide
(N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride
(SF6), and other fluorinated compounds.

Visit EPA's Web site (www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html)
for more information, including the proposed preamble and rule and additional
information sheets on specific industries, or go to <www.regulations.gov> to
access the rulemaking docket (EPA-HQ OAR-2008-0508). For questions that cannot
be answered through the Web site or docket, call 1-877-GHG-1188.

date5/20/09

EPA will soon be posting the document Air Toxics Data Analysis Workbook

which is designed as an overview of air toxics data analysis including suggestions on the methodology to use in analyzing air toxics data. This document will be posted on our AMTIC site at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html in early June.

In order to support release of the workbook, EPA would like to provide training via webinars in five, 1-2 hr sessions:
1. Introduction to Air Toxics and Background
2. Preparing Data for Analysis
3. Characterizing Air Toxics
4. Quantifying and Interpreting Trends in Air Toxics
5. Advanced Analysis

8 hours of training would be available to all participants. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the above AMTIC website for download and review.

We are soliciting information on:

1. Level of interest - Please respond if you are interested in the training

2. Time of year for training: Please indicate timing preference
A. Summer - we can currently offer the training every Wednesday for 5 weeks starting July 29 through August 26 from 1-3 pm depending on length of presentation and interaction.
B. Fall - Dates to be determined but training would be 5 weeks starting in October and extend into early November.

Please provide your input to Barbara Driscoll at driscoll.barbara@epa.gov by June 5, 2009.


date5/20/09

EPA Webcast May 21: Integrating Energy Efficiency into New and Existing
Homes

On Thursday, May 21, 2009, EPA is hosting a webcast for local governments
entitled "Integrating Energy Efficiency into New and Existing Homes."

The webcast will provide an overview of EPA’s ENERGY STAR programs for new
and existing homes. In addition, communities will showcase how they
integrate energy efficient practices into their residential sector. The
webcast will conclude with a question and answer session. Background
information for new and existing homes is available at:

http://www.energystar.gov/homes
and
www.energystar.gov/homeimprovement

The webcast will be held on May 21, 2009, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM (Eastern).
Priority for registration will be given to local and regional government
staff and officials. If multiple staff from your agency wish to
participate, please share one computer and phone line. EPA will record and
post the webcast on its Clean Energy website for interested parties who are
not able to participate during the live training.

To register for the webcast, send an e-mail with your name and your
organization to CleanEnergyWebcast@icfi.com. You will receive an email
notification within 48 hours with a confirmation of your registration.

EPA’s Local Climate and Energy program hosts regular monthly training
webcasts on specific clean energy topics. Upcoming webcast topics include
energy efficiency in K-12 schools, combined heat and power, transportation
control measures, smart growth, and urban heat islands. For more
information or to view past webcasts, visit:

http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/webcast.html

***Join ENERGY STAR’s Campaign to Change the World

"Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR" is a national campaign
encouraging Americans to join with millions of others and take small,
individual steps that make a big difference in the fight against global
warming. Of the many ways to join the campaign, municipalities can take a
leadership role by inviting their communities to take the pledge and
empower residents to start making a difference in their own homes.

http://www.energystar.gov/changetheworld

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=globalwarming.showAtHome


 

BRICK MACT RULING MAY HAVE BROAD IMPACTS ON POWER PLANT FUEL MIXES ( Inside EPA )


5/15/2009
EPA is raising what appear to be first-time questions about whether a proposed power plant must adjust the coal mix it plans to use to reduce air toxics emissions in a maximum achievable control technology (MACT) permit, suggesting broad application of a federal court’s ruling that vacated EPA’s MACT standard for brick and clay production facilities over the agency’s failure to consider requiring facilities to use cleaner clay.
One industry source says the court’s ruling opened “the can of worms” of whether to impose requirements on fuel mixes in MACT standards for a wide range of facilities. As a result of the 2007 ruling, EPA has “no flexibility, they must consider it as a factor . . . and that’s a problem,” the source says.
Environmentalists say that the Obama EPA’s approach is a “dramatic shift” from the Bush administration’s approach, which activists say was designed to limit the scope of what MACT reviews can consider.
EPA raised the fuel mix issue in May 4 comments sent to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on a draft MACT permit for a proposed power plant in the state. The agency questions whether the plant must adjust its coal mix to reduce hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in addition to installing emissions control technology.
The comments by EPA headquarters officials cite the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Sierra Club v. EPA that vacated EPA’s brick and clay MACT over the agency’s failure to consider requiring facilities to use cleaner clay in order to cut emissions. “Did the state set limits or control requirements to address all emitted HAPs and did they look beyond add-on technology in determining the MACT floor (technology is one indicator of best performance but, as the Brick court points out, may not be dispositive) ?” the comments ask. Relevant documents are available on InsideEPA.com.
An environmentalist attorney familiar with the brick and clay ruling says that consideration of fuel mix was explicit in the decision.
But this appears to be EPA’s first acknowledgment that the ruling’s scope extends to coal blends in addition to raw materials used by facilities such as brick and cement plants.
“What the case confirmed is that the minimum stringency for emission standards under [Clean Air Act] section 112 have to reflect the emission level the best sources achieve. It doesn’t matter what they do or how they get there, and that necessarily includes everything that influences emissions, intentional and unintentional.” The source adds that EPA’s comments look “absolutely correct” in how the agency is now interpreting the ruling and that it is a dramatic shift from Bush administration officials who sought to limit the reach of MACT.
The agency’s comments closely mirror environmentalists’ own adverse comments on the draft LDEQ permit issued for the proposed Big Cajun I plant, a second activist says, calling it a “good signal” that EPA is taking a close look at case-by-case MACT reviews, which are being done until EPA finalizes a national MACT for the sector.
“With Big Cajun planning on using pet coke for some of the fuel source, that is a high-sulfur coal, and EPA is saying they have to look at the grades of coal and determine whether changing the fuel mix could also result in reduced emissions of HAPs, instead of just saying they will take the fuel as a given,” the source explains.
But a second power industry source says it would be hugely problematic for industry if EPA pursues mandating changes in coal blends because coal from the same sinks can have widely varying levels of mercury and other metals, and that such an approach could also severely curtail use of lignite coal because power plants burning the low-grade coal are sited next to the mines.
The source notes that when EPA first proposed a MACT in 2004, industry suggested subcategorizing based on coal blends and that industry still supports that approach as well as limiting the MACT to add-on controls.
But a state source says that a new approach mandating the types of fuel feedstock that power plants and other facilities can use as part of a MACT standard is unlikely because EPA is “pointing out that the court said clearly that the standards must be based on emissions levels actually achieved by the best performers, not the emissions levels achievable by the best-performing control technology in all circumstances. Thus, if the best performing source limited HAPs through adjustment of the coal mix, then that should also be considered by Big Cajun.”
The EPA headquarters’ officials comments supplement concerns raised by EPA Region IV officials over the draft permit, which also question whether the MACT applies during startup, shutdown and malfunction. This follows a late 2008 D.C. Circuit ruling in another case known as Sierra Club v. EPA vacating an EPA rule exempting so-called upset events from permit limits.
“It is recommended that LDEQ address the portion of [environmentalists’] original comment that discusses the ‘hot spot’ incomplete combustion events that result from start-up and shut-down, and shifts in fuel, etc. For instance, LDEQ may want to explain whether or not the emission limits and controls take into account these types of events,” EPA Region IV comments say.
The agency is also questioning whether the state is setting limits to address all HAPs, not just mercury, through use of surrogate pollution monitoring.
“This is a short-hand reference to the question of whether every pollutant is addressed, both by use of surrogates and ones that don’t have surrogates,” the second activist explains.
And the region’s comments back environmentalists complaints that a non-MACT issue be addressed. “It is strongly recommended that LDEQ address [environmentalists’] comment on the lack of a [prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit] analysis. Although this is a [Title V] reopening to incorporate the case-by-case MACT determination, the comment that a PSD analysis is needed is valid.”
The environmentalist says activists are pleased with EPA’s comments on the draft permit, noting the agency is asking questions rather than issuing objections, and is “trying to get LDEQ to do the right thing by raising these issues” on a draft permit, rather than a final one.
LDEQ officials could not be reached for comment. -- Dawn Reeves.


date5/12/09

May is Asthma Awareness Month and EPA has radio public service announcements in Native American Lanugages that are available for tribal communities to use, free of charge. Native Americans suffer disproportionately from asthma, so this is a timely and important feature topic.

Here is the link to the radio campaign: http://www.epapsa.com/campaigns/nativeamerican/

For more information please contact:
Alisa Smith
Office of Air and Radiation
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
Indoor Environments Division
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/
202-343-9372
e-mail: smith.alisa@epa.gov


date4/29/09

Vacancy Announcement Reg 6-DE-2009-0006, Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-15, EPA, Region 6, Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs

The vacancy announcement for Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-15, PA, Region 6, Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, has been cancelled.
The vacancy is being re-announced under vacancy number Reg 6-DE-2009-0012. The announcement opens April 28, 2009 and closes May 18, 2009. The position is being re-announced in order to reflect the knowledge of and experience with issues confronted by EJ communities and Native American Tribes; such knowledge and experience were not given weight in the previous announcement. Mandatory selective factors have been incorporated into the new announcement that require knowledge of and experience with developing solutions to Environmental Justice and/or Native American Tribal government environmental issues.
To be considered for this position you will need to reapply to the new vacancy on-line through USAjobs and resubmit all documentation required in the announcement. http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/
We appreciate your interest in working with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact Vicki Broach, 214-665-6539.

Vacancy Announcement (PDF 8 pp, 12 kb)

Vacancy Announcement Info (PDF 1 pp, 25 kb)


date4/28/09

Consulting with Indian Tribal Governments (PDF 26 PP, 2,549 kb)

The OAQPS Tribal Team recently completed the “Consulting with Indian Tribal Governments.” This guidance describes OAQPS’ views regarding tribal consultation and will help assist OAQPS personnel in reviewing it's actions for effects on tribes and consulting with tribes. Early and meaningful tribal involvement is consistent with the federal trust responsibility to federally-recognized tribes and furthers the Agency’s overall goal of protecting human health and the environment. If you have any questions, please contact Laura McKelvey, mckelvey.laura@epa.gov


EPA Releases eGRIDweb: Electric Power Emissions Data at Your Fingertips

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released eGRIDweb
version 1.0, which is a new, user-friendly web-based application to select,
view, and export eGRID2007 data.
eGRID (the Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database) contains
air pollution, generation, and resource mix data at different levels of
aggregation (boiler, generator, plant, companies, and grid regions) from
all power plants in the United States.

The air pollutants in eGRID are:
- carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, which are greenhouse gases
(GHGs);

- nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide, which are criteria air pollutants; and

- mercury, which is a toxic air pollutant.

eGRIDweb provides a new way to explore eGRID data. It also includes
viewable and downloadable eGRID subregion GHG output emission rates for
estimating indirect emissions from electricity purchases for inventories
and carbon footprinting, as well as for estimating emission reductions from
energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Reports, maps, and
frequently asked questions are also available on eGRIDweb. An eGRIDweb
users’ manual is available on the eGRID website.
The most recent edition of eGRID and the new eGRIDweb application contain
data on all operating U.S. power plants for years 2005 and 2004 and are
configured to reflect the industry structure as of 2007. The eGRID2007
spreadsheet data were first published as version 1.0 in October 2008 and
updated to version 1.1 in January 2009.

To access the new eGRIDweb application, visit:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/egridweb

To access eGRID, visit:
http://www.epa.gov/egrid


date4/23/09

Become a Certified Asthma Educator (PDF 1 PP, 117 KB)


NTF conference scholarship deadline extended.

Just a quick update regarding registration for the NTF conference. We've extended the scholarship deadline to April 30, 2009. But this extension is limited to lodging and per diem support only. Unfortunately we couldn't do the same for airfare support because logistically it becomes very difficult to process the requests given the amount of time we have remaining.

I will be sending an announcement out to the tribal air list serve shortly. Please forward to your regional tribal contacts as appropriate.
Thanks and if you have any questions let me know....
Mehrdad Khatibi
Associate Director
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
Phone (928) 523-0946
Fax: (928) 523-1266
http://www4.nau.edu/itep/

Virgil Masayesva Native American Environmental Education Scholarship
A scholarship fund has been established at Northern Arizona University in recognition of Virgil Masayesva and his tireless pursuit to advance Native American environmental education and protection issues around the country. For more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation please click on the link above.


Portland Cement MACT

Earlier this week we proposed the Portland Cement MACT (PDF 4 PP, 38 KB). There is at least one Portland Cement facility in Indian country but I thought you would like to be aware of this proposal because of the requirements for mercury reductions in the proposal.
Here is the link to the factsheet for the rule.
Keith Barnett, the rule writer will also walk you through the proposal on our next NTAA call which is scheduled for April 29 at 2:00 ET
Please let me know if you need additional information


date4/22/09

CARPER, INHOFE, BOXER & KERRY INTRODUCE BLACK CARBON BILL

Bipartisan Legislation Directs the EPA to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Black Carbon Emissions to Improve Worldwide Public Health and Reduce Global Warming Impacts

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2009) - On this Earth Day 2009, Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced legislation directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the environmental impact of black carbon and the most cost-effective ways to reduce its emissions to improve public health and reduce global warming.
Black carbon - a dangerous pollutant emitted by old, dirty diesel engines like school buses - is thought to be the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide.
This bipartisan bill directs the EPA to do a four-phase study that 1) develops a universal definition of black carbon; 2) identifies global black carbon sources and reduction technologies; 3) identifies current and possible international funding opportunities to mitigate black carbon emissions; and 4) identifies opportunities for future research and development.

The senators stressed that the United States has made progress in reducing this air pollutant by regulating new diesel engines and by a voluntary national diesel retrofit program. But, because the nation still has more than 11 million old diesel engines without proper emission control technology, black carbon remains a serious health and environmental threat.
"Taking bold steps to reduce black carbon emissions is a win-win situation because it will lessen the threat of global warming and improve global public health," Sen. Carper, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, said. "This EPA black carbon study will help us find the most cost-effective control ways to reduce a dangerous air pollutant."
"Domestically we have made great progress in reducing black carbon emissions though low sulfur diesel fuel and retrofit programs," Sen. Inhofe said. "It is important, however, to continue to research the effects of black carbon. This research may also lead to an understanding on how to lessen its impacts on developing countries, in Africa, China and India."
Sen. Boxer, Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, said "This legislation is an important step in our strategy to address black carbon emitted by dirty diesel engines. Black carbon is the second largest cause of global warming, and this bill will ensure that we have the information we need to address this dangerous pollutant."
"The science emphatically proves that black carbon has a larger impact on climate change than was previously understood and we can't escape reality. Additional findings from the EPA on the effects of soot emissions are needed so we can craft the best policy response to combat the climate crisis," said Sen. Kerry.
This black carbon study is due to Congress in one year.
CONTACT: Bette Phelan (Carper) 202-224-2441
Matt Dempsey (Inhofe) 202-224-9797
Peter Rafle (Boxer) 202-224-8332
Jodi Seth (Kerry) 202-224-4159


date4/22/09

Feedback on Wood Smoke Template/Control Strategy document (Word 8 PP, 81 KB)

EPA is hoping to get feedback from tribes on our first, fairly rough draft of the Wood Smoke Template/Control Strategy document. We shared it with several states and a few tribes who participated in the WESTAR Biomass Meeting in Reno, NV a couple weeks ago.
The purpose of the Wood Smoke Template/Control Strategy document is to provide state/local/tribal air pollution control officials with a comprehensive document that includes options to address wood smoke in a given community. We are hopeful that if a community makes use of the information and follows many of the control options in the template that this will expedite the SIP review process and perhaps facilitate earlier emission reductions and lesson the burden on the state or local. We believe the Template will be useful, not only for PM2.5 non-attainment areas, but for those areas that are close to exceeding the standard and are interested in taking actions early to prevent exceedances. Although our main focus is on PM2.5, certainly community based air toxics and indoor air programs would likely have an interest too.

We would like to get comments back by Monday, May 4th.
Thanks.
Great American Wood Stove Changeout, Team Leader www.epa.gov/woodstoves
Phone: 919-541-5398
Fax: 919-541-2664
brockman.larry@epa.gov


date4/21/09

Monthly Conference Call to be held April 29 2:00 ET call in number will be 1866-299-3188
Passcode 919-541-5624.

Stephen is moving and asked me to help schedule the call for this month. Please mark your Calendars for Wed April 29 at 2:00 ET. The call in number will be 1866-299-3188 Passcode 919-541-5624.
The draft agenda:
1) Designations communications policy - Tom Link
2) Update Tribal NSR Rule - Jessica Montanez
3) School Monitoring effort - Laura McKelvey
4) Communications - Laura McKelvey
5) NTF Conference agenda
6) NTAA update.

Please let Stephen or I know if there are any other suggestions on the agenda. Thanks
Laura McKelvey 919-541-5497


date4/17/09

Appellate Ruling Grants EPA 'Substantial Deference' Crafting Air Quality Plans

In a just-issued ruling a federal appellate court has granted EPA “substantial deference” in its ability to craft air quality plans in the absence of state plans, the second of two recent legal rulings that counter a slew of court decisions that cut back the Bush EPA's discretion.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit April 14 ruled to uphold EPA's federal implementation plan (FIP) for reducing emissions from a power plant on Navajo land in New Mexcio, and denied arguments raised by industry and environmentalists that the plan was arbitrary and capricious. The 10th Circuit also granted EPA's request to remand a portion of the plan that dealt with “fugitive” emissions that are not emitted from a stack or vent so that the agency could better explain the requirement in its federal air quality plan.
The ruling is significant because appellate courts have in recent years significantly restrained the agency's discretion to interpret federal law, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossing out core Bush administration rules for emissions of mercury, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides.
The Obama administration has indicated that regaining discretion for EPA rules is a key priority. The 10th Circuit ruling may boost the new administration's effort to restore courts' deference to EPA on policy matters, and comes just weeks after a Supreme Court ruling that backed EPA's discretion to consider cost in setting cooling water intake technology standards and undermined activists' efforts to block the use of cost-benefit analysis ( see related story ).
The 10th Circuit in its ruling granted the agency discretion in crafting the FIP, which the agency put in place to fill a regulatory void in the area. The Clean Air Act requires that all areas be covered by air plans, but New Mexico's state implementation plan does not cover tribal land and the Navajo nation had not developed its own air quality plan for the power plant.
The court defended EPA's plan against charges from environmentalists that EPA arbitrarily ignored a legal requirement to conduct comprehensive modeling and against charges from industry that the agency arbitrarily set its opacity limit, which is an indicator of soot pollution, and unfairly applied limits to pollution during plant malfunction.
Legal precedent gives EPA the most discretion when it comes to interpreting its own regulations, which in this case is the 1998 Tribal Authority Rule (TAR), and the TAR does not mandate that EPA conduct the modeling that activists were seeking, the court ruled. “Because the EPA’s interpretation of its own regulation is not 'plainly erroneous or inconsistent with the regulation,' we must defer to the EPA,” the court said.
The court also rejected industry's arguments that the opacity limit is arbitrary, because industry did not challenge the particulate matter limit that underlies the opacity limit and because industry did not provide a good basis for its arguments. The court also found that EPA's decision to apply the pollution limits to malfunction is consistent with agency policy.“We have found no authority saying that we can prevent the agency to which we owe substantial deference from implementing” a plan that is as or more strict than federal requirements, the court says.
The court also granted EPA's request to voluntarily remand the portion of the plan that applies to fugitive emissions. The agency had requested the remand because it believed it had not adequately explained the rationale for that portion of the rule.


EPA Webcast April 21: Integrating Energy Efficiency into Affordable Housing
More Information (PDF 2 pp, 13 KB)


date4/16/09

EPA will be initiating a series of 2 hour webinars on various air toxics studies.  This is the first presentation in that series.  

On Thursday, April 30 from 1-3pm East Coast time, we will be presenting a webinar on two air toxics topics from the 2008 Coordinating Research Council Mobile Source Workshop.  
The first presentation will be  Air Toxics in Mobile County, Alabama - A Monitoring and Modeling Study presented by Arlene Rosenbaum with ICF International.  The second presentation is  Near-Roadway Mobile-Source Air Toxics (MSATs)  Exposures Along U.S. 95 in Las Vegas, Nevada by Paul Roberts with Sonoma Technology Inc.
Presentation materials will be available the day of the presentation at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html .
You will need to register in advance for the webinar - To participate in the webinar - please send an email to Michael Letke - letke.michael@epa.gov


date3/26/09

Cancellation of the Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop - June 8-11, 2009

We are canceling the Air Toxics Data Analysis Workshop scheduled for June 8-11, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. In order to make this workshop beneficial to the participants, we needed a minimum expected attendance, which we did not reach. Many state, local, and tribal staff we hoped would be attending cited budgetary and travel restrictions by their agencies.

As an immediate alternative to the workshop, we are planning a series of air toxics webinars highlighting various air toxics studies which have been completed. We will also have a full day on air toxics information at the Air Monitoring Conference, November 2-5 in Nashville, Tennessee.


date3/18/09

Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act Partnership Grants

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2) Partnership Grants:

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting initial proposals to advance partnerships that focus on pesticide risk management issues with a special focus on integrated pest management (IPM) approaches. Awards are intended to support a diverse set of project types, including, but not limited to demonstrations, transfer of innovative IPM technologies, outreach, and education. This announcement provides qualification and application requirements to those interested in submitting initial proposals for fiscal year 2009. The total amount of funding available for award is expected to be $1 million which is authorized by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act and from the Science and Technology appropriation from the Office of the Science Advisor. The number of awards to be made under this announcement will depend on individual proposal costs, the availability of funds, and the quality of proposals received. This competition begins with a call for initial proposals from which candidates will be selected and offered an invitation to submit full applications. This announcement contains information on the format and content for the initial proposals as well as criteria for the evaluation of invited applications. The maximum funding level is $250,000 per project. The project period of performance is limited to two years from the award date.

The competition begins with a call for initial proposals from which candidates will be selected and offered an invitation to submit full applications. Initial proposals are due by April 15, 2009.
See the full announcement (PDF) (26pp, 148k).

As background, the goals of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act Partnership Grants are to:

  1. encourage partnerships between stakeholders, producers, commodity groups, scientists, extension, and local/state/federal government agencies to demonstrate, promote, and expand reduced risk/IPM practices;
  2. utilize demonstration projects, outreach, and/or education to increase the adoption of reduced risk/integrated pest management (IPM) approaches;
  3. quantitatively measure and document the effects and impacts of using the reduced risk/IPM programs on the environment, human health and community; and
  4. build business cases for the implementation and/or adoption of IPM approaches thereby providing pesticide users with solid business analyses of the costs of adopting IPM activities to help them make informed decisions and forward best practices.
  5. test the feasibility of new IPM strategies (i.e. environmentally-based) to control pests of public health importance.

date3/11/09

2009 National Tribal Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 2-4, 2009.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) would like to invite you to attend the 2009 Joint National Tribal Forum / National Tribal Air Association conference on Air Quality to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 2-4, 2009.

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 new leadership and air quality management priorities, tribal air program budget forecasts 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; Updates on the Tribal New Source Review rule; Indoor air quality; Student internships; and much, much more.

Scholarship and Registration Information:
Applicants can submit requests for stipends to cover hotel, per diem, and transportation costs (airfare and/or mileage reimbursement), however funds are limited and requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Per diem rate $39.00 / $99.00 lodging per day.
Registration and Travel Scholarship Deadline is April 13, 2009 :
If you have questions regarding registration contact Sharlene Brown at ITEP:
email: Sharlene.Brown@nau.edu
phone: (928) 523-5504

Click HERE to register online for 2009 NTF.
Display tables and booths will also be available for vendors and others needing room to display posters, products, and information. To reserve space please contact Stacey Sanchez at NTAA.
Email: Ssanchez@ntec.org phone: (505) 242-2175, ext. 105


date3/6/09

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 to to 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.


date3/3/09

The Northern Plains Tobacco Control Institute registration form and agenda are now available.

This must attend event will be taking place on April 21 st & 22 nd in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Institute is design to build our region’s capacity for implementing culturally competent, evidenced-based approaches to reducing tobacco use. We don’t get to bring such talented presenters and resources to our region that often so please take advantage of this unique event.
The Institute offers something for everyone. Participants can choose from four educational tracks:
1. Utilizing Best Practice in Commercial Tobacco Control – for everyone
2. Impacting Health Systems – for allied health professionals (certification through Arizona University)
3. Epidemiology and Data Use – for those interested in using their tribe’s health related data ( Hands-On : Intermediate level)
4. Youth Interventions that work – for teachers , counselors, and youth organization staff

The Northern Plains Tobacco Control Institute is free to all, but some tracks offer limited seating. Consider bringing other tobacco control stakeholders from within your community.
Register Now – Together we will work toward improving our community’s health.
Favian Kennedy
NPTPP Program Director
Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
605-721-1922 x 112

Don’t Forget to visit us on the web www.aatchb.org/nptpp
Agenda (PDF 7 PP, 421 KB)
Registration Form (PDF 2 PP, 56 KB)


date2/27/09

INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES (Level 1)- Las Vegas, Nevada- May 19-21, 2009

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration):  March 30, 2009
Download application form here: <http://www4.nau.edu/itep/trainings/docs/PreReg-IAQ-TAMS.pdf>

Course Description: This entry-level course is designed to provide an understanding of common indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in tribal homes and schools. The course includes an overview of indoor air pollutants and their health effects, IAQ assessment in homes and schools, and tips for solving IAQ problems. There is hands-on practice with a comprehensive assessment tool used to identify IAQ problems.

Topics Include:
• Indoor air concerns in tribal communities
• Overview of home construction and fundamentals of building science
• Mold and its health effects
• IAQ pollutants and cancer
• Household hazardous materials
• Combustion products
• Comprehensive assessment tool for identifying IAQ problems
• Equipment for assessing IAQ
• Outreach: prevention of IAQ problems
• Collaboration and resources

Who should attend: There is no prerequisite for this course. Preference will be given to tribes who send applicants from TWO different departments: environmental housing, and/or health. Preference will also be given to applicants who have an indoor air quality task in a grant work plan.

Course Structure and Approach: This course consists of lectures and a tribal case study, demonstrations, small-group activities, and a building walk-through.

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 16 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. 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 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.


date2/25/09

National Environmental Leadership Awards in Asthma Management

For the past five years, EPA has recognized health plans and health care providers for their leadership addressing environmental triggers as part of their comprehensive asthma care programs. This year, EPA introduces a new category to the competition - Community Organizations. This new category affirms the important contribution that these organizations bring to coordinating asthma care services within communities.
EPA will present this prestigious award to a health plan, a health care provider and a community organization at the Communities in Action National Forum in Washington, DC on June 4, 2009. Winning this award is a sign of excellence and confirmation of success in helping people with asthma lead healthy, active lives.
Apply now for EPA's National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management . The application deadline is March 5, 2009 . Learn more about the awards and how to apply at www.asthmaawards.info
Read about the 2008 Award Winners
Read about past winners
National Asthma Forum
Community leaders from across the nation will share best practices and discuss effective strategies for managing asthma and improving health outcomes for people with asthma in your community. Planning is underway for the 2009 Communities in Action for Asthma Friendly Environments National Asthma Forum. This year's National Asthma Forum will be held June 4-5, 2009 in Washington, DC . Registration open later this month, please check back. For more information, see www.epaasthmaforum.com
Join the Online Community Network
Join today and become a member of the Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments Online Network to access cutting-edge tools that facilitate collaboration, problem solving, and learning between leaders of asthma programs. The Online Network is a year-round resource for mentoring and collaboration designed to support your asthma management program. Visit and join the Online Community Network at www.asthmacommunitynetwork.org


DOE's Annual Competition for Tribal Energy Grants

The Department of Energy's annual competition for Tribal Energy Grants has come out. DOE is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations or Tribal Consortiums for installation of efficiency improvements to existing Tribally-owned buildings, including: energy efficiency improvements; and/or renewable energy system installations for building heating or cooling; or development of renewable energy projects; or construction of renewable energy projects for power production.

Agency Name: U.S. Department of Energy
Requiring Activity: GO - Golden Field Office (GO)
Funding Opportunity Title: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment in Indian Country
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-PS36-09GO99014
CFDA Code: 81.087
CFDA Title: Renewable Energy Research and Development
Time Zone for Due Date Times: Eastern Time
Application Due Date: 04/01/2009
Application Due Time: 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Explanation: To meet programmatic requirements.
Grant Officer Name: Sara Wilson
Grant Officer Phone: 303-275-4741
Grant Officer E-mail: pamela.brodie@go.doe.gov
Grant Specialist Name: Pamela Brodie
Grant Specialist Phone: 303-275-4741
Grant Specialist E-mail: pamela.brodie@go.doe.gov
Instrument Type: Grant
Solicitation Description: A link to the full Funding Opportunity Announcement is found by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

This is a restricted eligibility. Eligibility is is restricted to: (1) an Indian Tribe; (2) Tribal Energy Resource Development Organization; or (3) Tribal Consortium; (4) on whose Indian Lands the project(s) will be located. More specifically,

1) “Indian Tribe,” for purposes of this announcement, means any Indian tribe, band, nation or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.], which are recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

2) “Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations,” for purposes of this announcement and in accordance with EPAct 2005, means an “organization” of two or more entities, at least one of which is an Indian Tribe as defined above, that has the written consent of the governing bodies of all Indian Tribes participating in the organization to apply for a grant or loan, or other assistance under 25 U.S.C. § 3502. For purposes of this announcement and as defined under Section 503 of EPAct 2005, the term “organization,” means a partnership, joint venture, Limited Liability Company or other unincorporated association or entity that is established to develop Indian energy resources.

3) “Tribal Consortium” (plural consortia), for purposes of this announcement, means a group of organizations, at least one of which is an Indian Tribe as defined above, that have chosen to submit a single application. Under this announcement, a Tribal Consortium is eligible to submit an application provided the application is submitted by a single Tribe representing the consortium.

4) “Indian Lands” or “Indian Country” for purposes of this announcement, is defined as any land located within the boundaries of an “Indian reservation”, pueblo, or rancheria; any land not located within boundaries of an Indian reservation, pueblo, or rancheria, the title to which is held - in trust by the United States for the benefit of an Indian tribe or an individual Indian; by an Indian tribe or an individual Indian, subject to restriction against alienation under laws of the United States; or by a dependent Indian community; land that is owned by an Indian tribe and was conveyed by the United States to a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.), or that was conveyed by the United States to a Native Corporation in exchaange for such land; and lands held in fee simple (purchased or owned) or under a Federal land lease.

For purposes of this announcement and as defined under Section 503 of EPAct 2005, the term “Indian Reservation” includes an Indian reservation in existence in any State or States as of the date of enactment of Title V of EPAct 2005; a public domain Indian allotment; and a dependent Indian community located within the borders of the United States, regardless of whether the community is on original or acquired territory of the community; or within or outside the boundaries of any State or States.

Applications that propose a portion of the work to be performed by a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), as defined by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 35.017, will not be considered for award.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting applications for the development or construction of renewable energy projects or the implementation of energy efficiency improvements in Indian Country. This effort is being undertaken under the provisions of Title V of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005.

Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations or Tribal Consortiums for installation of efficiency improvements to existing Tribally-owned buildings, including: energy efficiency improvements; and/or renewable energy system installations for building heating or cooling; or development of renewable energy projects; or construction of renewable energy projects for power production.

Successful applications under building energy efficiency improvements must demonstrate the potential for a 30 percent reduction in energy usage and applications proposing the use of renewable energy systems for building heating and cooling must meet at least 30 percent of the building heating or cooling load. Applications for the development or construction of renewable energy projects less than 1 MW at the point of interconnection will not be considered.

Applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement must be accessed, completed, and submitted through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov to be considered for award. Questions regarding the content of the announcement should be submitted through the “Submit Question” feature of the DOE Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS) at http://e-center.doe.gov.

VERY IMPORTANT: To complete and submit applications through Grants.gov, there are several actions you must complete (e.g., obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, register with the Central Contract Registry (CCR), install the PureEdge Viewer, register with the credential provider, and register with Grants.gov). Applicants are highly encouraged to register as soon as possible and should allow at least 21 days to complete the registration process. When done, call the Grants.gov Helpdesk at 1-800-518-4726 to verify successful registration. Registration Instructions are found on the Grants.gov web site at http://www.grants.gov and in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Microsoft Vista and O ompatibility: Grants.gov is currently incompatible with both the new Microsoft (MS) Vista Operating System and the new Microsoft (MS) Office 2007 versions of Word, Excel, and Power Point. In order to create and submit your application to Grants.gov, you must find a computer with a previous version Microsoft Operating System, such as Windows XP.
If you attach a file created using MS Office 2007, you will not get an error message when you submit the application, HOWEVER, your entire application will not be able to be processed or accepted at Grants.gov and will not reach DOE. Grants.gov can accept applications with attachments created in MS Office 2007 if the attachments are saved in the prior format. See the http://www.grants.gov/assets/Vista_and_office_07_Compatibility.pdf for detailed instructions on how to do this. A file created in MS Office 2007 can be identified by the "x" at the end of the file extension, for example "sample.docx" for a Word file.

Help Mode: It is important to complete all the required fields in accordance with the pop-up instructions on the Application forms. To activate the instructions, turn on the “Help Mode” (Icon with the pointer and question mark at the top of the form). the operation of Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at support@grants.gov or 1-800-518-4726. Contact Center hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 7:00am to 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Category of Funding Activity: EN - Energy
Explanation of "Other" Category of Funding Activity:
Eligible Applicants: 07 - Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
Type of Action: Competitive
Estimated Total Funding Available: $3,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: Not Available
Anticipated Award Size:
Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
Award Floor: $200,000
Period of Performance:
Anticipated Start Date:
Status:1.
Announcement Issued
Date Posted: 01/27/2009
Proposal Disallowed Reason: Applications must be submitted via Grants.gov to be considered for award.
Archive Date: 05/27/2009

Link 1:
http://www.grants.gov
Link 1 Description:
Grants.gov web site

Link 2:
http://www.grants.gov/help/user_guides.jsp
Link 2 Description:
Grants.gov User Guide

Link 3:
http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp
Link 3 Description:
How to Apply

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date2/20/09

CARE Connection (sponsored by USEPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment)

Request for 2009 Applications: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
The Development, Community, and Environment Division in EPA’s Office of
Policy, Economics, and Innovation is seeking applications for technical
assistance from communities that want to incorporate smart growth in
their future development to meet environmental and other community
goals. Eligible entities are tribal, local, regional, and state
governments, and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated
partnership with a governmental entity. Applications are due at 5:00 pm
EST, April 23, 2009.
EPA has identified some key areas in which communities are likely to
benefit from technical assistance (free technical assistance available):

Climate change (both mitigation of and adaptation to)
Green job development
Corridor redevelopment
Green building development
Suburban retrofitting
Disaster resiliency

Proposals are not limited to requests for technical assistance in only
these thematic areas; other topics for assistance are welcome and
encouraged, provided they demonstrate cutting-edge challenges and the
possibility of replicable solutions.
EPA is soliciting applications for assistance with either policy
analysis or public participatory processes. The type of work may
incorporate policy analysis and review, planning and visioning
processes, scorecard/ranking criteria development and assessment, and/or
other elements pertinent to the role of the applicant.
Selected communities or states 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. EPA plans to assist three
to five communities over a period of twelve months. The Agency
anticipates announcing the selected communities in fall of 2009. For
more information and application materials, visit
http://epa.gov/smartgrowth/2009_sgia_rfa.htm .


Registration for the first of 6 green infrastructure webcasts (on March 3) is now open at:
http://cfpub2.epa.gov/npdes/courseinfo.cfm?program_id=0&outreach_id=406&schedule_id=1038

The entire schedule is at:
http://www.epa.gov/npdes/outreach_files/webcast_flyer_green_infrastructure.pdf


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP- 09) (PDF 10 PP, 158 KB)


date2/17/09

National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) competitive funding opportunities will soon be available.

Keep checking EPA's web page http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel or sign up for our list serve on the home page for email alerts.
This fiscal year NCDC may receive funding from the Economic Stimulus Package in addition to its FY 2009 National Diesel Emissions Reduction Program Appropriations. The additional funds may significantly increase the total budget for FY 2009 NCDC projects. Separate competitive announcements will be issued for the NCDC Stimulus funds and the FY 2009 National Diesel Emissions Reduction Program Appropriation funds. However, the NCDC Stimulus funds will have an expedited competition schedule and will have to comply with provisions of the stimulus bills.
We expect that competitive announcements for the NCDC Stimulus funds will be issued by EPA in late February 2009 , depending upon final passage of the Economic Stimulus Package. Visit EPA's web site often for important updates and competition schedule information or in the box on the right of the webpage, sign up for e-mail updates.
Prospective grant applicants should begin preparations NOW for the upcoming competitions by completing the following steps prior to the competition announcements:
Assess diesel fleets and identify eligible vehicles.
Establish eligible partnerships.
Prepare fleet and proposal descriptions.
Evaluate public health benefits, costs effectiveness, and emission reductions of the proposed project. See the Diesel Emission Quantifier .
Review prior NCDC competitive announcements.
Because of anticipated provisions in the Stimulus bills, we expect a 30 day application period for all competitive announcements. The application package must contain the following forms in addition to the proposal work plan and budget narrative detail: Standard Form 424, Standard Form 424A, Standard Form 424B, Standard Form LLL, EPA Form 4700-4, and EPA Form 5700-54.


date2/13/09

Request for Applications: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance

Free technical assistance available!
Smart Growth Implementation Assistance 2009 Request for Applications
The Development, Community, and Environment Division in EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is seeking applications for technical assistance from communities that want to incorporate smart growth in their future development to meet environmental and other community goals. Eligible entities are tribal, local, regional, and state governments, and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity. Applications are due at 5:00 pm EST, April 23, 2009.

EPA has identified some key areas in which communities are likely to benefit from technical assistance:
Climate change (both mitigation of and adaptation to)
Green job development
Corridor redevelopment
Green building development
Suburban retrofitting
Disaster resiliency

Proposals are not limited to requests for technical assistance in only these thematic areas; other topics for assistance are welcome and encouraged, provided they demonstrate cutting-edge challenges and the possibility of replicable solutions. EPA is soliciting applications for assistance with either policy analysis or public participatory processes. The type of work may incorporate policy analysis and review, planning and visioning processes, scorecard/ranking criteria development and assessment, and/or other elements pertinent to the role of the applicant.
Selected communities or states 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. EPA plans to assist three to five communities over a period of twelve months. The Agency anticipates announcing the selected communities in fall of 2009.

For more information and application materials, visit http://epa.gov/smartgrowth/2009_sgia_rfa.htm.


ITEP Traing Schdule for 2009


date2/11/09

On November 12, 2008 EPA substantially strengthened the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead (see 73 FR 66964).

EPA revised the level of the primary (health-based) standard from 1.5 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) to 0.15 µg/m3, measured as total suspended particles (TSP) and revised the secondary (welfare-based) standard to be identical in all respects to the primary standard. In conjunction with strengthening the lead (Pb) NAAQS, the EPA promulgated new monitoring requirements.

The EPA has developed a number of draft documents to assist monitoring agencies as the work to implement the new Pb monitoring requirements. These documements have been posted on AMTIC at the following link - http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/pb-monitoring.html

For additional information, please contact Kevin Cavender of the Air Quality Assessment Division, Ambient Air Monitoring Group, 919-541-2364, cavender.kevin@epa.gov.


date2/10/09

2009 BIA Water Technician Training Program, (PDF 1 PP, 15 KB) June 1- June 26,09

Pledge Form (PDF 1 PP, 9 KB)

SF-171 (PDF 4 PP, 309 KB)

Checklist (PDF 1 pp, 13 KB)


date2/6/09

Managing Wet Weather with Green Infastructure webcast schedule. (PDF 1 pp, 487 KB)


date2/3/09

Senior Environmental Specialist (Community Action & Revitalization Program- CARP) position available with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community's Environmental Protection & Natural Resources. The posting closes on February 12, 2009.

More information http://www.srpmic-nsn.gov/employment/opportunities.asp


date1/30/09

Nominations to Good Neighbor Environmental Board

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board. Vacancies are expected to be filled by late spring 2009. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

The Good Neighbor Environmental Board was created by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act of 1992. Under Executive Order 12916, implementation authority is delegated to the Administrator of the EPA. The Board is responsible for providing advice to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the states contiguous to Mexico. The statute calls for the Board to have representatives from U.S. government agencies; the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; local government; tribes; and a variety of non-governmental officials including the private sector; academic officials; environmental group representatives; health groups; ranching and grazing interests; and other relevant sectors. U.S. government agency representatives are nominated by the heads of their agencies. Non-federal members are appointed by the Administrator of the EPA. The Board meets three times annually, twice at various locations along the U.S.-Mex
ico Border and once in Washington, DC. The average workload for members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Board in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA provides reimbursement for travel expenses associated with official government business. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups. The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

  • Resident of a U.S.-Mexico border state, ideally within the border region itself.
  • Extensive professional knowledge of the unique environmental and infrastructure issues that are found in the region, including the bi-national dimension of these issues.
  • Representative of a sector or group that helps to shape border-region environmental policy.
  • Senior-level experience that fills a current need on the Board for a representative with that particular type of knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a consensus building process with a wide range of experts from diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the Board???s activities, including participation on meeting planning committees and preparation of text for annual reports and Comment Letters.

Nominations must include a resume describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number. Interested candidates may self-nominate.
Submit nominations to: Mark Joyce, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.


date1/23/09

"Practical GIS For Air Quality Applications” Mini -Course, March 24-26, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada

More Information (PDF 7 pp, 760 KB)


date1/22/09

Novel Approaches to Improving Air Pollution Emissions Information

http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2009/2009_star_air_pollution.html
Opening Date: January 21, 2009
Closing Date: April 21, 2009, 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Synopsis of Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to improve air pollution emissions information.
Specific Research Areas of Interest
Applications submitted in response to this solicitation must address one or more of the topics within the following research question:
How can new techniques for identifying, analyzing, and quantifying air pollution emissions best be applied for building, testing, and improving emission inventories?
i. To help further characterize known or suspected errors, missing emissions, and other short-falls.
ii. To prepare for the challenges of understanding atmospheric chemistry and physics under the changing conditions due to implementation of major emission reductions, regulations, or rules.
iii. To investigate issues of spatial and temporal scale.

Award Information:
Anticipated Type of Award: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 4 regular awards, 2 early career awards (See Section III for more information)
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $2,500,000 total for all awards
Potential Funding per Award: For a regular award, up to a total of $500,000, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 3 to 4 years. Early career awards are limited to a total of $250,000, including direct and indirect costs, with a duration of 3 to 4 years. Cost-sharing is not required. Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.


date1/16/09

We have added a new section to the 2002 Assessment Results Page

2002 Google Earth Risk Maps (KMZ Format)
Under this section you will be able to download state by state files that you can open in Google Earth and plot risks results as well as source locations.
Instructions on how to use this new feature are include in this section! I also want to hear from folks whether or not this new feature should be included on the public website?
To allow folks more time to review this new feature we are extending the preview through February 15th.
We have not yet set a data for public release, but based upon the preview extension the earliest this will occur will be March 2009.
Original Announcement below:
This is to announce the availability of the 2002 National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment website for preview at:
http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/nata2002/tables.html
Contact Laura McKelvey or Ted Palma at mckelvey.laura@epa.gov or palma.ted@epa.gov for the ID and passwords.


date1/14/09

Final Rule Facilitates the use of Flexible Air Permits


January 13, 2009 - Flexible air permits enable major air emissions sources to implement operational plans and make anticipated changes to these plans without further review and approval. These permits do not provide approval for operational changes outside the scope authorized in the initial permit and sources must still meet all Clean Air Act requirements that apply to them. Pilot studies have shown that flexible permitting approaches can minimize the need for permit revisions, provide significant economic benefits, encourage innovation, and increase public awareness -- all while ensuring equal or greater environmental protection.

More Information http://www.epa.gov/nsr/fs20090113.html


date1/9/09

This notice makes a correction to the Narrative Proposal page limit for RFP # EPA-OAR-IO-09-02, "Community Action for a Renewed Environment." RFP NO: EPA-OAR-IO-09-02 CFDA: 66.035


Accordingly,
On page 24, shall now read as follows:
Section IV -- Proposal and Submission Information
The proposal package must include all of the following materials:

Standard Form (SF) 424, Application for Federal Assistance
Complete the form (available at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/forms/forms.htm .There are no attachments. Please be sure to include organization fax number and email address in Block 5 of the Standard Form SF 424.

Please note that the organizational Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal
Number System (DUNS) number must be included on the SF-424. Organizations may obtain a DUNS number at no cost by calling the toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711.

Standard Form (SF) 424A , Budget Information
Complete the form (available at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/forms/forms.htm .There are no attachments. The total amount of federal funding requested for the project period should be shown on line 5(e) and on line 6(k) of SF-424A, the amount of indirect costs should be entered on line 6(j). The indirect cost rate (i.e., a percentage), the base (e.g., personnel costs and fringe benefits), and the amount should also be indicated on line 22.

Narrative Proposal
The document should be readable in PDF for Windows and consolidated into a single file and be prepared as stated below.

The Narrative Proposal (including numbers 1 and 2 below) cannot exceed a maximum of 13 single-spaced typewritten pages. Pages in excess of 13 will not be considered. Supporting materials, such as resumes and letters of support can be submitted as attachments and are not included in the 13-page limit.

1. Title Page
The title page shall contain the title of the project, name, address and phone number of the organization applying, the name of a contact person, the location of the community (general information such as town/county and State not a long description, e.g., NE Metropolis, New York; Columbus and Lincoln Counties Florida; Springfield, Alaska), whether the application is for a Level I or a Level II cooperative agreement and the amount of money requested. The title page should have no other information.

2. Narrative Proposal
The Narrative Proposal workplan described below must explicitly describe how the proposed project meets the guidelines established in Sections I-III (including the threshold eligibility criteria in Section III.C) of this announcement, and must address each of the evaluation criteria set forth in Section V.

- Applicants for Level II cooperative agreements are allowed to include up to five (5) attachments of no more than 50 TOTAL pages of substantiating materials (e.g. membership lists, meeting notes, reports) These attachments should demonstrate that the Level 2 applicant has met the Level 2 threshold criteria for a Level II grant. The CARE Level 1 projects do not have to meet this criterion.
- If other information is included, it will be removed from the package and not considered.
- Pages must be numbered in order starting with the "Project Title" and continuing through the "Key Personnel" sections.
- The narrative proposal workplan must contain information that addresses the ranking factors in Section V of this solicitation and should conform to the following outline:

i. Project Title -- Please include the city, state/tribal identification in the title.

ii. Organization Overview -- An overview of the applicant's organization, its mission, and pertinent related experience.

iii. Community Profile -- A profile of the community served by the proposed project including political and geographical boundaries, description of the community, and other information that would be useful to understand the target population. Please specify how you are defining the community, whether by political boundary such as county, by geographical boundary such as watershed or valley, or by neighborhood or any other definition.

iv. Project Description -- A summary of the project and an explicit description of how the proposed project specifically addresses each of the applicable evaluation criteria in Section V. Applicants must submit information addressing, and responding to each of the evaluation factors in Section V. To assist potential applicants in the preparation of their proposals, EPA has provided "suggested types of information" in Appendix C that will help the applicant respond to the requirements of the Evaluation Criteria elements specified in Section V.

Level I project description should include a reasonable level of detail on the:
- Project's purpose, in a brief concise paragraph
- Extent of environmental and public health problems affecting the community - Project goals and performance plan with proposed timeline
- Community involvement/collaboration/partnership
- Alignment with the CARE strategies (as identified in Section I.B.2)
- Tracking and measuring environmental results, including a plan with milestones for tracking and measuring progress towards achieving the expected project's outcomes and outputs
- Applicant's programmatic capability

Level II project description should include a reasonable level of detail on the: - Project's purpose, in a brief concise paragraph
- Environmental issues and community concerns including both those considered and the ones identified to be addressed by the project
- Project goals and performance plan with proposed timeline
- Names of the members of the broad-based stakeholder group (those who participated in Level I work and those who will be part of the Level II project).
- Results of the Level I work including the priority risks
- Ability to leverage new resources and sustain community efforts to understand and improve the environment
- Project's alignment with CARE strategies (as identified in Section I.B.2)
- Tracking and measuring of environmental results, including a tracking and measurement plan with milestones, that address the progress of achieving the expected project outcomes and outputs
- Applicant's programmatic capability

v. Key Personnel -- Brief biographical sketches of key project managers, community organizers or technical experts who will be involved in the proposed project.

vi. Budget -- A detailed budget which reflects the tasks/activities proposed for the CARE project. In addition, please provide an approximation of the percentage of the budget designated for each major activity. (See Appendix B)
Please provide the following in your detailed itemized budget:
- Personnel Cost (if any )
- Fringe Benefits (if any)
- Contractual Costs
- Travel
- Equipment
- Supplies
- Other
- Total Direct Costs
- Total Indirect Costs*
- Do not include any leveraged funds in your formal budget request.

*Selected applicant(s) will need to submit a copy of their current indirect cost rate that has been negotiated with a federal cognizant agency.

Management Fees: When formulating budgets for proposals/applications, applicants must not include management fees or similar charges in excess of the direct costs and indirect costs at the rate approved by the applicants cognizant audit agency, or at the rate provided for by the terms of the agreement negotiated with EPA. The term "management fees or similar charges" refers to expenses added to the direct costs in order to accumulate and reserve funds for ongoing business expenses, unforeseen liabilities, or for other similar costs that are not allowable under EPA assistance agreements. Management fees or similar charges may not be used to improve or expand the project funded under this agreement, except to the extent authorized as a direct cost of carrying out the scope of work.

vii. Environmental Results -- Outcomes and Outputs
Identify the expected quantitative and qualitative outcomes of the project (See Section I), including what measurements will be used to track your progress towards achieving the expected outcomes and how the results of the project will be evaluated. Identify the expected project outputs and how progress towards achieving the expected outputs will be tracked and measured.

viii. Past Performance
a. Programmatic Capability: Submit a list of federally funded assistance agreements (assistance agreements include Federal grants and cooperative agreements but not Federal contracts) similar in size, scope and relevance to the proposed project that your organization performed within the last three years (no more than 5, and preferably EPA agreements) and describe (i) whether, and how, you were able to successfully complete and manage those agreements and (ii) your history of meeting the reporting requirements under those agreements including submitting acceptable final technical reports.

b. Reporting on Environmental Results--Outcomes and Outputs: Submit a list of federally funded assistance agreements (assistance agreements include Federal grants and cooperative agreements but not Federal contracts) that your organization performed within the last three years (no more than 5, and preferably EPA agreements), and describe how you documented and/or reported on whether you were making progress towards achieving the expected results (e.g., outputs and outcomes) under those agreements. If you were not making progress, please indicate whether, and how, you documented why not.

*In evaluating applicants under the above past performance factors in Section V, EPA will consider the information provided by the applicant and may also consider relevant information from other sources, including information from EPA files and from current and prior Federal agency grantors (e.g., to verify and/or supplement the information provided by the applicant). If you do not have any relevant or available environmental results past performance information, please indicate this in the narrative proposal and you will receive a neutral score for this factor under Section V. If you do not provide any response for this item, you may receive a score of 0 for this factor.


date1/9/09

Community Involvement Training Conference. August 18-20, 2009 - Seattle WA.


date1/6/09

Sustainable Communities Training Conference - March 9-11, Dallas (PDF 1 PP, 58 KB)


 

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