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Tribal Air Program

Air Program Tribal Coordinators

Ben Giwojna

Monika Lacka (lacka.monika@epa.gov)

Cynthia Meyer (meyer.cynthia@epa.gov)

National Air and Tribal Information


Region 5 is committed to protecting the health of the people and the environmental resources in Indian Country, while supporting tribal self-government, fulfilling the Federal trust responsibility, and strengthening government-to-government relations between tribes and the EPA.

The Tribal Authority Rule authorizes "treatment of an Indian tribe in the same manner as states" for tribes to implement EPA-approved Clean Air Act programs in Indian Country. Tribes may implement only those programs they wish, or even only the portions of programs that are most relevant to the air quality needs of the tribe. Eligible TAR tribes have the authority to develop Tribal Implementation Plans, which may impose air quality requirements in Indian Country that meet or exceed those defined in the CAA.

Region 5 administers CAA mandated programs in Indian Country in instances where a tribe does not wish to administer any or all provisions of these programs. The programs currently available for EPA's direct implementation include:

CAA Title V Operating Permit
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Construction Permit
New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
Tribal Minor NSR
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
Attainment Status Designations
Compliance and enforcement


Where tribes choose to develop their own CAA programs, EPA identifies and provides resources, tools, and technical support that tribes need to develop and implement these programs.

Contacts: Ben Giwojna (giwojna.benjamin@epa.gov) 312-886-0247, Monika Lacka (lacka.monika@epa.gov) 312-353-6556, Cynthia Meyer (meyer.cynthia@epa.gov) 312-886-5868

Draft Part 71 Permit to Operate Renewal for Grand Casino Mille Lacs

EPA requests public comment on the draft part 71 permit to operate renewal for Grand Casino Mille Lacs (Permit No. V-ML-2709500005-2014-10) through November 24, 2014.  Please submit any comments as specified in the public notice document by November 24, 2014.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs is located at 777 Grand Avenue, Highway 169, Onamia, Minnesota.  Final issuance of the permit will authorize the source to operate five diesel-fired engines.  Four of the engines are used for backup power and peak load management.  One of the engines is used for emergency power generation only.

Draft Permit Documents

Draft Permit (PDF) (43pp, 2MB)
Statement of Basis (PDF) (13pp, 845KB)
Public Notice Document (PDF) (2pp, 66KB)

Permit Application

Permit Application (PDF) (83pp, 1.8MB)
Response to Request for Additional Information (PDF) (26pp, 1.9MB)

Draft Minor New Source Review Permit for G&K Services, Inc.

EPA requests public comment on the draft minor New Source Review Permit for G&K Services, Inc. (Permit No. SYN-ON-5500900021-2014-01) through October 15, 2014.  G&K Services, Inc., is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin’s reservation.  The permit establishes a synthetic minor emission limit on volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and authorizes the replacement of a washing machine, three dryers, and the steam tunnel.

Draft Permit Documents

GK – Public Notice (Public Notice) (PDF)(2pp, 69KB)
GK – Part 49 Synthetic Minor – Draft (Draft Permit)(PDF) (22pp, 788KB)
GK – Part 49 Synthetic Minor TSD – Draft (Technical Support Document) (PDF) (28pp, 788KB)

Permit Applications

Part 49 Construction and Part 71 Operation Permit Applications (PDF)(104pp, 5.7MB)
Parts 49 and 71 Permit Applications – Supplemental Information 7-17-2013 (Supplemental Information for 6-14-2013 Application) (PDF) (12pp, 721KB)
G&K Green Bay – Part 49 Construction Permit Application Submitted 8-15-2015 (8-15-2013 Permit Application) (PDF) (51pp, 3.2MB)
Revised Part 49 Construction Permit Application Submittal 3-5-2014 (3-5-2014 Revised Permit Application) (PDF) (54pp, 2MB)

Supporting Information

GK – Application Completeness Determination (Letter of Application Completeness)(PDF)(1pp, 60KB)
2012_EmissionSummaryFinal (2012 Emission Summary)(PDF)(16pp, 50KB)
GK – Call Notes – 3-14-2014 (3-14-2014 Call Notes)(PDF)(2pp, 95KB)
GK – Email – Heat Exchanger Discussion (Heat Exchanger Discussion)(PDF)(2pp, 106KB)

ESA/NHPA Supporting Information

GK – ESA Determination – 9-27-2013(9-27-2013 ESA Analysis) (PDF)(3pp, 46KB)
GK – ESA Determination FWS Concurrence (9-27-2013 ESA Analysis Concurrence) (PDF)(2pp,36KB)
GK – ESA Determination – 9-9-2014 (9-9-2014 ESA Analysis) (PDF)(3pp, 44KB)
Wisconsin Countty List Feb 2014 (Feb. 2014 Species Distribution List) (PDF) (20pp, 306KB)
Green Bay Zoning Map (PDF)(1pp, 1.3MB)
GK – NHPA Determination Memo – 9-27-2013.pdf (NHPA Determination Memo) (PDF)(2pp, 86KB)
GK – NHPA 3 mi 5 mi ring (NHPA Map)(PDF)(1pp, 67KB)

Draft Minor New Source Review Permit for Pitlik & Wick, Inc.

EPA requests public comment on the draft minor New Source Review Permit for Pitlik & Wick, Inc. (Permit No. SYN-LDF-5577738024-2014-01) located in Eagle River, Wisconsin through October 3, 2014.  The permit will authorize Pitlik & Wick to construct a portable crushing plant within the exterior boundaries of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa Indians’ Reservation.

Permit Documents:

Public Notice (PDF) (2 pp, 83K)
Draft Permit (PDF) (26 pp, 626K)
Technical Support Document (PDF) (7pp, 356K)
Application Part I (PDF) (10 pp, 1.59MB)
Application Part II (PDF) (17 pp, 232K)
Application Part III (PDF) (16 pp, 3MB)
Application Part IV (PDF) (14 pp, 1.6MB)
Application Part V (PDF) (1p, 232K)

Supporting Documents:

Roadway Emission Calclulations (PDF) (2 p, 75K)
Equipment Specifications (PDF) (1p, 413K)
Letter of Application Completeness (PDF) (1p, 49K)

National Historic Preservation Act Documents:

EPA TNHPA Letter (PDF) (1p, 39K)
Tribal NHPA First Report (PDF) (3 pp, 621K)
Tribal NHPA Final Report (PDF) (8 pp, 2MB)

Permit General Information


Air Monitoring
Emissions Inventory
Indoor Air and Radon
Criteria Pollutants
Eligibility Determinations and the Tribal Authority Rule
Regulation Development and Tribal Implementation Plans

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