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February 17, 2011 - EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice one of EPA's top priorities. In support of this priority, we invite environmental justice advocates to participate on our next Quarterly Environmental Justice Community Outreach Calls, which will take place on February 3, 2011 at 3 p.m. (EST).

The purpose of these calls is to provide information to participants about the Agency's EJ activities and maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As EPA continues to advance Plan EJ 2014, the Agency hopes that these calls will better inform the public about EPA's EJ work and enhance opportunities to take advantage of federal activities.

We are taking suggestions on agenda topics for the upcoming call. After receiving your suggestions, we will select the topic(s) that are of general concern to communities. Please keep in mind that the call will only last for an hour, so the number of topics discussed will be limited. Submit a topic.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html

On November 4, 2010, we held the last call where we discussed a variety of topics. For example, we provided EJ advocates with an update on Plan EJ 2014 and our Gulf Coast Outreach. We also provided information on topics that you raised, such as the Agency's youth activities, air monitoring network and the White House Forum.
Listen to the recordings.

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Tribal Indoor Air Quality Stakeholder Conference Call

Our next tribal stakeholder conference call is scheduled for Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST. Please let us know if you will be able to attend by replying to this message. An agenda and conference call information will be provided prior to the call.

In addition to general updates, we will discuss potential objectives and priorities for this tribal IAQ stakeholder group in 2011. If you have ideas on this topic, please be prepared to share them with the group during the conference call. We hope that all of you have a chance to participate in this discussion.

Reply to: Jamal Miller (email: Jamal.Miller@cadmusgroup.com)
On Behalf of EPA's Tribal IAQ Projects

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February 28, 2011 - Registration for Public Meeting - Teleconference Environmental Justice Considerations for Drinking Water Regulatory Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a public meeting to discuss and solicit input on several upcoming regulatory efforts and their impacts on communities with environmental justice concerns. The regulatory efforts to be discussed include the long-term revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and the third Regulatory Determinations from the drinking water Contaminant Candidate List 3.

EPA recently announced its intentions to develop drinking water regulatory actions for perchlorate and carcinogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). While the Agency is in the very preliminary stages of developing the regulatory efforts for perchlorate and carcinogenic VOCs, EPA plans to discuss these actions at this meeting.
This meeting was announced in the Federal Register (PDF) (2 pp, 179K, About PDF) on February 15, 2011 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-02-15/pdf/2011-3383.pdf)

The meeting is currently scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on March 3, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants may either attend in person or via teleconference. The meeting location, and teleconference dial in phone number will be announced to registered participants via email once a location has been confirmed. The agenda and other pertinent information will also be emailed to those who are registered a few days prior to the meeting.

If you wish to register to attend this meeting either in person or via teleconference, please contact Junie Percy by e-mail at junie.percy@itsysteminc.com or by phone at (937) 427-4148 (x210) no later than Monday, February 28, 2011. Please include your full name, organization, city and state, email address, phone number and whether you intend to attend the meeting in person or via teleconference. There is no charge for attending this public meeting, but seats and phone lines are limited so register as soon as possible.

For technical questions regarding any of the meeting topics please contact Lameka Smith either by email at Smith.Lameka@epamail.epa.gov or by phone at 202-564-1629.

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March 3, 2011 - Public Meeting - Teleconference Environmental Justice Considerations for Drinking Water Regulatory Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a public meeting to discuss and solicit input on several upcoming regulatory efforts and their impacts on communities with environmental justice concerns. The regulatory efforts to be discussed include the long-term revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and the third Regulatory Determinations from the drinking water Contaminant Candidate List 3.

EPA recently announced its intentions to develop drinking water regulatory actions for perchlorate and carcinogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). While the Agency is in the very preliminary stages of developing the regulatory efforts for perchlorate and carcinogenic VOCs, EPA plans to discuss these actions at this meeting.
This meeting was announced in the Federal Register (PDF) (2 pp, 179K, About PDF) on February 15, 2011 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-02-15/pdf/2011-3383.pdf)

The meeting is currently scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on March 3, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants may either attend in person or via teleconference. The meeting location, and teleconference dial in phone number will be announced to registered participants via email once a location has been confirmed. The agenda and other pertinent information will also be emailed to those who are registered a few days prior to the meeting.

If you wish to register to attend this meeting either in person or via teleconference, please contact Junie Percy by e-mail at junie.percy@itsysteminc.com or by phone at (937) 427-4148 (x210) no later than Monday, February 28, 2011. Please include your full name, organization, city and state, email address, phone number and whether you intend to attend the meeting in person or via teleconference. There is no charge for attending this public meeting, but seats and phone lines are limited so register as soon as possible.

For technical questions regarding any of the meeting topics please contact Lameka Smith either by email at Smith.Lameka@epamail.epa.gov or by phone at 202-564-1629.

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March 9, 2011 - Environmental Justice, Tribal Communities or Organizations Community Conference Call on Air Issues

Community Conference Call on Air Issues

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-5624# (phone limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-served basis)

Purpose: To provide more information on upcoming activities in EPA?s Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues.
This call will provide an:

To register for the call, click here http://www.cleanairinfo.com/ejcommunitycall/ Exit Disclaimer or cut and paste the web link into your browser.

For more information about the conference call, please contact Lena Epps-Price at epps-price.lena@epa.gov, (919) 541-5573.

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March 18, 2011 - National Conference Call with tribes to discuss the Draft FY 2012 National Water Program Guidance (NWPG)

EPA has set up a National Conference Call with tribes to discuss the Draft FY 2012 National Water Program Guidance (NWPG):

Friday, March 18, 2011
1:30-2:30pm EDT
Call in number: Conference line is: (866) 299-3188; Conference code: 3189708

For this call we will reference the document, FY 2012 Draft National Water Program Guidance Summaries for Tribes (PDF) (2 pp, 293K, About PDF).

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March 31, 2011 - The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Teleconference Meeting on Gulf Coast Eco-system Restoration Efforts

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary topic of discussion will be EPA's charge to the NEJAC on ensuring long-term engagement of communities in Gulf Coast eco-system restoration efforts. There will be a public comment period from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Comments requested should respond to how best to:

To Register

Members of the public who wish to attend or to provide public comment must pre-register by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Individuals or groups making remarks during the public comment period will be limited to five minutes.  To accommodate the large number of people who want to address the NEJAC, only one representative of a community, organization, or group will be allowed to speak.  The suggested format for written public comments is as follows: A brief description of the concern and what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to do; Name of Speaker; Name of Organization/Community; City and State; and E-mail address.

Written comments received by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, will be included in the materials distributed to the members of the NEJAC prior to the teleconference meeting. Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows.

All written comments should be sent to EPA’s support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via e-mail at March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com or fax at 877-773-1489.

Information about Services for Individuals with Disabilities

For information about access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, APEX Direct, Inc., at 877-773-1489 or via e-mail at March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com.

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May 19, 2011 - EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice one of EPA’s top priorities. In support of this priority, we invite environmental justice advocates to participate on our next Quarterly Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call, which will take place on May 19, 2011 at 4 p.m. ET.

The purpose of these calls is to provide information to participants about the Agency’s EJ activities and maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As EPA continues to advance Plan EJ 2014, the Agency hopes that these calls will better inform the public about EPA’s EJ work and enhance opportunities to take advantage of federal activities. Listen to, or read about, previous calls at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html.

We are taking suggestions on agenda topics for the upcoming call. After receiving your suggestions, we will select the topic(s) that are of general concern to communities. Please keep in mind that the call will only last one hour, so the number of topics discussed will be limited. Submit a topic at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html.

For more information about:

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June 13, 2011 - Listening Sessions on Plan EJ 2014: Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Listening Sessions on Plan EJ 2014: Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Environmental Justice is one of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's top priorities for EPA. Plan EJ 2014 (PDF) (9 pp, 332K,  About PDF) is EPA's roadmap for carrying out the Administrator's priority.

As laid out in the 'Plan EJ 2014 Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting (PDF) (13 pp, 220K,  About PDF)' draft implementation plan, EPA is examining ways to better integrate environmental justice considerations into the permits issued under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. A crucial step in this process is for EPA to get feedback from individuals and organizations that have experience and an interest in this issue on the focus and outcomes of the initiative. Accordingly, EPA has scheduled six Listening Sessions, organized by stakeholder group, to provide an opportunity for those stakeholders to express their views on the initiative.

Suggested topics for comment are:

Schedule for Listening Sessions:

Session 1: State and Local Governments
June 6, 2011, 2 pm to 4 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71516105

Session 2: Business and Industry
June 9, 2011, 1 pm to 3 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71551164

Session 3: Environmental Groups
June 9, 2011, 3pm to 5 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71560406

Session 4: Tribes: Governments, Communities, Businesses
June 13, 2011, 2 pm to 3 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71564865

Session 5: Environmental Justice Communities and Community Groups
June 13: 6 pm to 8 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71574604

Session 6: Spanish Language (Call will be hosted in Spanish)
June 13: 8 pm to 9 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71581266

Purpose of the Listening Sessions: The listening sessions will provide an opportunity for speakers to convey to EPA ideas, concerns and recommendations in connection with EPA's EJ Permitting Initiative. These Listening Sessions are intended as opportunities for EPA to listen to you, therefore EPA will not be responding to comments on the call. The comments will inform EPA's work on the EJ permitting initiative going forward.

How the Listening Sessions Will Work: EPA has designed a process to allow EPA to hear from as many organizations and individuals as possible. Each Listening Session will focus on a particular stakeholder group. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their views, we ask that only members of that particular stakeholder group ask to speak and only one representative of a particular organization provide remarks during the Listening Session. Individuals that are not able to speak on the call can submit written comments before and after the Listening Sessions. A recording and transcript of every listening session will be available on the EJ website after the sessions.

To Submit Written Comments
We welcome written comments before or after the Listening Sessions. The deadline for submitting written comments is June 30, 2011. Please submit written comments via email to ejpermitting@epa.gov.
For Additional Information or Questions, please contact ejpermitting@epa.gov.

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June 15, 2011 - Tribal Consultation Webcast/Teleconference - Draft Clean Water Protection Guidance re: Waters of the United States

Office of Water's acting Assistant Administrator will conduct the call. This call is in follow-up to the May 26, 2011, webinar that discussed the draft guidance in detail. For more information on the draft guidance, please visit http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

All interested tribal representatives and consultation officials are welcome to participate on the call.
Teleconference time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Teleconference call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
Conference code: 202 564 5066#

Protecting Waters of the United States (PDF) (13 pp, 568K,  About PDF)

For more information, please contact Damaris Christensen (christensen.damaris@epa.gov) or Felicia Wright (wright.felicia@epa.gov).

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June 15, 2011 - Webinar Guidance Development on Permitting the Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing

If you are interested in this effort by EPA , and missed the tribes-only webinar on this topic on June 2nd, here is another opportunity to learn about and comment on the effort. EPA is hosting a public informational webinar on June 15, 2011, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss and to solicit input on a guidance the Agency is developing to assist the Underground Injection Control Program in issuing permits for the use of diesel fuels in oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. The webinar is open to the public, and all interested stakeholders are invited to attend. Stakeholders interested in attending the webinar are invited to pre-register at this website, https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/854776506 Exit Disclaimer, at least three (3) days in advance. Pre-registering for the meeting will allow EPA to improve meeting planning.

The webinar will begin with a presentation by the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water on the Underground Injection Control program and possible approaches the Agency may recommend in a guidance for permitting the use of diesel fuels in hydraulic fracturing activities related to oil and natural gas extraction. EPA will answer questions and take comments submitted by webinar attendees for the remainder of the webinar.

Persons who are successfully registered for the webinar via the website, https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/854776506 Exit Disclaimer, may (1) submit questions and comments to EPA during the online registration process and during the webinar, or (2) submit written comments to hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov by June 29, 2011. Due to time limits, EPA may not be able to answer every question submitted during the registration process and during the webinar. Persons wishing to contribute written comments to EPA regarding the development of permitting guidance for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels may also send written comments to hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov with the words "Diesel Fuels Guidance Comments" in the subject line by June 29, 2011. EPA will not provide individual responses to written comments received by email.

For more information and registration link, please see http://www.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing.

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June 22, 2011 - Consultation and Coordination on the National Tribal Operations Committee Proposed Path Forward and “Reinvigorated” Purpose Statement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally recognized Indian Tribes on the proposed EPA’s National Tribal Operations Committee’s (NTOC) Proposed Path Forward (PDF) (8 pp, 586K,  About PDF) and “Reinvigorated” Purpose Statement (PDF) (2 pp, 288K,  About PDF). These documents reflect changes EPA is proposing to the NTOC process to reinvigorate our interactions with tribes and tribal groups as a method to promote stronger partnerships.

Submit your Comments by July 7, 2011.

EPA's American Indian Environmental Office, will host a national consultation conference call with Tribal Leaders which is being held to answer any questions and to seek your input. JoAnn Chase, Director of the American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO), will lead the call.

Click on the links below to access the documents:

Call information is included below:
Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT
Call in number 1-866-299-3188/ Conference code: (202) 564-0279#

For more information, please contact David Jones at jones.david@epa.gov.

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June 30, 2011 - Environmental Justice Community Conference Call on EPA Air Programs

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-0773#
(phone limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-serve basis)

Purpose: To provide more information on upcoming activities in EPA’s Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide an:

To register for the call/webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/742361808 Exit Disclaimer. You Must register 24 hours before the webinar.

For more information about the conference call, contact Lena Epps-Price (epps-price.lena@epa.gov), (919) 541-5573.

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July 6 - 7, 2011 - EPA to Hold Teleconference Calls to Discuss FY 2012 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice

In preparation for the FY 2012 Exchange Network Grant application process, EPA will hold two stakeholder conference calls to review the draft FY 2012 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice and answer questions from the Exchange Network community. EPA will release the draft Notice by June 29, 2011.

The first call will be held on July 6, 2011, at 3:00 PM EDT.

The second call will be held on July 7, 2011, at 11:00 AM EDT.

To participate in either call, please dial: 1-866-299-3188, access code 2025661680#

EPA will accept written comments on the draft Notice until 5:00 PM EDT, July 14, 2011. Written comments should be emailed to Ryan Humrighouse at humrighouse.ryan@epa.gov.

EPA plans to issue the final EN Grant Solicitation Notice by July 31, 2011.

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July 7, 2011 - Tribal Listening Session on Plan EJ 2014: Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Environmental Justice is one of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's top priorities for EPA. Plan EJ 2014 is EPA's roadmap for carrying out the Administrator's priority.

As laid out in the ‘Plan EJ 2014 Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting’ draft implementation plan, EPA is examining ways to better integrate environmental justice considerations into the permits issued under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental laws. A crucial step in this process is for EPA to get feedback from individuals and organizations that have experience and an interest in this issue on the focus and outcomes of the initiative. Accordingly, EPA has scheduled six Listening Sessions, organized by stakeholder group, to provide an opportunity for those stakeholders to express their views on the initiative.

Suggested topics for comment at the upcoming Tribal Listening Session are:

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July 12, 2012 - Teleconference Call on Proposals for Promoting Public Participation in Permitting

To implement Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priority on environmental justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a federal register notice for public comment regarding "Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process" and "Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line."

The "Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process" presents agency-wide guidelines that will inform the development of regional implementation plans to provide opportunities for overburdened communities to participate meaningfully in the permitting process for priority permits. EPA is also encouraging permit applicants to make an effort to meaningfully involve overburdened communities in the permitting process. To that end, EPA is releasing "Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line" for public comment.

You can view and comment on the federal register notice on Regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0452). EPA is also using the Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which will go live on Thursday June 28th, to encourage different public stakeholders to dialogue over the ideas set forth in the federal register notice The Environmental Justice in Action Blog does not replace the conventional public comment process described in the notice. You can access the blog at https://blog.epa.gov/ej/.

Additionally, EPA is hosting two calls to discuss the details of the proposed guidelines and best practices. To attend a call, please RSVP to ejpermitting@epa.gov indicating which call(s) you wish to attend and you will receive a reply with call-in information.

The proposed guidelines and best practices are intended to help integrate environmental justice considerations in EPA-issued permits. These efforts are important initiatives under Plan EJ 2014, EPA's road map for carrying out the Administrator's priority on environmental justice.

For Additional Information or Questions:

If you have questions about the federal register notice or calls that EPA is hosting, please submit your questions to ejpermitting@epa.gov .

For more information about the Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting Initiative of Plan EJ 2014, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/permitting.html.

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July 14 and July 27, 2011 - Consultation and Coordination on Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Draft Tribal Strategy

Comment period now open through August 3, 2011 on OEI's draft Tribal Strategy: Partnership to Improve Environmental Information and Decision-Making in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. The purpose of OEI’s Tribal Strategy is to maximize the quality and utility of information and analytical tools available for making well-informed decisions in Indian country and other tribal lands. OEI has mailed letters to tribal leaders informing them of this opportunity for review and comment on the Strategy and also to initiate consultation with interested tribes to obtain their feedback on this effort. Two webinars will be held this summer (July 14th (1 - 2:30 PM ET) and July 27th (2 - 3:30 PM ET) as part of the consultation process to obtain input from tribes. More details are included in the links below.

Click on the links below to access the documents associated with the draft Tribal Strategy:

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July 18, 2011 - Teleconference: Final Consultation and Coordination on Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking

Submit your Comments By:  July 28, 2011

The Office of Water is seeking discussion with tribes and feedback on the options being considered for the stormwater rulemaking.  The options that EPA is considering  includes:

All tribes are encouraged to participate.  EPA is seeking comments from tribes as part of the consultation process until July 28, 2011.  Tribes may submit comments to Holly Galavotti (galavotti.holly@epa.gov) or submit comments on-line at http://www.epa.gov/tribal/consultation/comments.htm. EPA Regions may conduct additional regional consultation and outreach on this proposed rulemaking during this period.

Teleconference information for July 18, 2011:

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
Call-in Number 866-299-3188
Conference code:  202-564-1489

Please note that notice of this teleconference was provided in a consultation notification letter mailed in hard-copy to all federally-recognized tribal leaders last week.

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August 1, 2012 - Teleconference Call on Proposals for Promoting Public Participation in Permitting

To implement Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priority on environmental justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a federal register notice for public comment regarding "Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process" and "Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line."

The "Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process" presents agency-wide guidelines that will inform the development of regional implementation plans to provide opportunities for overburdened communities to participate meaningfully in the permitting process for priority permits. EPA is also encouraging permit applicants to make an effort to meaningfully involve overburdened communities in the permitting process. To that end, EPA is releasing "Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line" for public comment.

You can view and comment on the federal register notice on Regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0452). EPA is also using the Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which will go live on Thursday June 28th, to encourage different public stakeholders to dialogue over the ideas set forth in the federal register notice The Environmental Justice in Action Blog does not replace the conventional public comment process described in the notice. You can access the blog at https://blog.epa.gov/ej/.

Additionally, EPA is hosting two calls to discuss the details of the proposed guidelines and best practices. To attend a call, please RSVP to ejpermitting@epa.gov indicating which call(s) you wish to attend and you will receive a reply with call-in information.

The proposed guidelines and best practices are intended to help integrate environmental justice considerations in EPA-issued permits. These efforts are important initiatives under Plan EJ 2014, EPA's road map for carrying out the Administrator's priority on environmental justice.

For Additional Information or Questions:

If you have questions about the federal register notice or calls that EPA is hosting, please submit your questions to ejpermitting@epa.gov .

For more information about the Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting Initiative of Plan EJ 2014, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/permitting.html.

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July 14 and July 27, 2011 - Consultation and Coordination on Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Draft Tribal Strategy

Comment period now open through August 3, 2011 on OEI's draft Tribal Strategy: Partnership to Improve Environmental Information and Decision-Making in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. The purpose of OEI’s Tribal Strategy is to maximize the quality and utility of information and analytical tools available for making well-informed decisions in Indian country and other tribal lands. OEI has mailed letters to tribal leaders informing them of this opportunity for review and comment on the Strategy and also to initiate consultation with interested tribes to obtain their feedback on this effort. Two webinars will be held this summer (July 14th (1 - 2:30 PM ET) and July 27th (2 - 3:30 PM ET) as part of the consultation process to obtain input from tribes. More details are included in the links below.

Click on the links below to access the documents associated with the draft Tribal Strategy:

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August 11, 2011 - Consultation and Coordination on a Proposed Final Program EPA is Considering that would Allow the Use of Certain Pesticides in Indian Country

Submit your comments by September 12, 2011.

The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is considering a final program that would allow the use of certain pesticides in Indian country. These types of pesticides, known as emergency exemption and special local need pesticides, are currently available for use in Indian country under a pilot program that expires on November 28, 2011.

As part of the process to obtain input from tribes, OPP will hold two consultations this summer (August 11, 2 - 4 p.m. ET; and August 16, 2 - 4 p.m. ET) via webinar and teleconference. More details, including instructions for registering and participating in the webinars, are in the links below. Notice of these consultations and other materials were provided in a consultation notification letter mailed in hard copy to all federally recognized tribal leaders on July 1. EPA Regions are providing the same information to other tribal officials via e-mail. All tribes are encouraged to participate and may submit comments until September 12, 2011, to Mary Powell at powell.mary@epa.gov.

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August 16, 2011 - Consultation and Coordination on a Proposed Final Program EPA is Considering that would Allow the Use of Certain Pesticides in Indian Country

Submit your comments by September 12, 2011.

The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is considering a final program that would allow the use of certain pesticides in Indian country. These types of pesticides, known as emergency exemption and special local need pesticides, are currently available for use in Indian country under a pilot program that expires on November 28, 2011.

As part of the process to obtain input from tribes, OPP will hold two consultations this summer (August 11, 2 - 4 p.m. ET; and August 16, 2 - 4 p.m. ET) via webinar and teleconference. More details, including instructions for registering and participating in the webinars, are in the links below. Notice of these consultations and other materials were provided in a consultation notification letter mailed in hard copy to all federally recognized tribal leaders on July 1. EPA Regions are providing the same information to other tribal officials via e-mail. All tribes are encouraged to participate and may submit comments until September 12, 2011, to Mary Powell at powell.mary@epa.gov.

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August 16, 2011 - Teleconference: Consultation and Coordination the Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity

EPA's Office of International & Tribal Affairs is preparing to initiate consultation and coordination with federally-recognized tribes on a proposed, "Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity" (Guidebook). The proposed Guidebook will impact EPA's management of Indian General Assistance Program (GAP) grant resources. This memo provides background information on this important initiative, presents our schedule for producing the Guidebook, and provides points-of-contact for you and your representatives to contact with questions and comments. EPA's timeline for the consultation and coordination period is Monday August 1 – Friday September 30, 2011.

This consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes.

All tribes are encouraged to participate. EPA is seeking comments from tribes as part of the consultation process until September 30, 2011. Tribes may submit comments to jones.luke@epa.gov or submit comments on-line at http://www.epa.gov/tribal/consultation/comments.htm.

Teleconference information:

Date: August 16 and August 30, 2011
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Call-in Number:  866-299-3188
Conference code:  202 564 4013

Webinar Registration:

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/762615136 Exit Disclaimer

Tue, Aug 30, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/132201816 Exit Disclaimer

Click on the links below to access documents:

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August 30, 2011 - Teleconference: Consultation and Coordination the Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity

EPA's Office of International & Tribal Affairs is preparing to initiate consultation and coordination with federally-recognized tribes on a proposed, "Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity" (Guidebook). The proposed Guidebook will impact EPA's management of Indian General Assistance Program (GAP) grant resources. This memo provides background information on this important initiative, presents our schedule for producing the Guidebook, and provides points-of-contact for you and your representatives to contact with questions and comments. EPA's timeline for the consultation and coordination period is Monday August 1 – Friday September 30, 2011.

This consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes.

All tribes are encouraged to participate. EPA is seeking comments from tribes as part of the consultation process until September 30, 2011. Tribes may submit comments to jones.luke@epa.gov or submit comments on-line at http://www.epa.gov/tribal/consultation/comments.htm.

Teleconference information:

Date: August 16 and August 30, 2011
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Call-in Number:  866-299-3188
Conference code:  202 564 4013

Webinar Registration:

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/762615136 Exit Disclaimer

Tue, Aug 30, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/132201816 Exit Disclaimer

Click on the links below to access documents:

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September 12, 2011 - Tribal Conference Call - Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy Development

September 12, 4-5 pm Eastern Time

This conference call is to discuss the status of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy Development.   The call in number is 1-866-299-3188, access code 2025641427.  Please RSVP to Angela Bandemehr at 202-564-1427 or bandemehr.angela@epa.gov to receive conference call materials.

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September 13, 2011 - Teleconference - Consultation and Coordination on Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) FY 2011 - 2015 Draft Tribal Strategy

Submit your Comments by September 21, 2011.

EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally recognized tribes regarding its draft FY 2011 - 2015 Tribal Strategic Plan (Plan). Prior to formal consultation, we have been coordinating and gathering input from key tribal partners, and will continue to do so. At this point, we are initiating the formal consultation process.

The consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes. OCSPP invites you and/or your designated consultation representative(s) to participate in the process. OCSPP's anticipated timeline for the consultation and coordination period is expected to extend from August 1, 2011 through September 21, 2011. During this period, we will be conducing two national consultation calls. To participate, we invite you or your designee to join us during one or both of the following calls:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Call number (866) 299-3188 - Access Code: 2025640546#

Tuesday, September 14, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Call number (866) 299-3188 - Access Code: 2025640546#

Click on the link below to access document:

Letter to Tribal Leader (PDF) (2 pp, 399K,  About PDF)
FY 2011 - 2011 Draft Tribal Strategy (PDF) (20 pp, 1.3MB,  About PDF)

If you are unavailable for these calls and have comments on the draft Plan, please send them to Caren Robinson, the OCSPP Tribal Consultation Advisor and lead for this project at robinson.caren@epa.gov

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September 14, 2011 - Teleconference - Consultation and Coordination on Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) FY 2011 - 2015 Draft Tribal Strategy

Submit your Comments by September 21, 2011.

EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally recognized tribes regarding its draft FY 2011 - 2015 Tribal Strategic Plan (Plan). Prior to formal consultation, we have been coordinating and gathering input from key tribal partners, and will continue to do so. At this point, we are initiating the formal consultation process.

The consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes. OCSPP invites you and/or your designated consultation representative(s) to participate in the process. OCSPP's anticipated timeline for the consultation and coordination period is expected to extend from August 1, 2011 through September 21, 2011. During this period, we will be conducing two national consultation calls. To participate, we invite you or your designee to join us during one or both of the following calls:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Call number (866) 299-3188 - Access Code: 2025640546#

Tuesday, September 14, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Call number (866) 299-3188 - Access Code: 2025640546#

Click on the link below to access document:

Letter to Tribal Leader (PDF) (2 pp, 399K,  About PDF)
FY 2011 - 2011 Draft Tribal Strategy (PDF) (20 pp, 1.3MB,  About PDF)

If you are unavailable for these calls and have comments on the draft Plan, please send them to Caren Robinson, the OCSPP Tribal Consultation Advisor and lead for this project at robinson.caren@epa.gov

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September 15, 2011 - Tribal Consultation Teleconference on Proposed Regulatory Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule

Tribal Consultation on Proposed Regulatory Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule

Tribal Teleconference:
Thursday, September 15, 2011
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
Code: 2025644689

EPA is considering revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), a drinking water regulation that requires monitoring and treatment techniques to control lead and copper corrosion in drinking water systems. These revisions may consist of changes to the sample site selection criteria for lead and copper, changes to existing tap sampling procedures, changes to requirements for lead service line replacement, and modifications to existing corrosion control requirements. The LCR applies to all public water systems as defined under the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more information, please contact Rebecca Allen, at allen.rebeccak@epa.gov, or visit http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/lcr/index.cfm

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January 24, 2012 - Information Call - Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) Local Sustainability Matching Fund - $750,000

Call Information: http://www.fundersnetwork.org/events/event-details/local_sustainability_matching_fund_informational_call Exit Disclaimer

Funding Information: http://www.fundersnetwork.org/files/misc/Local_Sustainability_Matching_Fund_RFP_111213.pdf

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January 27, 2012 - National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Teleconference Meeting Registration Deadline January 23, 2012

For registration and information send email to: NEJACTeleconJan2012@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com

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February 1, 2012 - U.S. EPA's Proposed Air Rules

For more information about the conference call, contact Lena Epps-Price at : epps-price.lena@epa.gov (919) 541-5573

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-0773#
(phone line limited to 125 participants on a first - come first - served basis)


March 2, 2012 - EPA Solicits Comments on Draft FY 2013 National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance Documents

Information Exchange Teleconference Call:
1:30 ? 3:00 PM (EST)
(866) 299 3188, 202 564 3020#

http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/annualplan/fy2013.html


March 9, 2012 - EPA Solicits Comments on Draft FY 2013 National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance Documents

Information Exchange Teleconference Call:
1:30 ? 3:00 PM (EST)
(866) 299 3188, 202 564 3020#

http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/annualplan/fy2013.html


March 16, 2012 - EPA Proposes Waste Water Discharge Permits for Oil and Gas Exploration in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/C68CDE8207EB4E30852579960000C929

People who want to comment on the draft General Permits and Fact Sheet must do so by March 30, 2012 by any of the following methods:

EPA will hold public hearings on the following dates:

Both hearings will begin at 6:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time (AKST) and end at 10:00 p.m. EPA will also hold two hearings via teleconferences on March 16, 2012, at the following times: 10:00 a.m. ? 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. ? 5:00 p.m. AKST, 1-866-299-3188, code: 2065536524. For more information about the draft General Permits and to view project documents, visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/water.nsf/npdes+permits/arctic-gp


April 24, 2012 - EPA Environmental Justice Community Conference Call Overview of Funding Availability for Clean Diesel Projects

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: April 24, 2012

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

Purpose: To provide more information on upcoming activities in EPA's Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide an:


May 3, 2012 - EPA is Hosting a Web Conference on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

EPA is Hosting a Web Conference on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change on May 3, 2012
EPA released the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on April 2, 2012 for a 45 - day public comment period. As part of ongoing efforts to continue the public outreach process, EPA is hosting a web-based conference on May 3, 2012, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT. This web conference will provide an opportunity to pose clarifying questions to EPA on aspects of the draft 2012 Strategy document prior to the end of the public comment period on May 17, 2012. For more information on the draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" and how to participate in the web conference, visit http://water.epa.gov/scitech/climatechange/2012-National-Water-Program-Strategy.cfm.

The draft strategy focuses on five key areas: water infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, and working with Tribes.

To read or submit a comment on the draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change," visit: http://epa.gov/water/climatechange.

 


July 24 - 25, 2012 - National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Meeting: Select Sessions Available via Teleconference, *REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 18*

During the upcoming public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) on July 24 and 25, 2012, the following three sessions will be available via audio teleconference to those unable to attend in person:
Teleconference Session 1 (Tuesday, July 24, 1:15 - 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time)
EJ in Permitting: Public Engagement Best Practices (1:15 - 2:00 p.m.)
EJ/Children's Health Key Performance Indicators Initiative (2:00 - 2:15 p.m.)
Nail Salon Worker Health Exposures (2:15 -2:45 p.m.)
Hydraulic Fracturing (2:45 - 3:45 p.m.)
Teleconference Session 2 (Wednesday, July 25, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time)
ORD 101: An Overview of EPA's Research Programs
Teleconference Session 3 (Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
EPA Tribal Program: An Overview
Separate phone lines will be used for each session, so please be specific about which sessions you want to attend when registering. There will be not be a public comment period during these sessions.
Please note that a limited number of lines will be available. Those who are pre-registered will be given priority over others on a first-come basis, as capacity allows. Participating individuals will be able to hear "real time" presentations and NEJAC member discussions on the topics specified above. The teleconference will be audio only, in an effort to minimize cost.
You can register as follows:
By E-mail to NEJACJuly2012Meeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com with "Register for the NEJAC-July Teleconference" in the subject line. Please provide your name, organization, city, state, e-mail address, and telephone number for future follow-up; and specify the teleconference session number(s) that you will attend. That is, if you intend to call in for all three teleconference sessions, you must state that. Separate lists will be kept for each teleconference session (1, 2, and 3).
By Phone or Fax to 877-773-0779 with your name, organization, city, state, email mail address, and telephone number. Please specify "NEJAC-July Teleconference" and the teleconference session number(s) that you will attend in your fax or voice message.
Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using these numbers.
Members of the public who wish to attend any of the sessions must pre-register by Noon Eastern Time on July 18, 2012.
Information about Services for Individuals with Disabilities:
For information about access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, APEX Direct, Inc., at 877-773-0779 or via e-mail at NEJACJuly2012Meeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com.

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June 21, 2012 - Notice of Intent to Revise Stormwater Regulations to Clarify that an NPDES Permit is not Required for Stormwater Discharges from Logging Roads and to Seek Comment on Approaches for Addressing Water Quality Impacts from Forest Road Discharges

For questions on the upcoming teleconference, please contact Felicia Wright (email: wright.felicia@epa.gov), Office of Water Tribal Coordinator, at (202) 566-2400.

More information and a copy of the notice of intent are available at Stormwater Discharges From Forest Roads

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August 15, 2012 - TRI Data Exchange Conference Call (monthly)

Tribes are also welcome to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call, which is generally held the third Wednesday of every month from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time. The call provides an opportunity for prospective TRI Data Exchange partners (i.e., Tribal authorities) to learn about this data sharing method via the Internet, and better understand the benefits of receiving reports electronically. The call in number will be: 1-866-299-3188, Code 2025660953. Please email Zach Scott (scott.zachary@epa.gov) of my staff if you plan to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call.

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September 11, 2012 - TRI Regional, State, and Tribal Call

Beginning Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM Eastern Time, EPA would like to invite tribes to regularly participate in an ongoing bi-monthly conference call with EPA Regions and states to discuss matters related to the TRI Program. This call is generally held the second Tuesday of every other month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time. The call in number will be: 1-866-299-3188: Code 2025660753. Please contact Cassandra Vail (vail.cassandra@epa.gov, 202-566-0753) if you have any questions.

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September 19, 2012 - TRI Data Exchange Conference Call (monthly)

Tribes are also welcome to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call, which is generally held the third Wednesday of every month from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time. The call provides an opportunity for prospective TRI Data Exchange partners (i.e., Tribal authorities) to learn about this data sharing method via the Internet, and better understand the benefits of receiving reports electronically. The call in number will be: 1-866-299-3188, Code 2025660953. Please email Zach Scott (scott.zachary@epa.gov) of my staff if you plan to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call.

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September 20, 2012 - EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice one of EPA's top priorities. In support of this priority, we invite environmental justice advocates to participate on our next Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call, which will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 5 p.m. ET.

The purpose of these calls is to provide information to participants about the Agency's EJ activities and maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As EPA continues to advance Plan EJ 2014, the Agency hopes that these calls will better inform the public about EPA's EJ work and enhance opportunities to take advantage of federal activities. Listen to, or read about, previous calls at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html.

We are taking suggestions on agenda topics for the upcoming call. After receiving your suggestions, we will select the topic(s) that are of general concern to communities. Please keep in mind that the call will only last one hour, so the number of topics discussed will be limited. Submit a topic at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html.

For more information about the Administrator's priorities: http://blog.epa.gov/administrator/2010/01/12/seven-priorities-for-epas-future/

For more information about Plan EJ 2014: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/index.html

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September 21, 2012 - National Environmental Justice Advisory Council National Public Teleconference Meeting

e National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Friday, September 21, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary topic of discussion will be an update from the NEJAC's Indigenous Peoples Work Group. This NEJAC public teleconference meeting is open to the public. There will be a public comment period from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topic of the meeting. Specifically, comments should respond to how best to:

1.        What activities and mechanisms should EPA conduct and develop to work collaboratively with indigenous community-based/grassroots organizations to identify and address environmental justice concerns?

2.        What organizational, regulatory, or policy hurdles exist that impede, complicate, or discourage tribal governments and indigenous organizations from effectively working together to address environmental and public health concerns.

3.        What are the recommended means and mechanisms for EPA to coordinate and collaborate with other federal agencies to effectively provide environmental justice for indigenous people?

To Register

Members of the public who wish to attend or to provide public comment must pre-register by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 17, 2012. Individuals or groups making remarks during the public comment period will be limited to five minutes. To accommodate the large number of people who want to address the NEJAC, only one representative of a community, organization, or group will be allowed to speak. The suggested format for written public comments is as follows: A brief description of the concern, and what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to do; name of speaker; name of organization/community; city and state; and email address.

Written comments received by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 17, 2012, will be included in the materials distributed to the members of the NEJAC prior to the teleconference meeting. Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows.

All written comments should be sent to EPA's support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via e-mail at NEJACTeleconSept2012@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com or fax at 877-773-1489.

Information about Services for Individuals with Disabilities:

For information about access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, APEX Direct, Inc., at 877-773-1489 or via e-mail at NEJACTeleconSept2012@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com.

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September 27, 2012 - Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Air Quality Issues

Community Conference Call

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations
When: September 27, 2012
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm EST
Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-5624#
(phone line limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-served basis)

Purpose:  To provide information on upcoming activities in EPA's Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide updates on the:

For more information, contact Lena Epps-Price (epps-price.lena@epa.gov), (919) 541-5573

 

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October 17, 2012 - TRI Data Exchange Conference Call (monthly)

Tribes are also welcome to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call, which is generally held the third Wednesday of every month from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time. The call provides an opportunity for prospective TRI Data Exchange partners (i.e., Tribal authorities) to learn about this data sharing method via the Internet, and better understand the benefits of receiving reports electronically. The call in number will be: 1-866-299-3188, Code 2025660953. Please email Zach Scott (scott.zachary@epa.gov) of my staff if you plan to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call.

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November 13, 2012 - TRI Regional, State, and Tribal Call

Beginning Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM Eastern Time, EPA would like to invite tribes to regularly participate in an ongoing bi-monthly conference call with EPA Regions and states to discuss matters related to the TRI Program. This call is generally held the second Tuesday of every other month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time. The call in number will be: 1-866-299-3188: Code 2025660753. Please contact Cassandra Vail (vail.cassandra@epa.gov, 202-566-0753) if you have any questions.

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December 19, 2012 - TRI Data Exchange Conference Call (monthly)

Tribes are also welcome to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call, which is generally held the third Wednesday of every month from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time. The call provides an opportunity for prospective TRI Data Exchange partners (i.e., Tribal authorities) to learn about this data sharing method via the Internet, and better understand the benefits of receiving reports electronically. The call in number will be: 1-866-299-3188, Code 2025660953. Please email Zach Scott (scott.zachary@epa.gov) of my staff if you plan to participate in the monthly TRI Data Exchange Conference Call.

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December 20, 2012 - EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Community Conference Call Community Conference Call

EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Community Conference Call

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: December 20, 2012

Time:1:00pm–2:00pm EST

Conference Line: 1–866–299–3188; code: 919–54–5624#
(phone line limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-served basis)

Purpose: To provide information on upcoming activities in EPA’s Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide updates on the:

Detroit Story – Kimberly Hill Knott, Policy Manager, Detroiters Working For
Environmental Justice (DWEJ)

EPA National Media Campaigns including the Asthma Childhood Media Campaign and the Living Healthy and Green Media Campaign – a description and source of media projects that are available and designed for diverse audiences. For additional information, visit the website www.epasa.com Exit Disclaimer
– Kristy Miller, OAR, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air

EPA’s Air Programs and Regulations – Air Data Reporting Rule
– Tom Driscoll, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)

For more information, contact Lena Epps-Price (epps-price@epa.gov),(919) 541-5573.

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January 10, 2013 - EPA and Corporation for National and State Community Service (AmeriCorps) Encourage Tribes to Apply for New Grant Opportunity

If you are interested in applying for this grant or have questions, AmeriCorps State and National is hosting a call on Thursday, January 10th for potential grant applicants at 2:00 pm eastern time. The call will be conducted in a standard format that includes a brief overview of the topic and a question and answer session with AmeriCorps Program Officers.

To register for the call please visit http://americorpstribecalljan102013.eventbrite.com/ Exit Disclaimer
Dial-In Number: 888-989-7598
Participant Passcode: 7193516


January 23, 2013 - National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Teleconference Meeting

http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/meetings.html

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Teleconference Meeting Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Wednesday, January 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary topic of discussion will be promoting community resiliency in overburdened industrial waterfront areas.

There will be a public comment period from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

To Register

When registering, please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up. Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Friday, January 11, 2013, deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone number.

Members of the public who wish to attend or to provide public comment must pre-register by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 11, 2013. Individuals or groups making remarks during the public comment period will be limited to five minutes. To accommodate the large number of people who want to address the NEJAC, only one representative of a community, organization, or group will be allowed to speak. Written comments can also be submitted for the record. The suggested format for individuals providing public comments is as follows: name of speaker; name of organization/community; city and state; and email address; brief description of the concern, and what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to do.

Written comments received by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 11, 2013, will be included in the materials distributed to the NEJAC prior to the teleconference. Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows. All written comments should be sent to EPA’s support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via email at NEJACJan2013Mtg@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com.

Information about Services for Individuals with Disabilities:
For information about access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, APEX Direct, Inc., at 877-773-0779 or via email at NEJACJan2013Mtg@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com.


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February 6, 2013 - Community Conference Call on U.S. EPA's Proposed Air Rules

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations
When
: February 6, 2013
Time
: 1:00pm-2:30pm EST
Conference Line
: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-5624# (The phone line is limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-served basis).
Purpose
: To provide information on upcoming activities in EPA's Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues.

EPA's Air Programs and Regulations

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a specific set of adjustments to Clean Air Act standards, originally finalized in March 2011, for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators. These adjustments maintain extensive public health protections achieved by the March 2011 standards by reducing toxic air pollution, including mercury and particle pollution.

Speakers: Jim Eddinger (919-541-5426; eddinger.jim@epa.gov), Mary Johnson (919-541-5025; johnson.mary@epa.gov) and Toni Jones (919-541-0316; jones.toni@epa.gov), Office of Air Quality Planning Standards (OAQPS), Sector Policies and Programs Division (SPPD).

For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/combustion/actions.html

Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) That Are Solid Waste: Revisions to the Final Rule
As part of the new commercial and industrial solid waste incinerator rule, EPA revised its March 2011 NHSM rule. The targeted revisions provide clarity to stakeholders in identifying the types of NHSMs that can be burned in boilers or solid waste incinerators and allows implementation of the rule as originally intended.

Speaker: George Faison (703-305-7652; faison.george@epa.gov), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)

For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/waste/nonhaz/define/index.html

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants
On December 20, 2012 in response to a federal court decision, petitions for reconsideration and technical information received after final rules were issued in 2010, the EPA finalized amendments to the agency's air toxics rules for Portland cement manufacturing. The amended rule will maintain dramatic reductions of mercury, acid gases, particulate matter and total hydrocarbons from existing cement kilns across the country, while ensuring that emissions from new kilns remain low.

Speaker: Sharon Nizich, 919-541-2825; nizich.sharon@epa.gov, Office of Air Quality Planning Standards (OAQPS), Sector Policies and Programs Division (SPPD).

For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/cement/actions.html

Registration

Register for the call: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/

For more information on the conference call, contact Lena Epps-Price (epps-price@epa.gov), (919) 541-5573.

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February 12, 2013 - 2013 NTAA RFA Public Information Teleconference

Please also note that OAR will be hosting a 2013 NTAA RFA Public Information Teleconference on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 2:00 pm (EDT). We will go through the RFA and answer questions. Anyone interested in applying and/or obtaining information on the 2013 NTAA RFA is welcome to join us. The conference call-in number is: 1.866.299.3188; call-in code: 202.343.9534.

OAR will address all RFA inquiries via email. Please submit all questions regarding the 2013 NTAA RFA to Rosalva Tapia tapia.rosalva@epa.gov). The answers to all inquires will be posted at: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html
on a weekly basis through out the open period. All questions answered during the teleconference will also be posted within a week of the call.

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