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September 30, 2011 - Teleconference: Consultation and Coordination on 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:

September 21, 2011 - 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

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 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 12, 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.

August 30, 2011 - Teleconference: Consultation and Coordination on 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:

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:

July 14, July 27, and August 3, 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 31, 2011 - Consultation and Coordination on Draft EPA Guidance Interpreting What are "Waters of the United States"

Submit your comments by July 31, 2011.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period by 30 days for the draft guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act. In response to requests from state and local officials, as well as other stakeholders, EPA and the Corps will take additional comment until July 31, 2011 on this important draft guidance that aims to protect U.S. waters. These waters are critical for the health of the American people, the economy and ecosystems in communities across the country.

EPA is initiating consultation and coordination with Indian Tribes on draft EPA guidance interpreting what are "waters of the United States" that are subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) authority. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are jointly proposing this draft guidance to clarify how the EPA and the Corps understand existing requirements of the CWA and the agencies' implementing regulations in light of two Supreme Court decisions concerning the extent of waters covered by the Act (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) (2001)' and United States v. Rapanos (Rapanos)"(2006)).

EPA is formally initiating a process to consult with federally-recognized Indian tribes. EPA has also invited the Corps to participate in this process. This consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes. EPA invites you and your designated consultation representative(s) to participate in this process.

Enclosed is a consultation plan for this action that includes a description of the action under consultation, and the process EPA intends to follow, including a timeline for the consultation and coordination period and information on how you can provide input on this action.

The official EPA contact person for this consultation and coordination process is Felicia Wright, Office of Water Tribal Coordinator, at 202-566-1886, wright.felicia@epa.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact Felicia Wright if you have any questions or would like to request alternate arrangements to the process outlined in the consultation plan.

Webcast Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Tribal Consultation 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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July 28, 2011 - Final Consultation and Coordination on Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking

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:

  • expanding the currently regulated areas of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to include rapidly developing areas
  • establishing specific post-construction requirements to control stormwater discharges from newly developed (and re-developed) sites
  • requiring certain regulated municipal separate storm sewer systems to address stormwater discharges from existing development through improved stormwater management.

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

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:

  • expanding the currently regulated areas of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to include rapidly developing areas
  • establishing specific post-construction requirements to control stormwater discharges from newly developed (and re-developed) sites
  • requiring certain regulated municipal separate storm sewer systems to address stormwater discharges from existing development through improved stormwater management.

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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July 19, 2011 - Webinars on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy Development (2-4 pm Eastern Daylight Time)

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/915892355 Exit Disclaimer.
Participate in one EPA’s webinars for tribes to learn more about and discuss the Strategy and its development.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

  • System Requirements:
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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July 7, 2011 and 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.

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 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 1, 2011 - Webinars on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy Development (2-4 pm Eastern Daylight Time)

Participate in one EPA’s webinars for tribes to learn more about and discuss the Strategy and its development.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/415291538 Exit Disclaimer.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

  • System Requirements:
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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May 26,2011 - Tribal Consultation Webcast on Draft Clean Water Protection Guidance "Waters of the United States"

Please join us for a one-hour Webinar on May 26. You must register in advance to attend this webcast.

This webinar will provide background and details regarding EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Draft Clean Water Protection Guidance. There will be time for questions. The target audience for this webinar is tribal leaders or their designees, and interested tribal representatives.

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/981245211 Exit Disclaimer

Title: Webinar: Tribal Consultation on Draft Clean Water Protection Guidance - Damaris Christensen
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

  • System Requirements:
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Please note that notice of this webinar as part of a consultation notification letter was also hard-copied mailed to all federally-recognized tribal leaders this week.

For more information, please contact Damaris Christensen at christensen.damaris@epa.gov.

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May 24, 2011 - Stormwater Webinar - EPA's Proposed Construction General Permit

On April 25, 2011, EPA released the proposed Construction General Permit (CGP) regulating the discharge of stormwater from large and small construction activities. The CGP includes new requirements that implement the technology-based Effluent Limitation Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards, which were issued by EPA for the construction and development industry on December 1, 2009. The CGP also includes new water quality-based requirements for construction sites discharging stormwater to waters requiring additional pollutant control.

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