The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Initiates Consultation Actions under EPA's New Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy for First Reporting Period (October 1st 2012- March 30th 2013). Read more.
EPA's National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC) will hold its third meeting in Washington, D.C., June 12-14, 2012 in Washington, DC. The committee was established to engage tribes and provide an opportunity for greater input on issues related to chemical safety and pollution prevention. Read more and read the press release.
Don't miss the Summer 2011 edition of "Tribal News" (60 pp, 2.55 MB, About PDF) devoted to training and innovation. Featuring EPA's and other training resources, it's aimed at helping tribes enhance their program expertise, technical skills, knowledge base, and problem solving. It also highlights innovative environmental solutions to safeguarding public health and the environment.
The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) manages a Tribal program to better communicate our programs and activities with Native American Indian Tribes. Our goal is to build more effective partnerships with Tribes to safeguard and protect human health and the environment from toxic hazards and to promote pollution prevention in Indian country. Improving communication between EPA and Tribes is our main priority so that we can better exchange and coordinate information on issues facing Indian country.
As part of the Agency's priority to build strong tribal partnerships and expand the conversation on environmental justice, EPA established a National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC). NTTC gives tribes a forum for providing advice on the development of EPA’s chemical management and pollution prevention programs that affect tribes. Given the uniqueness of tribal cultures, communities and environmental problems, the goal of the forum is to help EPA better tailor and more efficiently address a variety of issues including:
- Preventing poisoning from lead-based paint
- Expanding pollution prevention and safer chemical initiatives in Indian country
- Improving evaluation of unique chemical exposures on tribal lands.
The committee is aimed at increasing the already close collaboration and communication with federally recognized tribes and intertribal organizations on critical issues relating to chemical safety and pollution prevention that affect Native peoples.Visit the official NTTC Website hosted by the National Tribal Environmental Council
For more information contact:
- Irina Myers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-8822