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EPA Consultation and Coordination Policy

Final Policy for Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes

On May 4, 2011, Former Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the release of the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes (PDF) (10 pp, 213K). The Policy is a result of the Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation issued November 5, 2009, directing agencies to develop a plan to implement fully Executive Order 13175.

The Policy establishes clear EPA standards for the consultation process, including defining the what, when, and how of consultation; designates specific EPA personnel responsible for serving as consultation points of contact in order to promote consistency in, and coordination of, the consultation process; and establishes a management oversight and reporting structure that will ensure accountability and transparency. The Policy sets a broad standard for when EPA should consider consulting with federally-recognized tribal governments based upon Executive Order 13175 and the principles expressed in the 1984 EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations (1984 Policy).

The 1984 Policy remains the cornerstone for EPA’s Indian program and assure[s] that tribal concerns and interests are considered whenever EPA’s actions and/or decisions may affect tribes.

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