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Consultation and Coordination on the proposed "Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia" (previously reviewed as "Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity")

EPA's Office of International & Tribal Affairs has initiated consultation and coordination on the proposed new Guidance for the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP). This Guidance contains a revised "Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity" previously shared for consultation with tribes from August 2011 through January 2012. The Agency has used the feedback received during that initial six month period to substantially revise the document. When finalized, this new Guidance will supersede existing Agency guidance on the GAP. The proposed new Guidance will establish an overall framework for tribes and EPA to follow in building tribal environmental protection program capacities with GAP resources. Consultation will end on February 22, 2013 and EPA will issue a final Guidance in May, 2013. This consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes (PDF) (10 pp, 213K,  About PDF) and encourages all tribes to participate in this consultation and coordination process and is seeking comments from tribes until February 22, 2013. Tribes may submit comments to silver.edna@epa.gov or submit comments on-line below.

EPA will consider comments made during the consultation and coordination period for the Proposed Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia (Guidance) regarding solid waste implementation activities as The Environmental Protection Agency-Wide Plan to Provide Solid Waste Management Capacity Assistance to Tribes (Plan) is finalized.  This will ensure consistency between the Plan and the Guidance.  Both the Plan and the Guidance will be finalized by May 2013.

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Edna Silver
American Indian Environmental Office
Mail Code 2690R
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Washington, DC 20460

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Edna Silver (silver.edna@epa.gov)

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