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EPA's Air Quality Compliance Assistance Web site provides links to documents, tools, other information related to protecting air resources.

Air Resources
  Clean Air Inspections
  Air Pollution
  Air Pollution Training
  Air Quality And Monitoring
  Asbestos and Radon
General Assistance Materials
  Compliance and Technical Assistance Training
  Compliance Assistance Centers
Selected Enforcement Guidance

Air Resources

Clean Air Inspections

EPA's Clean Air Compliance Monitoring Web site offers information on conducting inspections stationary (major and minor facilities), mobile sources and other sources of air pollutants. This information, including inspection manuals and other guidance, provides a uniform framework for assuring compliance with clean air laws and regulations in order to protect human health and the environment.


Air Pollution

Air Pollution Project Assistance, CFDA: 66.009, provides information and encourages increased dissemination of air pollution literature. It also supports research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, surveys, and studies, as well as training, related to air pollution. Contact EPA's Regional Tribal Coordinator and EPA's Office of Air and Radiation at (919) 541-5557.

Clean Air Act Tribal Authority Rule implements section 301(d) of CAA, which authorizes the EPA Administrator to establish eligibility requirements for tribes to be treated in the same manner as states.


Air Pollution Training

Air Pollution Training Institute provides special courses and workshops on air issues: ambient monitoring, engineering, meteorology and modeling, air toxics, permitting, entry-level training, inspections, sampling analysis, compliance assurance, and statistical analysis. The curriculum is available in classroom, telecourse, self-instruction, and web-based formats.

Basic Concepts in Environmental Science: Air Pollution Training contains self-study reading material and problems that review important fundamental engineering principles and concepts used in a number of Air Pollution Training Institute courses on control technology, permit review, and compliance monitoring and inspection.

American Indian Air Quality Training Program Exit EPA Disclaimer provides air quality training to tribes through a cooperative agreement between EPA and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.





Air Quality And Monitoring

Tribal Air Monitoring Center Exit EPA Disclaimer is designed to meet the needs of tribes involved in air quality management and offers an array of training and support services to tribal air professionals.

Ambient Air Monitoring Program is a national network of air monitoring stations that provide raw air quality data and source inventory data submitted to air pollution control agencies.

EPA's Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center contains information and files on ambient air quality monitoring programs, monitoring methods, related documents and articles, information on air quality trends and non attainment areas, and related federal regulations.

EPA's Technology Transfer Network offers tools to estimate air pollutant emissions, downloadable computer code for regulatory air models, guidance, or request technical support to implement air pollution control programs.


Asbestos and Radon

Tribal School Compliance Initiative - AHERA trains representatives of tribal schools in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon to ensure compliance with requirements of AHERA. Joint project between EPA Region 10 and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Contact: Jayne Carlin (carlin.jayne@epa.gov) or (206) 553-4762.

Regional Radon Training Centers develop information and provide training to government officials, professional and private firms, and the public on radon health risks and methods of radon measurement and mitigation. Contact (800) 513-8332.

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General Assistance Materials

Everything You Wanted to Know About Environmental Regulations..But Were Afraid to Ask offers brief, clear information on many topics and identifies where tribes can turn for in-depth information and assistance. Contact: EPA Region 7, Elizabeth Wendt (wendt.elizabeth@epa.gov).


Compliance and Technical Assistance Training

EPA's National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) trains federal, state, tribal, and local lawyers, inspectors, civil and criminal investigators, and technical experts in the enforcement of the Nation's environmental laws. NETI provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to training in which enforcement and compliance personnel are trained in a range of specialities in order to work together more effectively as a team. The Government Training, National Enforcement Training Institute Web site provides more information.

EPA's Working Effectively with Tribal Governments Training is designed to increase EPA staff understanding of tribal legal and cultural issues, acquaint EPA staff with the EPA Indian policy and its place in the management of environmental programs, and provide suggestions and practical tips for EPA staff members who work with tribes. EPA's Tribal Training Materials page of the American Indian Environmental Office Web site provides more information.

Western Community Policing Center's Tribal Training Program Exit EPA Disclaimer promotes safe, healthy, and stable Indian reservation communities by providing tribal justice systems with the funding and technical assistance necessary to effectively reduce crime and administer justice.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Environmental Health Education Program (PDF) (2 pp, 156K, About PDF) provides resources for tribal health professionals to identify, prevent, and respond to health issues related to environmental contamination.

Training Tribal Environmental Professionals: Using a Project, Not a Projector [by P. Ellsworth, et al.,] offers training that is sensitive to the vast cultural heritage of Native Americans.

EPA's Grant Writing Tutorial Exit EPA Disclaimer is interactive software that walks users through the grant-writing process and helps them learn to write more competitive grants. The program includes detailed information and tips on writing a grant proposal, how to complete a grant application package, and program-specific sections on three EPA grant programs: environmental justice, environmental justice through pollution prevention, and environmental education.

Cherokee Nation Geographic Information System Training Program is for tribal map-making professionals and those interested in learning more about tribal mapping methods and GIS technology. Contact Laura Harjo (gis-info@cherokee.org) or at (800) 256-0671, ext. 2421.


Compliance Assistance Centers

Each Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer addresses real world issues faced by a specific industry or government sector. The Centers deliver information in many forms: Web sites, telephone assistance lines, fax-back systems, and e-mail discussion groups. The Centers help tribes understand an array of environmental requirements, and offers information on how to save money by preventing pollution in the first place.

The Centers Include:
CCAR-GreenLink® Exit EPA Disclaimer ChemAlliance Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The Transportation Center Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Paint and Coatings Resource Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The National Metal Finishing Center Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Printing and Wiring Board Resource Center Exit EPA Disclaimer FedCenter
The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network Exit EPA Disclaimer Environmental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The Border Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Selected Enforcement and Compliance Guidance Related to Indian Country

Protecting Public Health and the Environment Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Indian Country, A Strategy for Results (March 2004) is provided on the Compliance and Enforcement Tribal Resources Web site.

Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (November 2000) is provided on the Federal Register Environmental Documents Web site.

EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations (November 8, 1984) Web site provides information about and the text of the policy.

Guidance on the Enforcement Principles Outlined in the 1984 Indian Policy (January, 17, 2001), the EPA's Tribal Compliance and Enforcement Web site provides links related to the guidance for the 1984 Indian Policy.

EPA Region 4 Policy and Practices for Environmental Protection in Indian Country (November, 2001) provides guidance and information for employees of Region 4 working with federally recognized tribes.

EPA Region 5 Direct Implementation Strategy for Indian Country for Fiscal Year 2005, the Region 5 Indian Environmental Office Web site provides links to the 2005 and 2006 versions of the document.

EPA Region 8 Guidance for Compliance Monitoring, Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Procedures in Indian Country (January 10, 2001) sets the procedures for compliance assistance and enforcement procedures in Region 8 Indian country.

Interim Final National Policy Statement for Underground Storage Tank Program Implementation in Indian Country (OSWER Directive 9610.15A).

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For related information visit EPA’s National Indian Country Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority site and EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program in Indian country site.


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