See this document for more detailed information. EPA is developing guidelines for tribes to request confidential business information (or "CBI") at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0652-0007 All of the draft documents, including how to identify if the request is made due to an emergency, are available at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0652
Click here for a draft template letter that tribes may use to develop their own comments on the guidelines
Urgent! The Draft FY 2018-2022 EPA Strategic Plan, is now out for public comment through October 31, 2017.
The Federal Register notice: Federal Register notice
The Draft Strategic Plan: Draft Strategic Plan
Consistent with government-wide requirements, the Strategic Plan establishes the goals, objectives, and measures for achieving positive environmental outcomes over the next four years. This draft Plan is designed to refocus the agency back to its core mission, restore power to the states through cooperative federalism, and lead the agency through process and the rule of law. It captures the key areas the EPA Administrator will emphasize to transform the way the agency does business.
This session was led by EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) and was set up to have most of the time dedicated to tribal feedback and an exchange of dialogue. OCSPP management and other EPA Program Offices also participated in the meeting. OCFO extended the comment period to Friday, August 4th 2017. You can provide written comments regarding OCSPP’s Program to Beth Burchard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Blair Budd (email@example.com) and Jennifer Vernon (firstname.lastname@example.org); please also cc: Cindy Wire (email@example.com), Edna Kapust (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amanda Hauff (email@example.com). It is requested you use the FY 2018-2019 Draft NPM Guidance External Comments Template. Responses to comments will be posted on August 21st 2017 at EPA’s NPM Guidance website: https://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/national-program-manager-guidances – you can also find all of the Draft FY 2018-2019 NPM Guidances now available here. Lastly, you will find additional materials being posted to EPA’s Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System (https://tcots.epa.gov) next week. OCFO plans to post an overview document that captures speaking points from each Program Office from the July 11th Tribal Consultation Session.
Meeting Logistics: EPA Tribal Consultation Session on FY 2018-2019 Draft NPM Guidance
Date: Monday, July 31, 2017
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
Phone and Code: 1-866-299-3188; Code: 202-564-3020
Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/r2n02plqsrx/
Agenda: Click here
January 2017 – Consultation and Coordination on three rulemakings required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
Are you concerned about chemicals in the products you buy – like household cleaners or baby toys? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is initiating a consultation and coordination with federally-recognized Indian tribes on three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) proposed actions that affect the consermer products you may buy:
1) A proposed procedural rule required under section 6 regarding EPA’s process for prioritizing chemicals as either a High- or Low-Priority for further evaluation;
2) A proposed procedural rule required under section 6 regarding EPA’s process for conducting Risk Evaluations on priority chemicals; and,
3) A proposed reporting rule required under TSCA section 8 requiring a one-time notification to EPA by manufacturers (including importers) if they have manufactured or imported a substance in the past 10 years, that will enable EPA to label “active” and “inactive” chemical subsets of the TSCA Inventory.
Respond to Open Tribal Consultation until March 14, 2017! Share with EPA your concerns about making sure Tribal populations are appropriately considered in the risk evaluations for these chemicals. EPA has set two Tribal Consultations calls:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Tribal Consultation 1 from 1:00-4:00 pm (EDT)
Call-in Number: 1-866-900-8984 Conference ID number: 30653848
Thursday, February 23, 2017, Tribal Consultation 2 from 1:00-4:00 pm (EDT)
Call-in Number: 1-866-900-8984 Conference ID number: 30667674
For a list of talking points for these calls, CLICK HERE
If you are unavailable for these consultation calls and have comments, including written comments, on any of these actions, please send them to Irina Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. postal service at:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics – MC 7408M
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20460
See EPA's tribal consultation website: https://tcots.epa.gov
Respond to Tribal Consultation until September 12, 2016! Share with EPA your concerns of the larger amount human exposure to chemical agents (stressors) that American Indians and Alaska Natives experience due to longer and more frequent contact with the environment and it's resources. The new guidelines will have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts to measuring the negative effects of chemicals on tribal people and tribal lifeways: lifegiving natural resources gathered and harvested throughout the year.
See EPA's tribal consultation website: http://tcots.epa.gov/oita/tconsultation.nsf/x/59FA91794F84147485257FAF00641673?opendocument
And the documents posted online during the peer review, public comment period: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0684
Draft Guidance for Conducting Fish Consumption Surveys
EPA is initiating tribal consultation on the draft Guidance for Conducting Fish Consumption Surveys for tribal review and comment. This is an update to the 1998 guidance.
NOTE! Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time: The ONLY Webinar on Draft Guidance for Conducting Fish Consumption Surveys. To register for the webinar click on the following link:
And to join the webinar even if you haven't registered, go to:http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/fishprogram/. Simply type your name and click the ‘Enter Room’ button to join the webinar. You will also need to call in; please dial 1-866-299-3188, conference code 202-566-2083.
The draft guidance is accessible at https://www.epa.gov/fish-tech/guidance-conducting-fish-consumption-surveys
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended
Stay updated on EPA activities in implementing the newly amended TSCA!
TSCA is the primary U.S. law for chemicals management, especially chemicals that are in products manufactured or imported for sale in consumer products, such as furniture, paint, cleaning products, clothing, air fresheners, and such. The new major amendment was passed by Congress and on June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. TSCA was originally passed in 1976.
First Year Implementation Plan: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act-2 Check out this site to see what EPA has to get done in the first year after the law was signed on June 22, 2016.