The National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) is an EPA Tribal Partnership Group. Its members can provide input and feedback to EPA, but are not authorized to Consult on behalf of their own Tribes, nor any other Tribe. NTTC works with EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) staff to understand what the potential implications to Tribes might be and creating clear statements of those potential impacts for distribution to Tribes.
NTTC is currently working with OPPT to engage tribes in consultation with EPA. For example, five tribal representatives were present for January 2013 consultation with EPA to revisit PCB Use Authorizations. Due to limited tribal participation, NTTC (and other tribal organizations) encouraged OPPT to provide tribes with additional consultation on the subject. Tribal consultation on PCB Use Authorizations was conducted on December 12, 2013 with 38 individuals representing 31 tribes and tribal organizations. NTTC outreach to engage tribes in the PCB Use Authorization consultation included developing fact sheets and providing EPA’s announcements and resources via the NTTC list serve. NTTC is also working with OPPT to improve their consultation process with tribes.
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In June 2012, the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) proposed assumptions to EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) to be evaluated and assessed for validity. The talking points prepared by NTTC, with responses by OPPT, were a starting point for discussion and the foundation for developing a true "meeting of minds."
OPPT Response to NTTC’s Tribal Consultation Discussion Points, October 2012