NTAA: Policy Response Kits

Policy Response Kits: Current US EPA actions


The NTAA EC directed staff to craft and release Policy Response Kits on these current U.S. EPA actions:
Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
NTAA has prepared a Policy Response Kit on EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The Policy Response Kit includes NTAA’s comment letter submitted to EPA, a template letter your Tribe can use to submit comments and a basic fact sheet. EPA is accepting comments until April 26, 2018.

EPA will hold three listening sessions in San Francisco, California, Gillette, Wyoming, and Kansas City, Missouri. Details on exact locations and times will be announced on this EPA website.

The CPP established emission guidelines for states to follow in limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing electric generating units (EGUs) approximately 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed repeal of the CPP and will has provided notice of advanced rule making for a replacement for the CPP. Under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and supported by the Supreme Court’s Endangerment Finding, CO2 is considered to be a pollutant and therefore must be regulated by the EPA.

FY 18 Proposed Federal Budget Cuts to Tribal Air Programs
NTAA has prepared a Policy Response Kit for your Tribe to use in commenting to the U.S. EPA on the FY18 proposed budget put forth by President Trump that would severely cut the State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) appropriation and other federal grants for Tribes needed to build and sustain their air programs. As put forth in the President’s, “AMERICA FIRST: A BUDGET BLUEPRINT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” the 2018 Budget requests $5.7 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a reduction of $2.6 billion, or 31%, from the 2017 annualized CR level. There is no public comment period but NTAA urges all Tribes to send a clear message to the U.S. EPA about how these proposed budget cuts would impact Tribal air quality work.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) draft Environmental Justice Strategy NTAA has prepared a Policy Response Kit for your Tribe to use in commenting on U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) draft Environmental Justice Strategy.

NTAA urges your Tribe to submit comments to HUD by February 15th, 2017 in order to better represent Tribal air quality concerns into the draft EJ Strategy of HUD.