US EPA - TAMS Center
4220 S. Maryland Parkway Bldg C
Las Vegas, NV 89119
itep@nau.edu

Welcome to Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center

The TAMS Center offers different training courses that focus on a variety of topics related to ambient and indoor air quality monitoring. To date, over 1,900 tribal professionals have been trained by the TAMS Center, representing 298 tribes.

TAMS Center courses have been designed to complement other American Indian Air Quality Training Program courses, and generally address more advanced air quality issues. Each course is designed with tribal audiences and issues in mind, integrating tribal case studies and tribal professionals as part of the instructional team in every course. Class size is kept to a minimum to ensure a higher level of interaction and one-on-one training opportunities with the instructors.

Federal Government Shutdown effect to TAMS Center Services
Because the Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center is a collaborative program between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), a portion of the TAMS Center services are currently affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The facility where the TAMS Center is located, the USEPA National Center for Radiation Field Operations, is currently closed. As a result, the upcoming course scheduled for February 12-15, the Indoor Air Quality Diagnostic Tools Course, will be postponed to a date to be determined. Notification regarding other courses planned for the TAMS Center will be sent out pending the latest information on the federal government shutdown. Other TAMS Center services that are affected are the equipment loan service and the filter weighing service which are both unavailable during the shutdown. TAMS staff that are currently on furlough are Farshid Farsi, EPA-TAMS Co-Director, and Kent Bartholomew, TAMS Equipment Manager. The other TAMS staff who are non-federal employees (Christopher Lee, Darlene Santos, Angelique Luedeker, Melinda Ronca-Battista, and Michael King) are still working, and therefore, the PA (Professional Assistance) service through the TAMS Center is still available. All NAU ITEP-TAMS staff can be reached at their NAU email addresses.

Co-Director:
Christopher Lee
702-784-8278
Christopher.Lee@nau.edu
Co-Director:
Farshid Farsi
702-784-8263
Farsi.Farshid@epa.gov



Virgil Masayesva Tribal Air Programs Excellence Award

It is that time of the year, the TAMS Steering Committee members along with the NTAA Executive Committee members and ITEP are preparing to hold the 2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ) in May, 2019.

Please nominate your colleagues that have done an outstanding job in the past year to promote advancement of environmental management of their tribes to receive Virgil Masayesva Environmental Excellence award. The nomination forms are accessible through TAMS website.

The deadline for submission is February 22, 2019.

Nominate a recipient.



TAMS Equipment Loans

The TAMS Center maintains a collection of well maintained and calibrated, EPA-owned monitors available on loan to tribal air programs.

Learn more about Equipment Loans.



TAMS Technical Needs Assessment

In order to more accurately align the technical services of the TAMS Center to the future Tribal support needs, the TAMS Steering Committee has developed an online Technical Needs Assessment. The TAMS SC is requesting the participation from Tribes nationwide, with or without current air quality program/project funding, to complete the assessment. This online questionnaire will be open until March 10, 2017. The TAMS Center is planning to have the results of this assessment available by the National Tribal Forum in 2017.

Technical Needs Assessment online application.




Email Listserv

Email:
Tribal Air Monitoring Support Listserv (for air quality monitoring equipment, spare parts and project assistance and information exchange.)