TAMS Services

Tribal School Air Toxics Monitoring Project:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended air quality monitoring at 63 schools around the country as part of a new initiative to ensure children are breathing healthy outdoor air. EPA identified schools for monitoring based on information that raised some questions about air quality that merit investigation. That information included the best data available to EPA scientists about air pollution in the vicinity of schools, results of a computer modeling analysis, results from a recent newspaper analysis, and information from state and local air agencies. Unfortunately, because of limited information on tribal schools and limited emissions information, most tribal schools could not be considered in time for EPA’s analysis of the schools initially chosen to conduct monitoring. The term &tribal school& refers to any school located within a reservation boundary or any school operated by a tribe, BIA or tribal agency (regardless of location). EPA is still concerned that lack of information/data does not necessarily mean there is not a problem in Indian country and wants to ensure that we are investing in potential air toxics impacts around tribal schools as well. In order to accomplish this parallel effort to the national study, EPA, working with the Regional Offices, identified two tribal schools with appropriate conditions to initiate this monitoring effort.

Current Project and Application:
The TAMS Center has since received additional monitoring equipment from the national air toxics monitoring initiative that the center can loan to tribes to conduct 60 to 90 day sampling projects. Interested tribes will need to identify the particular air toxic of concern and complete the application to be considered for the air toxics monitoring study. The project operation and application process is explained below.

Planning and Operations Procedures: Tribal School Air Toxics Monitoring Study:

Monitors will be rotated to new school locations through an application process. Decisions on the schools, school priority and length of time for the monitoring will be determined by criteria outlined in the TSATM Application.

Application Packet:
Click HERE to download application packet. [msWord]

For more information, please contact:
Chris Lee, TAMS Co-Director