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Resources Related to Chemicals/Toxins

Safer Products for Facilities in Your Community

Learn about unsafe product chemicals, the Safer Choice program, and how to choose safer products for yourself and your [...]

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Student Curriculum: Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment

This nine-lesson program was designed to excite kids about environmental health and empower them to take steps in their everyday lives to improve the environment for their community and reduce their [...]

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Tribal Hazardous Substances Website

Tribal Hazardous Substances Website

Hazardous substances are present in each of our communities. People can be exposed to hazardous substances through many different avenues: in their homes, drinking from a contaminated water source, [...]

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National Mercury Reduction Programs Database

This searchable database shares information on local, state, and federal mercury reduction activities, results and who to contact for more information. Visitors to the site can search by state, [...]

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National Clean Diesel Campaign

National Clean Diesel Campaign

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) promotes clean air strategies by working with manufacturers, fleet operators, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and [...]

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US EPA Pesticide Fact Sheets and Health Information

EPA: Pesticides

Information about pests and pesticides commonly used in the US, including bed bugs, fleas and tics, triclosan, anti-microbial, etc. Includes health and safety, environmental effects, regulation, and [...]

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Solid Waste Guides and Factsheets for Rural Alaska Villages

Zender Environmental Health and Research Group develops and compiles documents and resources predominantly on the topic of solid waste and mostly for the Alaska Native Village audience. These [...]

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Tribal Green and Healthy Schools Initiative: Indoor Air Issues in Schools

Asthma presentation

This is the Indoor Air Issues in Schools session of the 2011 Green and Healthy Tribal Schools Inititiave. Speakers were: Ron Schiller - EPA, Katie Loveland - MT Dept. of Health and Human [...]

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Tribal Green and Healthy Schools Initiative: Reducing your Footprint: Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction

Tribal Green and Healthy Schools Initiative: Reducing your Footprint: Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction

This is the Reducing your Footprint: Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction session of the 2011 Green and Healthy Tribal Schools Inititiave. Speakers were: Tim Tolman - McKinstry, Myla Kelly - Peaks [...]

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National EPA-Tribal Science Council

The National EPA-Tribal Science Council (TSC) was created in partnership with Tribal representatives to help integrate agency and tribal interests, specifically with respect to environmental science [...]

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Guide to Hazardous Waste Management at Tribal Health Care Clinics

Health care facilities generate a wide variety of wastes some of which are regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Once identified as a hazardous waste, [...]

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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Brownfields State and Tribal Response Program

Montana State University provided the necessary training and educational guidance to successfully inventory and lab-pack hazardous chemicals at 5 schools on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. This [...]

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Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC) Environmental Brochures

NAEPC has good general informational brochures with guidance and resources to avoid pesticide exposure, and prevent landfill [...]

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Methamphetamine: Cleaning Up Meth

Brief fact sheet on pollution issues and cleanup cautions for methamphetamine contamination. Includes clues for recognizing a meth lab, and links to additional [...]

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American Indian Environmental Office – Tribal Portal

The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a "Tribal Portal" to help American Indian communities and supporters locate tribal related [...]

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Mille Lacs Band – Action to Reduce and Eliminate Mercury in Tribal Life of the Misi-zaagaa’igani Anishinaabeg

Powerpoint presentation given at the 2006 Environmental Summit. Summarizes tribal situation and history. Describes several approaches taken by the tribe to reduce mercury in the waste [...]

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The Nature of Indian Country and Barriers to Pollution Prevention

This presentation was given to a session of the 2006 Environmental Summit. The presentation describes the author's experiences visiting facilities located on tribal lands throughout Region 10, to 1) [...]

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U.S. EPA OPPT Tribal Strategic Plan – Fiscal Years 2004-2008

U.S. EPA OPPT Tribal Strategic Plan

The purpose of the Tribal Strategic Plan (TSP) is to promote the best use of resources to foster environmental gains in Indian country and other tribal areas, including Alaska (ICOTA). The Plan will [...]

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U.S. EPA Fish Advisory Website

Information about contaminants that could pose health risks when consuming fish. Website includes links to local fish advisory programs, a national listing of advisories, a newsletter, federal, [...]

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EPA-Tribal Implementation Plans for Regional Haze Rule

The goal of the Regional Haze Rule (RHR) is to eliminate human-caused visibility impairment in national parks and wilderness areas across the country. It contains strategies to improve visibility [...]

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Removing Mercury Switches

mercury switches

A video from Michigan DEQ on dangers of mercury switches and specific examples of how to remove them from automobiles, typically in 48 seconds or [...]

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Reducing and Recycling Mercury Switch Thermostats and Vehicle Components

reducing and recycling mercury switch thermostats and vehicle components

This report presents recommendations for improving efforts to reduce and recycle mercury components that are found in thermostats and motor vehicles. Illinois EPA prepared the report in response to [...]

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Tribal News – Echoes of Green in Indian Country

Tribal News - Echoes of Green in Indian Country

This 64 page newsletter includes news and events, discusses new technologies with case study examples, and referes to new resources. Some of the specific topics covered in this issue include: wind [...]

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Tribal Guidance for Section 309 of the Regional Haze Rule

A Tribe that develops a Regional Haze (RH) Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP) will actively contribute to helping reduce or eliminate haze in its airshed. This document is intended for the 185 [...]

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Model TIP Template for Section 309 of the Regional Haze Rule

The 309 Regional Haze TIP template may be used by those federally recognized tribes located in any of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and [...]

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Treating Head Lice Infestation

Answers to these common questions about this topic: How can I treat a head lice infestation? My child has head lice. I don't. Should I treat myself to prevent being infested? Should my pets be [...]

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P2Rx Household Hazardous Waste Topic Hub

Describes what household hazardous waste is and the scope of the issue in the US for agencies wishing to conduct collection events. Gives information about disposal and treatment options as well as [...]

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P2Rx Electronic Waste Topic Hub

Describes electronic wastes (TVs, video and computer monitors, printed wiring boards, relays, switches, etc.) and the environemntal hazards involved in improper disposal in landfills and associated [...]

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P2Rx Textile Manufacturing Topic Hub

Provides a description and history of textiles industry in the US along with an overview of key processes, the waste streams produced, opportunities for more efficient manufacturing, and economic and [...]

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Connected to the Earth – Risk Assessment Tool

A do-it-yourself risk assessment tool for homeowners to evaluate environmental and health risks in and around their homes. From keeping drinking water safe to avoiding household hazards like [...]

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P2Rx Auto Body Topic Hub

This guide has basic information about pollution prevention for auto body shops and links to a collection of online resources. Information describes industry demographics, key processes and the [...]

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P2Rx Auto Repair Topic Hub

Descriptions of typical material inputs, wastes and pollution prevention options in the automotive repair industry. The hub also includes a bibliography of on-line resources with more information and [...]

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P2Rx Mercury Topic Hub

Overview of mercury sources and issues including: health effects, releases to the atmosphere, mercury in products, mercury travel in the environment, fish advisories and assistance approaches. [...]

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P2Rx Printing – Flexography Topic Hub

Describes the working process of flexographic printing with input/output process diagrams and outlines regulatory and compliance issues found in each step of the process. Includes activities and [...]

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Mining Waste Management in Indian Country

Descriptions of U. S. EPA publications designed to assist tribal leaders, environmental personnel and the general public with mining and mineral processing issues. It includes publications relating [...]

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Healthy Environments Grants from Kresge

The places where we live shape our health. Unfortunately, many people live in neighborhoods that have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and [...]

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News Related to Chemicals/Toxins

Nov
13

Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came […]

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Dec
20

Puyallup tribe asks court to halt permits for Tacoma gas plant

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians wants permits issued for a liquified natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats to be yanked, saying the environmental plan for the $275 million facility on the Hylebos Waterway is deficient. The tribe is worried that contaminated soils will be exposed by a proposed barge […]

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Nov
30

Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups

Northshore Mining Company wants to enlarge its 12-mile-long taconite pit near Babbitt into and area that contains sulfur-bearing rock, the same type of rock that would yield copper, nickel and precious metals for the proposed PolyMet mine just a few miles to the south. Environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand […]

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Nov
9

$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine

The problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. University of New Mexico researchers have received a $3.5 million federal grant to study the health and environmental consequences of such waste […]

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Oct
7

Tribes say Sandpiper threatens treaty rights

Native American groups say that the proposed route of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, which crosses grasslands in Minnesota on its way from North Dakota to Wisconsin, violates their treaty rights to fish, hunt and gather crops, in particular, wild rice. The tribes, which include Ojibwe groups, also known as […]

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Aug
14

Tribal centers host mercury collection buckets

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is partnering with two other organizations to help rid the region of excess mercury.

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Aug
6

$4.3 Million Settlement Over Reid-Gardner Coal Plant for Moapa Paiute Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/08/06/43-million-settlement-over-reid-gardner-coal-plant-moapa-paiute-161299

A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians over contaminants from the coal-fired Reid Gardner Power Generation Station near Las Vegas has been settled for $4.3 million.

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Jun
7

In St. Paul, tar sands pipeline protest draws thousands

Thousands gathered in St. Paul to protest Minnesota’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Young and old alike flooded the streets in downtown St. Paul for the Tar Sands Resistance March, which organizing groups hoped would open eyes to the practices of companies who extract and ship crude oil from the northern Alberta […]

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Apr
24

Quapaw Tribe Environmental Cleanup Project

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has just been green-lighted for a nearly $2 million environmental cleanup project. Approximately 80,000 tons of hazardous material off Highway 69, just northeast of Quapaw, will be removed. “There’s been a lot of economic value taken out of this area from tribal members. To clean […]

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Dec
31

NV Energy pulls plug on three of Reid Gardner plant’s four coal-fired generators

The Reid Gardner Power Plant has closed three of its four coal-generated units, a symbolic victory for Nevada’s environmental advocates and the Moapa Band of Paiutes. NV Energy, the plant’s operator, says it retired the three 100-megawatt generators on Dec. 20.

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Nov
19

New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to tackle issues facing the tribe, a strategy, he says, the previous administration was not apt to do. In a meeting with Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday, […]

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Oct
23

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Missoula file lawsuit against DEQ

Local government agencies, Indian tribes and a nonprofit environmental group have filed suit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. A representative of one of them calls it “absurd” that DEQ has transferred a wastewater discharge permit allowing high levels of pollution from the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp and […]

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Oct
22

U.S. tribes opposed to proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they’re opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase the number of oil tankers plying West Coast waters.

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Aug
15

How one Pacific Northwest tribe is carving out a resistance to coal — and winning

The Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, has taken an uncompromising stand against the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country: the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If completed, it would export 48 million tons of coal mined from Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and in […]

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Jul
11

The Yakama Nation vs. Coal Pollution

Tribal objection to coal pollution like the objections of conservationists and sportsmen alike has seemingly been not enough to stop coal from threatening the fisheries of the Columbia River. After all, no less than the New York Times has been detailing the opposition of Native American tribes to northwest coal […]

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Jun
27

Wisconsin: Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal

Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by the state regulators and another federal agency. The request is similar to one made before a decision […]

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Jun
16

Ford pays for Ramapough tribe medicine garden on former toxic site

Vincent Mann’s voice echoed across the clearing of trees as people knelt in the soft earth, sweetgrass plants in their hands. Some stopped and held up the plants to pray before placing them in a spiral on land that the Ramapough Lenape nation has called home for thousands of years. […]

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Jun
4

Oklahoma tribe signs agreements for waste site cleanup

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has signed an agreement with the state to clean up contaminated waste leftover from decades of mining.

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Jun
2

Utes awarded EPA funds for landfill cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded $200,000 grant to clean up an abandoned landfill on the outskirts of Towaoc.

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May
28

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe receives funds to clean up Old Swiftbird Day School site

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will receive a $200K EPA Brownfields grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up and redevelop the Old Swiftbird Day School site in South Dakota.

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Apr
25

Study Maps Groundwater Contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation

The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.

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Apr
23

ND Tribes Warn of the Environmental Impact of Oil

Leaders of North Dakota’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

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Feb
2

Uranium mill west of Cortez, CO faces possible suit over radon

Grand Canyon Trust has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue Energy Fuels Resources for violations of the Clean Air Act and illegal tailing storage practices at its White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah. “We’ve always had concerns of contamination from the mill onto our land and water sources,” […]

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Jan
13

Ute Tribe makes effort to control trash fires

Ute leaders are trying to change the behavior of burning all garbage, and are embarking on a education campaign about the health hazards to the air, water and soil. At a public hearing last week in Towaoc, the tribe’s environmental specialists discussed the persistent problem of burning at an abandoned landfill […]

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