Tribal Participation in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) Process (Level 2)

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Course Description:
Tribal air quality is often impaired by pollution from upwind off-reservation sources subject to regulations contained in a State Implementation Plan (SIP). Giving input concerning how and when the sources are controlled could improve air quality for down-wind tribal communities. Tribes in such a situation may want to learn about, and perhaps get involved in, the neighboring jurisdiction’s SIP development process.

This course will focus on tribal authority, the State Implementation Plan (SIP) process, geographic information tools (GIS), and data needed for addressing air quality problems. Participants will learn ways to build successful working relationships with federal and state air quality agencies, with the goal of reducing local air pollution.

Topics include:
  • The impact of federal air quality programs on tribes.

  • TAR, TAS, and TIP

  • How states develop/implement federal, state, and local air programs and why it matters to tribes.

  • How the SIP process gives tribes opportunities to engage.

  • Assessing air quality using GIS.

  • The role of emissions inventory in SIP development.

  • How a tribe can work most effectively with state agencies.

  • Opportunities for collaboration with tribal, state, and federal air quality experts.

Prerequisite Courses:
  • Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or equivalent training/experience)

Lydia Scheer, 928/523-6887,

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Last updated: August 2, 2011


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