Tribal Air Program FAQs:

Introduction and General Information:

Tribal Air Program Basics

    Why should a tribe develop an air quality management program?

    What is the Tribal Authority Rule (TAR)?

    What is a federally approved Tribal Air Program?

    How does tribal sovereignty relate to a federally approved Tribal Air Program?

Starting Federally Supported Air Program Activities

    What financial assistance is available for tribes interested in assessing air quality or managing an air program?

    What technical assistance is available for tribes interested in assessing air quality or managing an air program?

Assessing Tribal Air Quality

    How can the tribe determine a need for an air quality management program?

Outreach and Education

    How can public outreach and education be optimized?

Technical Activities:

Source Identification

    What is a Source ID and how is one conducted?

    What sources of pollution are common in Indian Country?

Emissions Inventories

    What is an Emissions Inventory (EI)?

    Does the tribe need to conduct an Emissions Inventory?

    How can the tribe conduct an Emissions Inventory?

    What is the National Emissions Inventory (NEI)?

Monitoring

    Does the tribe need to conduct air monitoring, and if so, how can it begin monitoring?

    What kinds of monitoring can be conducted?

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

    What is Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC)?

Policy, Regulations and Permitting:

Regulations, Codes, and Ordinances

    What types of regulations, codes or ordinances can the tribe develop to protect their air resources?

    How does the tribe have authority to enforce regulations?

Source Permitting

    What is a stationary source permit?

    How does the tribe know if source permitting should be conducted on the reservation?

    How can tribes implement and enforce major and minor source permits?

Eligibility Determination or Treatment As A State (TAS)

    What is eligibility or Treatment as a State (TAS) determination?

Tribal Implementation Plans (TIPs)

    What is a Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP)?

Networking and Contact Information:

Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs)

    What are Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs)?

    How can tribes benefit from being involved in RPOs?

Contacts and References

    Can I contact other tribal staff with expertise in a certain aspect of a Tribal Air Program?

    Contacts and References

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Last updated: March 29, 2010

 

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