Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program (TSWEAP):

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Addressing and Managing Illegal Dumps in Indian Country

Course Description:
The focus of this course is on assessing, mitigating, and closing illegal dumps on tribal lands. Illegal dumps have been an ongoing problem for tribal programs and this course will include instruction on enforcement techniques, site assessments and closure issues by tribal professionals. Instructors for this course will come from ITEP and tribal programs.

Course Content:
  • Discussion of public health and environmental threat

  • Federal laws and their relation and application to illegal dumping in Indian Country

  • The role of tribal codes and ordinances in dealing with illegal dumping

  • Site visits and assessments

  • Health and safety standards

  • Discussion of open dump surveys and overview of the wSTARS system

  • Tribal compliance assistance and enforcement

  • Waste types and diversion

  • Cleanup and remediation strategies

  • Dump closure considerations

  • Funding and sustainability of illegal dump remediation strategies

  • Prevention and public outreach strategies

  • Tribal case studies and discussions

  • Small group activities

Participant Eligibility:
Applicants must be employed by a federally recognized tribe. The course is specifically developed for staff employed in all aspects of solid waste management.

Course Fees:
There are no fees for this course. ITEP will pay for lodging (room and taxes only) expenses for up to 20 accepted participants. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and per diem expenses.

For more information, please contact:
Roberta Tohannie, Program Coordinator
Tel: 928/523-2082

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Last updated: May 2, 2012


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