Capacity Building Grants and Cooperative Agreements for Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Activit

Providing financial resources to build and improve the compliance assurance and enforcement capacity of federally-recognized Indian tribal governments (tribes), inter-tribal consortia, or tribal organizations by providing financial resources and to improve compliance with environmental laws.

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required by statute, such capacity building efforts may include economic, social science, statistical research, development, studies, surveys, demonstrations, investigations, public education, training, and fellowships to the extent authorized under the federal environmental laws listed above.

This Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number covers EPA's Environmental Program Management (EPM) resources targeted for compliance assurance and enforcement in Indian country and other tribal areas, including those in Alaska.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: Building tribal compliance assurance and enforcement capacity to support activities related to the National Indian Country Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority (Indian Country Priority) is the funding priority for fiscal year 2008.

To that end, these funds are targeted to address compliance assistance, compliance monitoring, and enforcement issues associated with waste management, schools, and public water systems.

Activity examples include: funding the training of tribal compliance monitoring inspectors and conducting compliance monitoring inspections; demonstrating solid waste management techniques and operation and/or maintenance of public water systems and schools; training of personnel involved in the operation and/or maintenance of public water systems, schools, and solid waste operations; improving understanding of the potential hazards associated with school laboratory chemicals; hiring "circuit riders" to provide compliance assistance to tribal public water systems, solid waste programs, and schools; creating tribal environmental codes with enforcement components; creating administrative procedures to facilitate regulatory compliance and enforcement; and developing data systems and assessments to better understand the number of regulated entities in Indian country and their compliance status.

OECA's tribal funds should be used to support activities directly related to the Indian Country Priority.creating tribal environmental codes with enforcement components; creating administrative procedures to facilitate regulatory compliance and enforcement; and developing data systems and assessments to better understand the number of regulated entities in Indian country and their compliance status.

OECA's tribal funds should be used to support activities directly related to the Indian Country Priority.
Examples of Funded Projects

In FY 2005 and 2006, EPA funded solid waste and drinking water system circuit riders to provide compliance and technical assistance to tribes in the area of solid waste management.

Circuit riders conduct on-site visits at multiple facilities and provide detailed information and training to tribes, tribal environmental professionals, and facility operators on how to ensure compliance and improve environmental performance.

In addition, EPA funded training and conferences for tribal environmental professionals, including how to effectively conduct compliance monitoring inspections under federal and tribal environmental laws, to facilitate the development of compliance assurance and enforcement programs.

EPA funded the development of tribal environmental codes, including the creation of solid waste management plans designed to ensure the proper handling and disposal of solid waste.

Finally, EPA funded tribal data collection and analysis efforts designed to assess the compliance status of regulated facilities and develop tribal plans to respond to the identified compliance issues.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - For EPA Region 1 contact Kristi Rea at (617) 918-1595 or rea.kristi@epa.gov; for EPA Region 2 contact Rebecca Jamison at (212) 637-3949 or jamison.rebecca@epa.gov; for EPA Region 4 contact Serdar Ertap at (404) 562-9683 or ertrap.serdar@epa.gov; for EPA Region 5 contact Andrew Anderson at (312) 353-9681 or anderson.andrew@epa.gov, for EPA Region 6 contact Connie Overbay at (214) 665-7274 or overbay.connie@epa.gov; for EPA Region 7 Wolfgang Brandner contact at (913) 551-7381 or brandner.wolfgang@epa.gov; for EPA Region 8 contact Liz Rogers at (303) 312-6974 or rogers.liz@epa.gov; for EPA Region 9 contact Angela Baranco at (415) 947-4262 or baranco.angela@epa.gov, and for EPA Region 10 contact Donald Dossett at (206) 553-8257 or dossett.donald@epa.gov.