Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'epa'

EPA lifts boil water order on Omaha Reservation

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a boil water order on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. A failure in the water system in the town of Macy prompted the order in January. The EPA said tests showed the supply to...

Letter: Just say no to Navajo Nation power plant

"In December 2008, Navajo President Shirley sent the Obama-Biden transition team a federal agenda that outlines 27 recommendation policies and requests for $2.9 billion in funding through Obama's $775 billion stimulus program. Some of these priorities include research funding for...

EPA nominee close to Ramapough Lenape Tribe

Lisa Jackson, president-elect Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, personally invited four members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation of New Jersey to her confirmation hearing next week. Jackson served as former commissioner of the New Jersey...

EPA issues boil water order for Omaha Reservation

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering residents of a city on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska to boil their water until further notice. The EPA said a failure in the water system in Macy could pose a health threat to...

Obama to name four to environmental posts

President-elect Barack Obama is moving to complete his Cabinet team, this time focusing on environmental posts. Obama is expected to name Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist as Secretary of the Department of Energy . Nancy Sutley, an official...

Editorial: Southern Ute Tribe takes on air quality

"The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado wants to take control of pollution on its land away from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. So far so good. As the tribe's air quality program manager, James Temte, pointed out, the EPA has...

Southern Ute Tribe seeks to regulate air quality

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is awaiting Environmental Protection Agency approval to regulate air quality on the reservation. The tribe developed a Reservation Air Code to administer point-source pollution under the Clean Air Act. The tribe plans to regulate...

EPA plans to weaken clean air rules near parks

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to weaken Clean Air Act protections for areas near national parks and wilderness areas, The Washington Post reports. The rule would make it easier for to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other...

Navajo activists keep up fight against power plant

Navajo activists will hold their second-annual prayer ceremony to oppose a major power plant on the reservation. Dooda Desert Rock plans to meet November 8-11 near the site of the $3 billion Desert Rock Energy Project in Shiprock, New...

Pala Band wins treatment as state from EPA

The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California says it now has a "seat the table" after winning treatment as state status from the Environmental Protection Agency. The tribe's authority was recognized under the Clean Air Act. The tribe will...

Soboba Band receives lead reduction grant

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians will use a $50,000 federal grant to develop lead prevention programs for Indian children in southern California. The grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will pay for "Tribal Families in Need Program" to educate...

New Mexico fights Navajo power plant approval

The state of New Mexico wants the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its approval of an air permit for the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The state says the EPA failed to consider several issues when it approved the air...

EPA honors Oglala Sioux woman for tribal efforts

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Bonny Sullivan started working for her tribe's Environmental Protection Program in 1996. She focused on cleaning up dozens of illegal dump sites on the...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win EPA approval for water

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho won Environmental Protection Agency to develop its own water quality standards. The tribe will develop a program affecting all waters within the Fort Hall Reservation. The tribe won't have regulatory and enforcement powers, an EPA...

Haskell signs environmental science agreement

Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas signed an agreement with the University of North Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency to encourage more students to enter the environmental science field. Haskell students will be able to complete postgraduate studies at...

EPA challenged over Navajo power plant permit

Seven environmental groups, including Dine Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, are challenging an air permit for the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The Environmental Protection Agency approved an air permit late last month in response to a lawsuit filed by...

Santa Fe Indian School still mum on demolition

Santa Fe Indian School demolished 18 historic buildings on its campus in New Mexico but hasn't explained much about it beyond a short statement to the local newspaper. School officials and tribal leaders have refused to discuss the removal...

EPA approves air permit for Navajo power plant

The Environmental Protection Agency approved an air permit for the Navajo Nation's controversial power plant. The decision came on the last day possible under a court order. The tribe sued the EPA for failing to act on an application...

Judge backs Miccosukee Tribe in Everglades suit

A federal judge slammed the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Florida for failing to protect the Everglades from pollution. The Miccosukee Tribe and Friends of the Everglades sued to block a state law that postponed a new...

EPA decision on Navajo power plant due this week

The Environmental Protection Agency is due to make a decision on an air permit for the Navajo Nation's controversial power plant. Opponents don't believe the EPA will meet the deadline that was imposed by a court order. New Mexico Environment...

Deadline looms for EPA on Navajo power plant

The Environmental Protection Agency has until July 31 to make a decision on the Navajo Nation's controversial power plant. The tribe applied for an air permit for the Desert Rock Energy Project more than four years ago. A federal judge...

EPA report warns of health risks of global warming

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency warns of the health risks of global warming and climate change. The report warns of an increase in deaths due to rising temperatures, more powerful hurricanes, dwindling water supplies and an increase...

New Mexico seeks to delay Navajo power plant

The state of New Mexico is asking a federal judge to delay action on the Navajo Nation's power plant. A federal judge ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a decision on an air permit for the Desert Rock Energy...

Cheney staff edited testimony on global warming

Vice President Dick Cheney's staff censored Congressional testimony that warned of the health threats of global warming, a former Environmental Protection Agency official said on Tuesday. Former EPA deputy associate administrator Jason K. Burnett said the White House ordered the...

White House refused EPA email on greenhouse gases

The White House refused to open an e-mail from the Environmental Protection Agency because the message contained a document that concluded greenhouse gases can be regulated under federal law, The New York Times reports. The EPA prepared the document in...

Editorial: Make decision on Navajo power plant

"No matter if you're for or against the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant, the time is past for the Environmental Protection Agency to act on an air permit. Diné Power Authority and Houston-based Sithe Global Power applied for the air...

EPA taps Makah man for regional adviser post

Jim Woods, a member of the Makah Nation of Washington, has been named senior adviser for regional tribal policy to the Environmental Protection Agency. Woods will advise Region 10 of the EPA. The region covers more than 250 tribes...

10th Circuit to hear Indian Country uranium case

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments today in a case that affects uranium mining in New Mexico. In February 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that a 160-acre parcel in Church Rock is Indian Country. The...

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