National Tribal Mining Workgroup
The Nez Perce Tribe I Water Resources division I Lapwai, id
The Nez Perce Tribe received an EPA Grant to facilitate the development of a National Tribal Mining Workgroup (NTMW) with the objective of developing a curriculum and technical presentations for a three (3) day "MINING LIFECYCLE: TRIBAL ENGAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY training" to be held in Phoenix, AZ on November 2-4, 2016 for approximately 75+ attendees from various tribes, government, and public and private organizations. The NTMW includes tribal members, EPA staff across multiple EPA Regions, private industry experts, and other stakeholders as identified.
The training will include a variety of topics related to NEPA, Compliance, Engagement and Mining, examples could include: NEPA refresher, developing substantive and effective comments, cumulative effects, mitigation planning/monitoring, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Project management tools, Development and evaluation of alternatives, Brief overview of mining issues, regulatory permits, environmental challenges, air impacts, financial assurance, project examples/scenarios, contingency planning and temporary shut-down, groundwater characterization, contamination, modeling, monitoring, and more. The topics to the covered in the workshop are currently being considered, reviewed and discussed by the NTMW.
This project is in collaboration with the contract awardee, EPA Alliance Training Group and representatives of the Nez Perce Tribe, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other various organizations that will make up the National Tribal Mining Workgroup.
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