The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally recognized Indian Tribes and requesting comments on guidance for assessing chemical contaminant data for use in fish advisories, volume 4 risk communication.
The tribal consultation letter, consultation and coordination plan, and supplemental information are attached. Please be advised that the attached consultation information has been sent electronically in lieu of postal mail due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and, therefore, it is the only formal announcement that you will receive pertaining to the EPA’s initiation of tribal consultation and coordination on guidance for assessing chemical contaminant data for use in fish advisories, volume 4 risk communication. This consultation and coordination will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes. In addition, the EPA acknowledges that tribes are experiencing operational impacts due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and is taking this into consideration as we continue to work collaboratively to address environmental issues.
The EPA is holding an informational webinar for tribes on April 14, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern Time. You can register for the webinar here.
For additional information, please see the attached tribal consultation letter and plan, and supplemental information. These consultation materials are also available in EPA’s Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System (TCOTS) website located at: tcots.epa.gov.
Tribes will have until July 15, 2021 to provide comment on this action.
For any questions, please contact Sharon Frey with EPA Office of Water’s Office of Science and Technology by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-566-1480.