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2021-10-15EPA Administrator Regan and National Tribal Caucus Chair Wagner Co-Chair 2021 National Tribal Operations Committee Meeting
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted the annual National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC) meeting. EPA Administrator Michael Regan co-chaired the meeting with National Tribal Caucus (NTC) Chair Gerald Wagner of the Blackfeet Nation. Members of the NTOC include the EPA Administrator, senior leaders across EPA, and Tribal representatives from across Indian Country. EPA established the NTOC in 1994 to ensure that EPA leadership and Tribal Nation representatives engage in dialogue that provides advice to EPA on Tribal environmental issues that are national in scope, cross-agency or cross-media in nature, or that may be emerging or urgent. [ full text ]

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2021-10-15EPA Now Hosting Biweekly National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites Environmental Justice (EJ) advocates and the public to participate in the agency’s National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls, now happening biweekly, to discuss and receive feedback on all aspects of EJ at EPA with partners and communities. [ full text ]

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2021-10-15Department of Energy Signs Up 125+ Local Governments to Fast-Track Solar Permits SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has achieved its summer goal of signing up at least 125 communities for the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) tool — a free, DOE-developed web-based platform that allows local governments to instantly approve residential solar installation permits. Now that 127 localities are signed up for SolarAPP+, DOE is announcing a new challenge: to get 60 more communities to improve their solar practices and get recognized through the DOE SolSmart program by March 2022. These efforts support the deployment of more solar energy to reach the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of achieving 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050. [ full text ]

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