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EPA Awards Over $847,000 to Oklahoma Tribes to Protect Air Quality

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – Oct. 22, 2013) Four Oklahoma Tribes will have greater protection from toxic air pollution thanks to $847,097, assistance grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These funds will help provide assistance to monitor air quality on Tribal lands. The tribes receiving the grants include:

Cherokee Nation -- $437,785
Delaware Nation -- $68,794
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma -- $70,284
Quapaw Tribe -- $270,234

One key partnership with tribes involves work planning and support through cooperative agreements. EPA’s commitment to supporting our state and tribal partners, the primary implementers of environmental programs, remains a priority. Forging strong partnerships is an important aspect of EPA's programs. States and tribes play a crucial role in the implementation of environmental laws and regulations. Strengthening these relationships through improved coordination, joint work planning and specialized assistance promotes greater compliance.

Additional Information on EPA grants is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/gandf/index.htm

More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

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