The Environmental Response/Brownfields project is designed to investigate and inventory sites where illegal dumping causes concern for potential environmental contamination. The project utilizes the Tribe’s Hazardous Substance Control Act (HSCA) for oversight and enforcement on such sights in an effort to prevent further contamination, remediate the sites for future use, and to protect human health and the environment.
The UST Program is a project that is designed to provide compliance assistance and federally credentialed inspections as well as technical support to Underground Storage Tanks (UST) owners and operators on the Reservation as well as other Minnesota reservations. The program’s goal is to ensure all UST owners are within significant operational compliance with federal regulations 40 CFR Part 280-281 in order to help protect groundwater resources from contamination.
The Hazardous Waste Collection project is working to develop and implement a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Plan to help reduce and manage hazardous wastes. We shall also study different hazardous waste disposal options.
The Emergency Response Planning and Community Right to Know project is currently finalizing our Tribal Emergency Response Plan to present to the Tribal Council for adoption. Additionally, we need to have annual emergency response exercises and reviews of the plan. The Environmental Program also conducts Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) programs on the Reservation and provides information to tribal members.