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      August 2011

      Volume 6, Issue 2


      Hot Air from EEOP – A Newsletter

      Welcome to ITEP- Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) Newsletter.  This newsletter is produced on a regular basis for K-12 students, college students, educators, and tribal professionals to share information on our programs and environmental issues.


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      EPA School Air Toxics Monitoring at Schools Program


      As part of a new air toxics monitoring initiative, EPA, state and local air pollution control agencies have been monitoring the outdoor air around schools for pollutants known as toxic air pollutants, or air toxics.  The Clean Air Act includes a list of 187 of these pollutants.  Air toxics are a potential concern because exposure to high levels of these pollutants over time could result in long-term health effects.


      EPA recommended air quality monitoring  at 63  schools around the country after evaluating a number of factors including results from an EPA computer modeling analysis, the mix of pollution sources near the schools, results from an analysis conducted for a recent newspaper series on air toxics at schools, and information from state and local air pollution agencies.  Monitoring data from the selected schools will soon be available via the EPA website. 

      Recently, the program was expanded to include additional schools, including schools serving Native American students.


      EPA and the ITEP - Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center (TAMS)  will assist tribes to:


      •collect samples of outdoor air at  selected schools from 60 to 90 days,

      •analyze those samples for air toxics of potential concern,

      •report on levels of air toxics found and their potential for long-term health impacts,


      Meet the Staff


      Senior Program Coordinator

      Mansel joined ITEP in 1998.  He is the program manager for the Tribal Environmental Education Outreach Program and the Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities Program.  Prior to joining ITEP Mansel was a chemistry teacher on the Navajo Nation and a chemical officer in the US Army. 



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      Senior Instructor Specialist

      Graylynn rejoined ITEP-EEOP in December 2010 to assist with the program’s education and outreach efforts.  Prior to coming back to ITEP Graylynn worked in the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences with scholarships and student careers.



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      Administrative Assistant

      Carol was recruited to ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) in 1992 from the College of Engineering. Forestry and Natural Sciences at NAU.  She worked with several AIAQTP programs before joining the Environmental Education Outreach Program.  Prior to her employment at NAU, Carol worked for the Hopi Tribal Health Department at Kykotsmovi, AZ.




      •evaluate actions that may be needed to reduce levels of pollutants of concern, and

      •take action to ensure that nearby industries are in compliance with clean air regulations.


      Part of EPA's mission is to reduce the amount of toxic air pollutants in the air we breathe.  For several decades EPA has issued rules and regulations that have cut emissions of these compounds from automobiles; trucks; buses; and a wide array of industries ranging from large facilities like chemical plants, refineries, paper plants, and factories, to smaller facilities like gasoline stations and dry cleaners.   From 1990 to 2005, emissions of air toxics in the United States declined 41 percent, as a result of federal and state regulations, and local emission reduction programs.  However, levels of different air toxics can vary widely from place to place depending upon a number of factors including the amount and types of industry nearby, proximity to heavily traveled or congested roadways, and weather patterns.  For more information visit the EPA website at www.epa.gov/schoolair/.


      For more information about this program and to submit an application for the Tribal School Air Toxics Monitoring initiative can be accessed at the TAMS website at http://www4.nau.edu/tams/services/tsatmproj.asp.     


      If you are concerned about the air quality near a school serving Native American students, contact the EEOP staff for assistance. 


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      ITEP-EEOP Summer Internships


      Each year, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) offers eight internships to students from around the nation. These valuable internships place students with tribal and federal environmental agencies for ten weeks.  Students learn valuable skills and contribute to exciting research projects under the guidance of their internship host site.  Funding for the ITEP-EEOP Internship Program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air & Radiation.  Here are profiles of two of our stellar student interns this past summer.


      Virginia Blue – Sac and Fox Nation’s Environmental Department, Reserve, KS


      Above: Virginia during her internship

      with the Sac and Fox Environmental Department.


      Virginia is a graduate student in Public Health at New Mexico State University.  Virginia is Navajo.  She was an ITEP-EEOP intern during 2010.  Her internship then was with the USEPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Community & Tribal Programs Group in Research Triangle Park, NC.   


      Her internship this year was with the Sac and Fox Environmental Department and it focused on working with air quality monitoring and data collecting.  Virginia designed and developed outreach materials for the air quality program.   She also assisted with the Tribal Response and Water programs.  When asked about her internship, Virginia said, “The 10 week summer internship through ITEP is beneficial to the student and to the host agency.  The student gets hands on training and professional work experience as well as great networking opportunities.  Working with a different tribe and an environmental department, specifically focused on air quality issues, is beneficial for those interested in the environmental field.”  Virginia was offered a full-time permanent position with the Air Program, Recycling Program, and Healthy Homes Program as an Environmental Technician and she accepted!


      Mali’o Kodis – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Anchorage, AK


      Above: Mali’o “posing with a curious young local who thought that

      the Hi-Vol air sampler in Ambler, AK was possibly a spaceship!”


      Mali'o Kodis was born and raised in Volcano, Hawai'i.  She is currently a sophomore at Brown

      University in Rhode Island.  Mali'o is a Biology-Environmental Studies major interested in conservation

      policies, cultural anthropology, and the complex way in which those two fields intersect.  She interned for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation doing air quality monitoring as part of an ongoing road dust study in rural tribal villages of North Western Alaska. 


      Mali'o visited two native villages above the Arctic Circle this summer, where she set up air monitoring sites to determine the concentration of road dust in the air.  Road dust is a big problem in these rural villages, where the main modes of transportation are ATVs and the roads are made of very fine silt that is easily airborne.  Aside from the monitoring project, Mali'o learned about the process of air monitoring at the State level and became familiar with the different kinds of monitors used to ensure that the air quality is in compliance with EPA standards.


      If you’re interested in EEOP’s student internship programs visit our website at http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/index.asp or contact our internship coordinator Graylynn Hudson by email at Graylynn.Hudson@...


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      Virgil Masayesva Scholarship


      The Virgil Masayesva memorial scholarship was established in recognition of ITEP’s co-founder  and former director Virgil Masayesva and his tireless pursuit to advance Native American environmental education and protection issues around the country.  The purpose of the scholarship program  is to support qualified Native American students at Northern Arizona University who are pursuing environmental careers, and perhaps others who are committed to careers associated with environmental protection of Indian lands.


      The 2011 scholarship recipient is James Goudreau.  James is from Valdez, Alaska and is a senior majoring in environmental engineering at Northern Arizona University.  Upon graduating, James plans to work in a rural community with waste water treatment plants.    James will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship for the 2011 – 2012 academic year to help offset the costs associated with tuition, books, and other expenses.


      Since the establishment of the Virgil Masayesva memorial scholarship in 2005, six outstanding Native American students at NAU have received scholarships to help support their academic goals.  If you would like to contribute to this scholarship, tax deductible gifts can be made online at https://alumni.nau.edu/Giving.aspx.  All of us at ITEP and the Native American students here at NAU will greatly appreciate your contributions and support. 


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      National Radon Poster Contest


      Would a student that you know enjoy a fun, educational and creative activity? Kansas State University (KSU), in partnership with EPA, are proud to offer the National Radon Poster Contest.  Entries for the National Radon Poster Contest will be accepted from March through October of this year.  Students ages 9-14 from states and tribal nations across the country and all U.S. territories are encouraged to create posters that raise radon awareness and encourage radon testing in every home.  The top three national winners will receive a financial award and their poster will be used in radon awareness efforts.   Submissions are due by October 31, 2011.  Learn more at http://sosradon.org/poster-contest.  



      If you have ideas for our newsletter, please send your suggestion(s) to Mansel A. Nelson at Mansel.Nelson@...


      Access the current and past newsletters online at www.nau.edu/eeop/newsletter

      ©2011 Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

      Environmental Education Outreach Program at Northern Arizona University




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