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Task 1.1     General WRAP Outreach to Tribes

Sub-Task 1.1.1     Regional Haze materials for Tribal professionals      Status: Complete
The completed Fact Sheet and PowerPoint presentation on regional haze are attached. These materials have been reviewed and edited twice by Tom Moore and TDWG leadership. This sub-task is complete except for dissemination of these materials e.g. webinar, conference/meeting presentations.

Sub-Task 1.1.2     WRAP Processes and Procedures for Tribes     Status: Complete
This task element focuses on outreach materials to support opportunities for Western Tribes to participate in the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) and EPA’s regional haze planning and regulatory processes more broadly. The two attached documents are a Fact Sheet and complementary PowerPoint presentation suitable for delivery in multiple platforms e.g. webinar, conference presentation. ITEP and the WRAP TDWG have reviewed and commented on a previous draft of each document. Further, we very much appreciate the cooperation and assistance of Kris Ray (Colville) and Danny Powers (Southern Ute) with the highlighted case studies. The attached documents dated 12/14/2018 are updated versions of the materials. We have endeavored to revise and update both to reflect all written suggestions and associated discussions. Although still identified as “draft”, we are hopeful that these two documents are in final form.

Sub-Task 1.1.3     Tribal Contacts in the WRAP Region     Status: DRAFT Complete – under review by TDWG
Listing of tribal contacts for the WRAP region was developed and shared with the TDWG in November. Individual TDWG members volunteered to review contacts for their region and assist ITEP in editing contacts as needed.

Sub-Task 1.1.4     WRAP Tribal Maps     Status: In Progress
Mark Daniels at EN3 has continued to develop GIS maps of relevant tribal information. Several such GIS layers were distributed to the WRAP and TDWG leaders for review. Mark also presented his initial work products during the monthly meeting of the WRAP/ITEP/EN3 project team on November 15. Mark, Tom Moore and Betsy Davis-Noland of WRAP's GIS consultant Air Resources are meeting to refine and complete this material. EN3 will forward the new and agreed GIS layers to Air Resources for addition to the WRAP web-site. This task element will be completed immediately following the project meeting and discussion on 12/20.
Updated main WRAP map page
TDWG draft map is at

Task 1.2     Tribal AQS Data Gap Study     Status: Complete
EN3's technical report Tribal AQS Data Gap Study was completed and submitted on November 23. A comprehensive Excel spreadsheet showing tribal and tribally-related air monitoring activities accompanied this report.

Task 1.3     Tribal NEI Data Gap Study     Status: Complete
The NEI Tribal Data Gap Study is complete. Attached is EN3’s technical report that presents the results and conclusions of this work. The report also describes the methodology utilized to perform this analysis. This information should be useful to the WRAP and its contractors. It also will be beneficial to any entity that relies on emissions source information contained in EPA’s National Emissions Inventory (NEI). It is noteworthy that EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards has advised EN3 of updates they performed very recently utilizing discoveries and a recommendation from EN3’s work on this task element. As with all documents and reports, we are prepared to respond to any questions and comments. Tribes with Point Sources spreadsheet

Task 1.4     Tribal Oil & Gas Emissions Inventory     Status: Incomplete, In-Progress
EN3 has completed a compilation of principal oil and gas (O&G) producing tribes in the WRAP region. As noted and agreed previously, the foci of this research are the region's principal oil and gas - producing basins as identified by the WRAP. Building on this foundation EN3 are identifying associated sources of emissions from O&G development and operations on Tribal lands. Concurrently with source identification and location, emissions rates for calendar year 2014 are being compiled.

Utilizing the emissions source information, EN3 will contact each identified Tribe. This outreach will serve two purposes. First, EN3 will seek to enhance the emissions information confirming identified sources, adding sources not previously included in the inventory, etc. Second, EN3 will utilize this direct contact opportunity to inform Tribal professionals about the WRAP and encourage participation in WRAP activities. Following outreach to the identified Tribes, the 2014 O&G emissions compilation will be completed. A technical report and accompanying GIS layers and Excel spreadsheets will be submitted by December 21.

Task 1.5     Consultation Protocol     Status: Incomplete
EN3 has engaged in frequent communications with TDWG leaders and the WRAP Consultation & Coordination (C&C) Subcommittee. The Subcommittee has prepared a Draft WRAP Communication Framework for Regional Haze Planning. The C&C Subcommittee will lead a discussion of this draft document at the winter meeting of WRAP leadership on December 4 & 5. EN3 has reviewed this document and shared comments with TDWG in preparation for the upcoming meeting. (Notes document) In short, EN3 have suggested that the TDWG, C&C Subcommittee and broader WRAP leadership decide whether to modify and expand this "Framework" document to include Tribal consultation or, alternatively, prefer to have a separate complementary product. Following this clarification and guidance, EN3 and the ITEP task team will continue with assistance per this task.

Task 1.6     Webinars     Status: Incomplete
EN3 completed materials on Regional Haze (Task1.1.1) and "Tribes, WRAP and Regional Haze" (Task 1.1.2). These materials are designed for broad outreach including use in webinars. ITEP and EN3 are prepared to participate in developing and implementing webinars and complementary communications initiatives. This activity should begin in early 2019.