Open Dumps, Sanitation Deficiencies, and Solid Waste Management
From ITEP Team
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This presentation was delivered as an On Demand session at the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: Virtual Gathering in August 2020 by Benjamin Shuman, Solid Waste Coordinator, Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities Construction Program and Charles RedDoor, National Tribal Programs Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.
Indian Health Service provides updates on the new Sanitation Deficiency System (SDS) Guideline issued in September 2019 and discuss the process of cleaning up open dumps on American Indian and Alaska Native lands. IHS will also describe data quality improvement efforts recently completed to improve the information IHS tracks about open dumps in the Sanitation Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) Operation and Maintenance Data System (OMDS).
EPA provides updates on the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery Tribal Waste Program Assessment Form. EPA completes an evaluation of tribal solid waste management program capacity to help determine eligibility for IHS closure of open dumps on tribal lands. The Tribal Waste Program Assessment Form identifies the process for tribes to become eligible for IHS closure assistance.