67th Girls Nation Congress
Native American land to be subject to the same environmental and health standards as United States land to regulate toxic waste disposal and storage.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Dobbs and Bilbrew of Mississippi introduced the following bill; which was referred to Committee .
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be cited as the "Native American Environmental and Health Standards Act".
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The Native American Environmental and Health Standards Act will assist Native Americans with the same regulations and laws pertaining to toxic waste disposal and storage on Native American lands with EPA regulation and training for tribes.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
The issue of nuclear waste has played a key role in obscuring the definition of Native American sovereignty.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is under the U.S. Department of the Interior.
SECTION 4. NATIVE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH STANDARDS ACT
The Native American Environmental and Health Standards Act entails that:
(A) Would require the U.S. EPA to require a permit for a commercial solid waste disposal facility on
tribal land. The EPA in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) would be responsible
for EPA inspections, monitoring, or enforcement.
(B) In its role the (BIA) would be trained in environmental issues to allow them to gain competence in
evaluating permit applications. The federal government will provide formal training to the BIA and
(C) This act applies to all Native American Sovereign lands.
(D) This act requires all arrangements to be completed prior to release.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective for all Native American Sovereign lands being used now or in the future for toxic waste disposal or storage on or after January 1, 2014.
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