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Federal Facilities Online Academy: Coordinating with Tribes at Federal Facilities

Sponsored by: US EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)

Archived: Monday, December 2, 2019
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Coordinating with Tribes at Federal Facilities is a two-hour webinar course that will provide an overview of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy on consultation and coordination with Indian Tribes at federal facilities. This webinar will also provide tips on how to work more collaboratively during this process. By taking this course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify EPA processes and policies for interacting with the Tribes;
  • Understand the roles of EPA and tribal governments in Federal Facility clean ups;
  • Learn about the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO); and,
  • Discover EPA resources and tools available to assist Federal Facilities in building partnerships with the Tribes;

The instructional methodology for this course includes lecture, group discussions, and case studies. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The target audience for this course is federal, state, and tribal representatives who work on Federal Facility cleanups. Ideally, students should have a basic understanding of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process. This course is part of the Federal Facilities Academy training program. Please consider registering for other Federal Facility Academy courses and obtain a certificate upon completion of the entire Federal Facility Academy series (12 courses total).

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It is EPA's policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency's programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to Emerald Laija at 202-564-2724 or, preferably one week or more in advance of the webinar, so that EPA will have sufficient time to process the request. EPA would welcome specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. Please note that accommodation requests for closed captioning are not necessary. Closed captioning is being provided for all CLU-IN webinars as of October 1, 2016.

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This webinar is intended solely to provide information to the public. The views and opinions expressed as part of this webinar do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is not intended, nor can it be relied upon, to create any rights enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States, or to endorse the use of products or services provided by specific vendors. With respect to this webinar, neither the United States Government nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.


Emerald LaijaEmerald Laija, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office ( or 202-564-2724)
Emerald Laija is an Environmental Scientist who works on Superfund cleanups of hazardous waste sites through the EPA Federal Facility Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) in Washington, DC. Her position includes implementing national policy, promoting consistency in cleanups, developing training, and developing relationships with other federal agencies and stakeholders. Before working in FFRRO, Emerald worked as a Remedial Project Manager for 8 years in EPA's Hanford Project Office in Richland, WA and continues to serve as a Hanford subject matter expert. She earned a Master's Degree focused in Environmental Studies from University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Amanda Van EppsAmanda Van Epps, USEPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation ( or 703-603-8855)
Amanda Van Epps is an environmental engineer in the Superfund program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to more than four years at EPA, she has experience in environmental consulting on site remediation as well as in research focusing on biological treatment processes. She is a Superfund tribal coordinator in addition to her work on post-construction policy. She has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and graduate degrees in civil and environmental engineering and public affairs.

Mary CookeMary Cooke, US EPA Federal Facilities Restoration Reuse Office ( or 202-564-0788)
Mary Cooke is a physical scientist in the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) of EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. Mary has been working with FFRRO since October 2006 and has been the Subject Matter Expert for emerging contaminants (such as PFAS), NPL/Site Assessment and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). She joined the federal government in 1998 as an NPL and BRAC remedial project manager for EPA Region III in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science with minor in Geography and Marine Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master's degree in Environmental Pollution Control, also from Penn State.


Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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