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Federal Register: August 2, 1999
Volume 64, Number 147
Page 41936-41937

Two American Indian Men

Department of Health and Human Services

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry [ATSDR-149]

Consultation and Coordination Policy With Indian Tribal Governments

Summary: This notice announces the final ATSDR policy on conducting consultation and coordination with federally recognized tribal governments. This policy has been finalized after consideration of comments from Agency tribal consultants. The policy is the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

Supplementary Information: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry issues the following policy statement:

Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments

ATSDR's mission is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.

ATSDR is committed to assisting tribal governments in meeting the environmental health needs of their people. ATSDR continues to work to improve its communication and cooperation with tribes. This new policy is in response to the Presidential Executive Order 13084, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments, May 14, 1998, and affirms the current ATSDR Policy on Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments (61 FR 42255). The policy focuses on environmental health issues related to the release of hazardous substances into the environment.

Consultations between ATSDR and tribal governments will continue to ensure effective collaboration in identifying, addressing, and satisfying the needs of tribal communities affected by hazardous substances. Consultation enables ATSDR staff and tribal members to interactively participate, exchange recommendations, and provide input on environmental health activities.

As defined by ATSDR, the new policy supports: (1) A consultative process with tribal nations and their members to work together to address tribal environmental public health needs; (2) mutual trust, respect, and shared responsibilities between all participating parties; and (3) open communication of information and opinions leading to mutual interaction and understanding.

ATSDR . . .

Respects and honors the sovereignty of the tribes, the responsibilities and rights to self-governance, and the differences between tribal nations and individuals.

Consults with tribal governments to ensure community concerns and impacts are carefully considered before the Agency takes action or makes decisions affecting tribal communities.

Maintains government-to-government relationships with tribal governments.

Ensures ongoing communication with tribal governments, communities, and individual tribal members to define concerns about possible health impacts from exposure to hazardous substances.

Dated: July 27, 1999.
Donna Garland,
Acting Director, Office of Policy and External Affairs, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
[FR Doc. 99-19677 Filed 7-30-99; 8:45 am]

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