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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Solid Waste Management on Tribal Lands

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EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) Tribal Solid Waste Program works with tribal environmental agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada to ensure the safe and effective management of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Solid Waste Program works directly with tribal governments to address solid waste issues, such as cleanup of open dumps, development of integrated solid waste management programs, including composting and recycling, curbside collection, and transfer station development. We assist tribes in understanding RCRA solid waste and landfill regulations. We provide technical assistance, training and funding, and facilitate peer networking and community education. We also assist tribes with site-specific flexibility determinations for municipal solid waste landfills.

EPA's 1984 Indian Policy lays the groundwork for EPA involvement in Indian Country. EPA commits to close involvement, in a government-to-government relationship, with tribal governments in making decisions and managing environmental programs affecting reservation lands.


For more information on preventing open dumping, landfill regulations, transfer station sitting, or general solid waste questions on tribal lands in the Pacific Southwest.

Arizona Tribes »
Shannon Davis (davis.shannon@epa.gov)
(415) 972-3440

Northern, Central and Southern (Border) California Tribes »
Deirdre Nurre (nurre.deirdre@epa.gov)
(415) 947-4290

Nevada, Eastern Sierra and Southern California (Non-Border) Tribes »
Jenny Stephenson (stephenson.jenny@epa.gov)
(415) 972-3429

Zoë Heller (heller.zoe@epa.gov)
(415) 972-3074

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US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street WST-7
San Francisco, CA 94105

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