Tribe Seeks Class I Status Under Regional Haze Program
Posted on September 1, 2014
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Band), on August 4, 2014, gave notice that it intends to apply to the EPA to redesignate its reservation lands to Class I air quality pursuant to section 164(c) of the Clean Air Act and EPA’s regional haze program. The reservation for which the Band is seeking redesignation lies in Northeastern Minnesota adjacent to the city of Cloquet, MN, approximately 20 miles west of Duluth, MN. The notice, issued to state and local governments and others in accordance with 40 C.F.R. 52.21(g), also announced a 70-day comment period that will close on October 13, 2014. Class I status is typically reserved for pristine areas such as national parks and wilderness areas (including Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park and Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park). If the Band’s application is successful, it would become one of only a handful of bands across the country that have been awarded Class I status.