Environmental Protection

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Caddo Nation Environmental Program Staff

Polly Edwards, Director
Email: pedwards@caddonation.org

PO Box 487
Binger, Oklahoma 73009


 

Mission Statement

 “We, the CNEP, are committed to a sustainable future and to improving the environmental wellbeing of the community, protecting, sustaining, preserving and replenishing all resources, both natural and historical for the betterment and benefit of the Caddo Nation.”

 

General Assistance Program (GAP)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is responsible for administration of various programs that provide for portion of public health, welfare and the environment on all lands of the United States. The environmental statutes, EPA has established the national system for pollution prevention, abatement and Agency has established regulatory procedures for standards setting, permitting, information gathering in inspections, and enforcement for facilities and operations that may impact the quality of the environment Indian policy, presidential Memorandum and Executive Orders, EPA works with Tribal governments on government basis and recognizes Tribes as the primary parties for making environment policy decisions our program responsibilities affecting Indian reservations, their environments, and the health and welfare reservation populous. The EPA will assist Tribes in developing environmental protection program, Assistance program Act of 1992, as amended (42 U.S.C.).

 

Recycling

The CNEP recycles all the following items:

  • Ink cartridges and toners from any brand of printer
  • Cell phones and cell phone batteries
  • Laptops
  • GPS devices
  • iPods and MP3 Players
  • Digital cameras
  • Dry cell batteries. No vehicle batteries!
  • All electronics with a power cord. Toasters, printers, computers, vacuums, VCRs, lamps, TVs, etc.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and commercial building lamps

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and with other energy-efficient lighting such as linear fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps contain a very small amount of mercury, an element essential to achieving energy savings. While these lamps help consumers and businesses cut their lighting energy usage and reduce energy costs, it is important that any product containing mercury be properly managed when it becomes waste to protect public health and the environment.

Please bring all recyclable items listed above to the CNEP’s office located in the Caddo Nation main office building and we will properly dispose of them.

We also have a Recycling Roll-Off located on the west side of the Caddo Nation Headstart building that takes the following:

  • Office paper, newspapers, or magazine. No household waste paper!
  • Plastic bottles such as pop bottle or milk jugs.
  • Aluminum cans.

Please be courteous and rinse out all plastic and aluminum items before throwing into the roll-off. Thank you.

 

Application for Sanitation Facilities

The Oklahoma City Area (OCA) Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Environmental Health and Engineering provides a broad range of environmental health and engineering services directed at the prevention and reduction of diseases and injuries among the Native American and Alaska Native populations in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.

In consultation with the CNEP & other participating tribes, the Oklahoma City Area Office of Environmental Health and Engineering:

  • Plans, implements, monitor, and evaluate environmental health services and engineering activities to eliminate or reduce health hazards in homes and communities.
  • Conducts engineering activities to design and construct water, sewer, and solid waste systems for Native American homes and communities.
  • Provides training and technical assistance for the operation and maintenance of sanitation facilities.
  • Administers the management, maintenance and repair of IHS and tribal health care facilities.

Complete the following steps to receive assistance for your well or septic tank:

1. Complete the Application for Sanitation form.

2. Mail, fax, or e-mail the completed application and copies of all the supporting documents listed to the Caddo Nation Environmental Program at the address above. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

3.  The Caddo Nation Environmental Program will type a sponsorship letter on your behalf for Chairperson Edwards to sign and we will mail the completed packet to the Lawton IHS Field Office.

If you do not hear from the Lawton Field Office within 30 days, please give our office a call and we will check on the status of your application. 

 

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