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Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action (FOSTTA)

The Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action (FOSTTA) was a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) (this link goes to the EPA website) and state and tribal leaders to increase understanding and improve collaboration on toxics and pollution prevention issues. FOSTTA convened these environmental and health leaders at least twice a year to examine the nature and direction of the Agency's chemical and prevention programs.

FOSTTA was organized into three projects: the Chemical Information and Management Project(CIMP), the Pollution Prevention (P2) Project, and the Tribal Affairs Project (TAP). FOSTTA members are from state and tribal governments, but they represent their own individual viewpoints on these issues which do not necessarily reflect the official positions of their respective states or tribes.

FOSTTA Facts
FOSTTA Library

What Are the Benefits of Participating in FOSTTA?

FOSTTA members have direct access to the people who run EPA's chemical and prevention programs. They receive timely news and information on Agency plans and programs and have the opportunity to share the same kind of information about their state or tribe with EPA. Through face-to-face discussions with senior EPA officials, they can pose questions and offer feedback and other comments on existing programs and new directions for the office. Likewise, state and tribal officials are able to seek advice and counsel on their own initiatives or projects. Finally, FOSTTA facilitates a network of relationships that reaches beyond its meetings to improve ongoing communication and sustained collaboration between the Agency and the various state and tribal members, and among themselves.

When and Where Are FOSTTA Meetings Held?

FOSTTA meetings are held each fall and spring, usually in Washington, D.C. They generally last one and a half’days. Meetings start with a general session followed by concurrent sessions for each project. Agenda items focus on broader policy issues with the intention of shaping new policy and program directions, rather than merely communicating earlier determinations. The most critical issues get top billing at plenary or joint sessions of the projects. The intent is to focus on fewer issues in order to have in-depth discussions about them. Workgroups are formed within or among the projects so that issues, discussions, and action items receive appropriate attention.

FOSTTA is coordinated by the FOSTTA Coordinating Committee (FCC) which meets in person at FOSTTA meetings and by conference call between meetings. The FCC is comprised of the chairs and the EPA liaisons for each project and the ECOS representative. Created in 1991, FOSTTA is operated under a cooperative agreement with ECOS along with the National Tribal Environmental Council.

RELATED LINKS
Quicksilver Caucus
(Clicking on the following’links will exit the ECOS website.)
New England Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA)
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)
National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC)
Office of Pesticides Pollution and Toxics Substances (OPPTS) (the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics is housed in OPPTS)
Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

(updated 1/10/2007)