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Coming Soon: Home-taught ‘Hazard Hackers’ for ND Tribal Lands

October 12, 2007

Fargo, ND – Environmental hazards can be found in many remote places of the country, including North Dakota's tribal lands. One of the challenges for Indian tribes is finding trained people who can recognize environmental hazards and plan for their cleanup. Now, a training course is being offered online.

Renee Default, instructor for the "Indian Country Environmental Hazard Assessment," says tribal workers will be trained to assess the risks that environmental hazards can pose to their communities.

"They learn how to actually go out and survey their communities, workplaces, and homes to identify specific hazards.
They learn all about toxicology, and how hazardous something is. For example, if you're dealing with a chemical, how do you know how bad it is?"

The eight-week, Web-based course begins October 29. It's a joint effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the United Tribes Technical College. Would-be participants can sign up on the UTTC Web site,

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - ND