||Tierra Environmental Services, San Diego, CA.; Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, CA. Region IX.; Pala Band of Missions Indians, Environmental Services., Pala, CA.
The Pala Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) has requested funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to upgrade a disposal system for wastewater on the Pala Indian Reservation (Reservation). The EPA is the principal Federal agency with jurisdiction over water quality issues on Indian lands. The EPA will therefore use this Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine if approval of the Proposed Action would result in significant adverse effects to the Human Environment. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $1,200,000. The funds would be used to address an immediate environmental and public health concern on the Reservation, the replacement and abandonment of remaining septic systems in the project area. This EA has been prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and U.S. EPA procedures for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Part 6), which require an evaluation of potential environmental effects prior to the approval of the release of funding for a proposed construction project. There are currently approximately 1,100 persons living on the Reservation in approximately 425 homes.