epa http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/pinedale-air-improves-state-toughens-industry-regs <p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Willow Belden 56713 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs Proposed Regulations for Wood Stoves Worry Businesses http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/proposed-regulations-wood-stoves-worry-businesses <p>Rural states are bristling over proposed regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from wood stoves.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Currently, wood stove manufacturers must keep emissions down to 7.5 grams&nbsp;of particulates&nbsp;per hour.&nbsp; But the proposed rules would&nbsp;reduce the allowable amount&nbsp;to less than two grams over the next five years.&nbsp;Soot emissions are a serious public health concern in some areas of the country&nbsp;because they can&nbsp;cause&nbsp;lung problems and heart attacks. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:16:55 +0000 Melodie Edwards 56606 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Proposed Regulations for Wood Stoves Worry Businesses Wyoming And Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Plan http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-and-environmental-groups-sue-epa-over-pollution-plan <p>The state of Wyoming and a coalition of environmental groups have each filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency over its regional haze plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan, which was finalized earlier this year, requires new emissions controls for coal-fired power plants. The goal is to reduce air pollution.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:03:47 +0000 Willow Belden 56129 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming And Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Plan House Discusses EPA Pushback Proposals http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/house-discusses-epa-pushback-proposals <p>A bill that would expand Wyoming's ability to fight the Environmental Protection Agency in court received initial approval in the state House of Representatives.</p><p></p><p>The bill gives the Wyoming Attorney General's Office over two million dollars to fight back against EPA policies that the state deems unacceptable.&nbsp; The state is already engaged in a number of lawsuits against the agency.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:09:53 +0000 Bob Beck 54616 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net House Discusses EPA Pushback Proposals WY Appeals EPA Decision On Wind River Borders http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wy-appeals-epa-decision-wind-river-borders <p>Wyoming has filed an appeal in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for the Environmental Protection Agency decision that drew the borders of the Wind River Indian Reservation to include Riverton.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:04:31 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54050 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net WY Appeals EPA Decision On Wind River Borders Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/negotiation-vs-litigation-look-reservation-borders-decision <p>The governments of Riverton, Fremont County, the state, and of the two tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation are arguing, again, over the reservation’s&nbsp;borders.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:58:13 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54048 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision EPA Puts Hold On Wind River Border Decision http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-puts-hold-wind-river-border-decision <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to put a hold on its decision to grant the tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation status as a state for the purpose of air monitoring.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:54:53 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54007 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA Puts Hold On Wind River Border Decision DEQ Seeks To Lower Environmental Standards For Many Streams http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/deq-seeks-lower-environmental-standards-many-streams <p>About three-quarters of the streams in Wyoming could soon be subject to less stringent environmental standards.</p><p></p><p>The streams are currently classified as “primary contact” water bodies, meaning that people swim or otherwise recreate in them. Now, the Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to designate them as “secondary contact” streams, meaning human contact is less likely. The change would lower the standards for how much pollution can be discharged into the waterways.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:43:11 +0000 Willow Belden 53604 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net DEQ Seeks To Lower Environmental Standards For Many Streams What do you think of the EPA’s decision to include Riverton as part of the Wind River Reservation? http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/what-do-you-think-epa-s-decision-include-riverton-part-wind-river-reservation <p>What do you think of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision that includes Riverton as part of the &nbsp;Wind River Reservation?</p><p><em><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></em></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:43:43 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53481 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net What do you think of the EPA’s decision to include Riverton as part of the Wind River Reservation? EPA Tells DEQ to Host Public Meeting for Aquifer Exemption Request http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-tells-deq-host-public-meeting-aquifer-exemption-request <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is telling the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality that it has to conduct a public hearing about an aquifer exemption request by Linc Energy. Linc is proposing an underground coal gasification project in Campbell County. The coal is in the Wyodak Aquifer, and the exemption would relieve the company from adhering to the strict protections outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act.</p><p></p><p>DEQ already approved the aquifer exemption, but it did so without public input, so EPA, which makes the final decision, is calling for a do-over.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:17:46 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53383 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA Tells DEQ to Host Public Meeting for Aquifer Exemption Request Northern Arapaho Tribe Blasts Wyoming's Bid To EPA http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/northern-arapaho-tribe-blasts-wyomings-bid-epa <p>The Northern Arapaho Tribe is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request from the state of Wyoming to halt implementation of the agency's decision that over 1 million acres around Riverton remains legally Indian Country.<br />&nbsp;<br />Lawyers for the tribe wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week urging her to reject the request the state submitted earlier this month.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:45:21 +0000 Associated Press 52944 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Northern Arapaho Tribe Blasts Wyoming's Bid To EPA EPA releases latest Wyo. haze reduction plan http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-releases-latest-wyo-haze-reduction-plan <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final version of a plan to reduce atmospheric haze by cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>EPA officials say the plan will improve visibility across wide-open spaces while protecting natural resources and local economies which depend on recreation.</p><p>They say the 714-page document adopts most of a separate plan proposed by Wyoming environmental regulators.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:32:15 +0000 The Associated Press 52475 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA releases latest Wyo. haze reduction plan Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/tribes-concerned-over-state-response-epas-reservation-boundary-ruling <p>Agreement&nbsp;over the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation&nbsp;seems to be a long way off between the state’s tribes and Governor Matt Mead.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:01:43 +0000 Melodie Edwards 52238 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling Tribes still waiting for answer from EPA on air quality monitoring http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/tribes-still-waiting-answer-epa-air-quality-monitoring <p>Almost five years ago, the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes submitted an application to the federal government asking for the Wind River Indian Reservation to be treated as a separate state for monitoring air quality. They're still waiting on a response.&nbsp;</p><p>Eastern Shoshone tribe chairman Darwin St. Clair says it’s a matter of tribal sovereignty as well as stewardship of their land. He says with a coal power plant and oil and gas fields nearby, air quality is a high priority.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:54:38 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50526 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/environmental-quality-council-rejects-challenge-underground-coal-gasification-permit <p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:32:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50296 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit EPA to finalize regional haze plan for WY by Nov. http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-finalize-regional-haze-plan-wy-nov <p>The comment period closed Monday on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Regional Haze Plan. The plan seeks to address the issue of air pollution produced by coal fired power plants. Wyoming put together its own regional haze program, but the EPA rejected parts of it, saying it wasn't strong enough, particularly&nbsp;when it came&nbsp;to nitrogen oxide emissions at four plants.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:17:42 +0000 Irina Zhorov 46025 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA to finalize regional haze plan for WY by Nov. EPA to consider renewing produced water discharge permits on Wind River Reservation http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-consider-renewing-produced-water-discharge-permits-wind-river-reservation <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on the extension of several water discharge permits on the Wind River Indian Reservation.</p><p>The EPA is looking at renewing existing permits that allow companies to pump waste water from oil and gas fields to the surface on the Reservation. The produced water exemption allows this practice only in the arid West. In general, state agencies have tighter regulations than the EPA about what can be pumped to the surface, but tribal land is under the EPA’s jurisdiction.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:57:41 +0000 Irina Zhorov 43989 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA to consider renewing produced water discharge permits on Wind River Reservation Wyoming leaders say Washington targets coal http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-leaders-say-washington-targets-coal <p>Wyoming leaders say the state's energy-based economy is suffering under recent Obama administration environmental initiatives.</p><p></p><p>Republican Gov. Matt Mead plans to testify next week in Cheyenne against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to restrict emissions from coal-fired power plants.</p><p>Mead says the rule will cost Wyoming's five coal-fired power plants about $1 billion initially and perhaps $100 million a year thereafter. He says implementing the regulations won't affect haze.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:19:28 +0000 The Associated Press 43653 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming leaders say Washington targets coal Governor says Wyoming will do a better job with Pavillion than the EPA http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/governor-says-wyoming-will-do-better-job-pavillion-epa <p> Wyoming’s Governor says the state will work hard to find out what contaminated water in Pavillion , and will develop a long term solution to the water woes for residents in the area.&nbsp;</p><p>Last month the E-P-A announced it was relinquishing its role in a study that had tentatively linked hydraulic fracturing with groundwater pollution. Landowners are upset with that the fact that the state will now handle the investigation.&nbsp; Governor Matt Mead says the E-P-A was taking too long.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:27:13 +0000 Bob Beck 43522 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Governor says Wyoming will do a better job with Pavillion than the EPA Study outlines risks of injecting waste into aquifer http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/study-outlines-risks-injecting-waste-aquifer <p>A study found that if wastewater were injected into a deep portion of the Madison Aquifer, it could potentially contaminate drinking water supplies in other areas.</p><p></p><p>Encana Oil and Gas has asked for permission to dispose of brine and drilling waste in the aquifer. The company says it would inject the waste into an area where water quality is already poor and which is so deep that it would be an impractical source for drinking water, regardless.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:55:19 +0000 Willow Belden 42908 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Study outlines risks of injecting waste into aquifer Environmental groups disappointed by handover of water contamination study http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/environmental-groups-disappointed-handover-water-contamination-study <p>Environmental groups say they’re disappointed that the Environmental Protection Agency has handed over control of the Pavillion water quality study to the state.</p><p></p><p>In 2011, the EPA issued a draft report tentatively linking groundwater contamination to fracking around Pavillion. Yesterday, the agency announced that it will not finalize that report.</p><p>Richard Garrett with the Wyoming Outdoors Council says he’s unhappy with EPA’s decision.</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:25:53 +0000 Willow Belden 42657 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Environmental groups disappointed by handover of water contamination study Landowners upset over EPA’s handover of water study in Pavillion http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/landowners-upset-over-epa-s-handover-water-study-pavillion <p>Landowners in Wyoming are upset that the Environmental Protection Agency is relinquishing its role in a study that could link hydraulic fracturing with groundwater pollution.</p><p></p><p>The State of Wyoming is taking over an investigation of water quality in Pavillion, from the EPA. Encana Oil and Gas has natural gas wells in the area…and the EPA started testing water wells there after residents complained that the water was becoming polluted. The agency released a draft report in 2011, which tentatively linked the contamination to fracking.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:05:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 42652 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Landowners upset over EPA’s handover of water study in Pavillion EPA won't confirm Pavillion frack-pollution tie http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-wont-confirm-pavillion-frack-pollution-tie <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is abandoning its plan to confirm hydraulic fracturing is linked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>A draft news release obtained today by The Associated Press says the EPA won't have independent scientists review its finding that fracking may have caused the pollution.</p><p>EPA spokesman Tom Reynolds in Washington, D.C., confirms the information.</p><p>The EPA says it won't finalize its report on the issue. Instead, it will let state officials investigate.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:39:27 +0000 The Associated Press 42601 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA won't confirm Pavillion frack-pollution tie EPA hesitates to allow waste water disposal in Madison Aquifer http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-hesitates-allow-waste-water-disposal-madison-aquifer <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for more information from Encana before it okays an aquifer exemption allowing the company to pump waste water into the Madison aquifer near Casper.</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:56:55 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39106 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA hesitates to allow waste water disposal in Madison Aquifer Wyo. Lawmakers Tangle with Obama Over EPA http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyo-lawmakers-tangle-obama-over-epa <p></p><p><strong>Wyoming Republican lawmakers are up in arms over efforts by the Obama Administration to regulate carbon emissions through the Executive Branch. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on the energy debate that’s boiling on Capitol Hill.</strong></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:10:29 +0000 Matt Laslo 38696 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyo. Lawmakers Tangle with Obama Over EPA Torrington ethanol plant pays $49K in environmental fines http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/torrington-ethanol-plant-pays-49k-environmental-fines <p>An ethanol plant in Torrington has agreed to pay $49,000 in fines for violations regarding hazardous chemicals.</p><p>David Cobb with the Environmental Protection Agency says Wyoming Ethanol did not tell the public it was using large quantities of ammonia, and did not have adequate risk management plans for handling flammable mixtures. Both are violations of federal law.</p><p>Cobb says the chemicals in question are dangerous.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:33:39 +0000 Willow Belden 37695 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Torrington ethanol plant pays $49K in environmental fines Sen. Barrasso to take a close look at Obama's nomination for EPA head http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/sen-barrasso-take-close-look-obamas-nomination-epa-head <p>President Obama today announced his nomination for an Environmental Protection Agency administrator. President Obama’s pick, Gina McCarthy, is currently an assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.</p><p>McCarthy has been said to work well with industry while being an aggressive regulator. She helped create rules to curb mercury and soot emissions from power plants during President Obama’s first term.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 23:13:38 +0000 Irina Zhorov 37508 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Sen. Barrasso to take a close look at Obama's nomination for EPA head Analysis: Coal is weakening without help from the EPA http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/analysis-coal-weakening-without-help-epa <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Coal is weakening its dominion over the energy market, and according to a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, new EPA regulations are not to blame.</p><p></p><p>Wyoming lawmakers including Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis have pointed to what they call President Obama’s war on coal as the reason for declining coal production.</p><p></p><p>But David Schlissel of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis -- who led the presentation -- says other factors are responsible.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:38:51 +0000 Irina Zhorov 36902 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Analysis: Coal is weakening without help from the EPA EPA urges Carbon Monoxide awareness http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-urges-carbon-monoxide-awareness <p>As winter approaches and temperatures dip, the Environmental Protection Agency is urging people to protect themselves against carbon monoxide poisoning.</p><p>Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tricky to detect. But 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, and 20,000 more are hospitalized.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 01:43:40 +0000 Sara Hossaini 33687 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA urges Carbon Monoxide awareness Surface discharge of water used in oil recovery common throughout Wyoming http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/surface-discharge-water-used-oil-recovery-common-throughout-wyoming <p>The EPA issues water discharge permits on the Wind River Indian Reservation to oil and gas companies bringing up water with their oil.&nbsp;</p><p>That water, called produced water, is dirty and often warm even in winter. The permits are issued through an EPA waiver that allows such water to be discharged in the arid West if it’s being used beneficially.&nbsp; In the drier parts of Wyoming it is sometimes the only source of water for livestock and wildlife.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:11:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 33120 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Surface discharge of water used in oil recovery common throughout Wyoming