air quality http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Growth In Energy Production Prompts Concerns Over Air Monitoring Network http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/growth-energy-production-prompts-concerns-over-air-monitoring-network <p>We’ve reported often on the effects that energy production can have on air quality. The most obvious example is Pinedale, where federal ambient air quality standards were violated, largely because of emissions from natural gas production. Regulators say the air elsewhere in the state is fine. But some worry that Wyoming doesn’t have a sufficient monitoring network to know for sure. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:21:28 +0000 Willow Belden 52774 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Growth In Energy Production Prompts Concerns Over Air Monitoring Network Air monitor stays in Converse County http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/air-monitor-stays-converse-county <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has decided to keep an air quality monitor in Converse County for another year.</p><p>DEQ placed a mobile monitor near Douglas after residents voiced concerns about emissions from new energy development in the area. So far, there’s no indication that air quality standards have been violated, but there were several days with high pollution levels.</p><p>Typically, DEQ moves their mobile air quality monitors to new locations each year, but the agency’s Cara Keslar says they want to keep a close eye on this area.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:52:02 +0000 Willow Belden 52427 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Air monitor stays in Converse County Sublette County ozone forecasting resumes http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/sublette-county-ozone-forecasting-resumes <p>Ozone forecasting in Sublette County will begin again in January. <span id="0.5819999373036745" name="searchHitInReadingPane">Ozone</span> is a hazardous gas that’s formed under certain conditions by the combination of volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxides. In recent years Sublette County has seen spikes in <span id="0.9330231256242153" name="searchHitInReadingPane">ozone</span> during wintertime, particularly on days with no wind, lots of sunlight and snow on the ground.<br /> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:27:38 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51826 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Sublette County ozone forecasting resumes UPDATE: EPA issues Wind River Reservation state status for air monitoring, rules on res. border http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/update-epa-issues-wind-river-reservation-state-status-air-monitoring-rules-res-border <p>After five years of deliberation, the Environmental Protection Agency has declared the Wind River Indian Reservation its own state for the purpose of air quality monitoring. The decision, made under the <a href="http://epa.gov/air/tribal/backgrnd.html">Clean Air Act</a>, will allow the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to apply for grants to support air monitoring programs, but it doesn’t give the tribes regulatory powers.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:36:08 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51054 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UPDATE: EPA issues Wind River Reservation state status for air monitoring, rules on res. border 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 Proposed natural gas plant kindles air quality concerns in Douglas http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/proposed-natural-gas-plant-kindles-air-quality-concerns-douglas <p>Douglas residents are concerned about emissions from a proposed natural gas processing plant on the outskirts of town. Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners’ Douglas facility would process 120 million cubic feet of raw natural gas per day. Residents wrote to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, worried about carbon dioxide and formaldehyde emissions, among other things.<br /><br />Cole Anderson is in charge of Wyoming’s air quality permitting process. He says the DEQ &nbsp;has reviewed the company’s proposed emissions, and found them to meet state standards.<br /> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:54:44 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48774 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Proposed natural gas plant kindles air quality concerns in Douglas Mobile lab could help solve air quality questions http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/mobile-lab-could-help-solve-air-quality-questions <p>Atmospheric Scientists at the University of Wyoming will soon have access to a mobile laboratory that will help them conduct advanced research into ozone pollution and other air quality issues.</p><p>Rob Field is a researcher in the Atmospheric Science Department. He says only a handful of universities have equipment this sophisticated.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:45:48 +0000 Willow Belden 47670 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Mobile lab could help solve air quality questions DEQ installs air quality monitors in Casper, Rock Springs http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/deq-installs-air-quality-monitors-casper-rock-springs <p>The Department of Environmental Quality has installed air quality monitors in Casper and Rock Springs.</p><p>DEQ Spokesman Keith Guille says they want to find out what pollutants are in the air, and whether they’re occurring at levels that are hazardous to public health.</p><p></p><p>“It’s important to get a baseline of right now what we’re seeing for air quality,” Guille said. “And then also if we do find some issues, obviously we need to start looking into what may be leading into higher levels of certain constituents.”</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:46:58 +0000 Willow Belden 38385 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net DEQ installs air quality monitors in Casper, Rock Springs Air quality research to begin in Sublette and Converse Counties http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/air-quality-research-begin-sublette-and-converse-counties <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming are planning to map out the emissions coming from natural gas fields in Sublette County.</p><p>The area violates federal air quality standards because emissions from the energy industry have caused high levels of ozone, which is a type of smog, to form.</p><p>Rob Field is leading the project. He says they’ll use high-tech mobile monitors to measure air quality.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:57:26 +0000 Willow Belden 35847 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Air quality research to begin in Sublette and Converse Counties Ozone spikes put Sublette County on federal list of air quality violators http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/ozone-spikes-put-sublette-county-federal-list-air-quality-violators <p>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s official: The Environmental Protection Agency says Sublette County and parts of neighboring counties are violating federal air quality standards because ozone levels have gone above the legal limit multiple times in the past few years. It&rsquo;s widely recognized that the problem stems from emissions in the oil and gas industry. When you get the right combination of two types of emissions -- NOX and VOCs&nbsp; -- coupled with certain wintertime weather conditions, ground-level ozone forms. Fri, 11 May 2012 21:56:26 +0000 Willow Belden 23929 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Ozone spikes put Sublette County on federal list of air quality violators EPA Announces Air Pollution Regulations For Hydraulic Fracking http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/epa-announces-air-pollution-regulations-hydraulic-fracking <p>This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency&nbsp;released federal standards under the Clean Air Act that will control air pollution from hydraulically fractured natural gas and oil wells.</p><p>This is the first set of federal standards to control air pollution from fracking.</p><p>The&nbsp;regulations aim to decrease air pollution caused by&nbsp;volatile organic compounds and other chemicals&hellip;&nbsp;and&nbsp;will also reduce the amount of methane, which is a greenhouse gas, released into the air.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:41:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 22771 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net EPA Announces Air Pollution Regulations For Hydraulic Fracking