Pinedale, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a public meeting in Pinedale on studies of winter ozone in the Upper Green River Basin. Today's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Sublette County Library.
The meeting takes place ahead of plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the nationwide limit for ozone pollution. Those regulations could affect western Wyoming's gas industry.
Washington D-C – First Lady, Nancy Freudenthal, testified before the U-S Senate Judiciary Committee on her nomination to be a federal judge in the state. Judicial hearings for federal judges aren't usually controversial. But the top Republican on the committee Jeff Sessions joked about the importance of vetting judges that are appointed for life. Session1 "Ms. Freudenthal, You got a lot better job security than your husband if you get this job."
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal says he's working with lawmakers on a proposal for the upcoming Legislature to tax wind energy production. Freudenthal says the wind industry should contribute to state and county revenues through taxation just as other energy industries do. In November, the Joint Revenue Committee voted against sponsoring two bills to tax wind energy generation. Freudenthal wouldn't discuss specifics of a potential new wind tax bill during a Friday interview.