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Harmful algae blooms from the Wyoming Department of Health website

CASPER — Harmful algae season is months away, but Wyoming regulators are already gearing up to test for toxins at some of the state’s most vulnerable waters.  The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began tracking harmful algal blooms statewide in 2017. Every spring, the agency...
CASPER — The dispute over pollution at the Jim Bridger Power Plant is complicating another set of air quality regulations.  Wyoming committed more than a decade ago to installing costly emissions controls at Bridger units 1 and 2. The controls were part of a plan the state developed to comply with...
A bill to clarify Wyoming’s permitting authority over TerraPower’s proposed Natrium nuclear plant in Kemmerer is advancing in the budget session with broad support, despite a row over future taxation.  House Bill 131 – Nuclear power generation and storage-amendments,  sponsored by Rep. Donald...
Health advisory issued for Lake DeSmet   BUFFALO (WNE) — Health officials are advising that people and animals avoid portions of Lake DeSmet after discovery of a harmful bacteria. Last week, the Wyoming Department of Health issued a harmful cyanobacterial bloom advisory for Lake DeSmet based on...
FROM WYOFILE:    Staff turnover, recruitment challenges hit state’s environmental agency   By Dustin Bleizeffer, wyofile.com   Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality, which oversees the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and many other environmental laws that guide mining, landfills, refineries...

This image of Alkali Creek shows flows downstream of the Frenchie Draw oil and gas field discharge point in October 2021, according to the image title. The Powder River Basin Resource Council obtained this and other public records through a request to Wyoming DEQ. (Photo by Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality)

After exceeding pollution limits, oilfield operator seeks relaxed permit   Angus M. Thuermer Jr., wyofile.com   After an energy company at the troubled Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield discharged more pollution than allowed under a 2020 permit, Wyoming is poised to change that permit to remove...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The city of Newcastle is completing an agreement with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for the city’s Landfill Remediation Program, according to city engineer Mike Moore. He said the project, led by the DEQ, will address environmental concerns posed by...
Researchers look for clues as toxic blooms plague Wyo waters   By Christine Peterson, WyoFile.com   It can look like green paint spilled on the surface of a lake. Or like cottage cheese. Or grass clippings.  Many people call it blue-green algae, even though on the tree of life, cyanobacteria is...
Officials say oil rebounding, but work with feds needed   By Jonathan Gallardo Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — A year after its prices dropped below zero, oil seems to be on the rebound, but a lot of work remains to be done under the Biden administration. That was the...
First-of-its-kind approach to coal reclamation bonding in the works   By Joel Funk, WyoFile.com   Wyoming lawmakers are considering a new option for coal mine reclamation bonding that could reduce risk for the state in the event of insolvency. Both environmental and industry advocates have...

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