Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

GILLETTE (WNE) — A potentially dangerous level of blue-green algae was confirmed in the Gillette Fishing Lake, and an advisory is now in place. The Wyoming Department of Health issued a recreational use advisory for the Fishing Lake last week, according to the City of Gillette. The lake remains...
PINEDALE — This year’s springtime planning meeting on May 25 for the Pinedale Anticline Project Area was the first in-person meeting among operators, officials and biologists, the third total since COVID shut down public gatherings.  The meeting took place at the Pinedale Field Office with...

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...
Gordon signs order to keep power plant open   By Nicole Pollack Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — Time’s up for unit 2 of the Jim Bridger Power Plant. After state and federal officials failed to establish updated pollution control standards for the unit ahead of its Dec. 31...
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...

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...
Showdown over regional haze could shut down coal unit   By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   PacifiCorp could be forced to shut down one of four coal-burning units at the Jim Bridger power plant at year’s end unless it is granted more time to comply with federal haze standards, according to...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The Weston County Solid Waste District is one step closer to beginning the permitting process for the new county wide landfill, according to board member Bob Hartley.  After the completion of a land trade with the state of Wyoming, the district began the process to...

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