clean water act http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Company Ordered to Pay $1 Million for Illegal Oil Discharge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/company-ordered-pay-1-million-illegal-oil-discharge <p>A federal court has ordered an oil and gas company to pay one million dollars for an unauthorized oil discharge near Rawlins in 2011.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:21:10 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53384 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Company Ordered to Pay $1 Million for Illegal Oil Discharge Metal-laden discharges from coal plants poorly regulated http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/metal-laden-discharges-coal-plants-poorly-regulated <p>A new report by the environmental group Sierra Club says at least three coal-fired power plants in Wyoming discharge pollution containing metals into streams. According to the report, some plants do not monitor how much waste they discharge or what it contains.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says coal plants nationwide contribute more than half of the toxic pollutants discharged to water bodies by regulated industry, but discharge standards have not been updated since 1982.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:14:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44356 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Metal-laden discharges from coal plants poorly regulated EPA to consider renewing produced water discharge permits on Wind River Reservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/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://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA to consider renewing produced water discharge permits on Wind River Reservation Environmental groups sue BNSF Railways and coal producers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-sue-bnsf-railways-and-coal-producers <p>The Sierra Club and partner organizations filed a lawsuit today against BNSF Railways and several coal producers. The suit claims the companies are violating the federal Clean Water Act when they discharge coal dust along railways from the Powder River Basin without permits to do so.</p><p>Pacific Northwest Regional Press Secretary for Sierra Club’ Beyond Coal campaign, Krista Collard, says a letter of intent to file the suit was sent to all parties two months ago, but they did little to limit coal dust pollution.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:11:58 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41854 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups sue BNSF Railways and coal producers Wyoming landfill legislation should improve water quality despite decades-long delay http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-landfill-legislation-should-improve-water-quality-despite-decades-long-delay <p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 23:04:49 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40422 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming landfill legislation should improve water quality despite decades-long delay