Environmental Protection Agency http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en High Number Of Tribal Candidates Running In Upcoming Primary http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/high-number-tribal-candidates-running-upcoming-primary <p></p><p></p><p>Over the years it's been a challenge to drum up political engagement on the Wind River Reservation. But things may be different this year with eight tribal members running for office in multiple parties. It's an unusually high number. Democratic Representative Patrick Goggles says it’s his theory that what has inspired so much political gusto is the shifting dynamic in the Republican Party. He says the politicizing of the right wing is happening everywhere, including Wind River.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:25:36 +0000 Melodie Edwards 62563 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org High Number Of Tribal Candidates Running In Upcoming Primary Hundreds Pack EPA Hearings On Proposed Carbon Rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hundreds-pack-epa-hearings-proposed-carbon-rules <p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 17.108px; line-height: 1.5;">Mark Fix has been ranching outside of Miles City, Montana since the </span>mid-1980s<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 17.108px; line-height: 1.5;">, raising cattle, alfalfa and grain on his 9,700 acre plot of land. But severe weather events have been stacking up in recent years: a tornado tore through his barn, flooding stranded his cows. It’s impacting his bottom line, and he’s convinced it’s from human-caused climate change.</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:34:24 +0000 Dan Boyce 62089 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hundreds Pack EPA Hearings On Proposed Carbon Rules Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts <p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change. &nbsp;</p><p>Like most all things here in Washington these days, the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EPA is being read along party lines. But Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says it’s not just partisanship. He says your opinion also hinges on where you’re reading.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:05:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 60530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts Republican Governors Urge EPA To Scrap Carbon Pollution Rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/republican-governors-urge-epa-scrap-carbon-pollution-rule <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Matt Mead joined his counterparts in eight other states Monday in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap its new carbon pollution rules. The rules call for a 30 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants by 2030.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:10:33 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Republican Governors Urge EPA To Scrap Carbon Pollution Rule Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-shoshone-tribal-liaison-resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Eastern Shoshone tribal liaison&nbsp;has stepped down from her position, saying the governor and legislature were disrespectful to her,&nbsp;both&nbsp;as a woman and tribal member.&nbsp;But the Governor's office says she wasn't fulfilling her responsibility to mediate between the tribes and the state.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:33:07 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59767 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-regulators-evaluating-epa-carbon-rule <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the week since the Obama administration unveiled new rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, Wyoming regulators have been digging in, trying to figure out exactly what they’ll mean for the Cowboy State. So far, they have more questions than answers.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:03:29 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59648 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-congressional-delegation-believes-new-epa-rules-will-devastate-economy <p>This week the EPA unveiled a new rule to drastically cut carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. While Wyoming Republicans say it will devastate the economy, Matt Laslo reports from Washington that some experts say their outdated thinking has set the state back in the new energy economy.&nbsp;</p><p>The White House isn't waiting around for this Congress to help it tackle climate change. The new EPA rule will require Wyoming to slash it's carbon emissions by 19 percent. Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says the state's energy producers are worried.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:38:36 +0000 Matt Laslo 59477 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-carbon-regs-leave-wyoming-out-coldor-do-they <p>It didn't take long after the Obama administration unveiled new rules this week regulating carbon emissions from power plants for people to start naming winners and losers. Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producing state, and a huge coal consumer, was immediately billed as a loser.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:28:12 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They? 2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/2-wyoming-cities-receive-epa-grants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Green River’s train depot will soon become a community center, thanks to a $200,000 grant from Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA ‘Brownfield Funds’ are given to communities to clean up contaminated industrial sites and develop them for community use.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:16:37 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59295 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants New Rule Aims To Cut Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-rule-aims-cut-carbon-emissions-30-percent <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In an effort to curb climate change, the Obama administration has proposed a rule to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by 30 percent. The rule is the first to target power plants, the nation’s largest carbon emitters.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:20:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59248 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Rule Aims To Cut Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent Mead Urges Support For Carbon Capture Innovation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-urges-support-carbon-capture-innovation <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It’s time to stop looking at carbon as a liability and time to start figuring out ways to turn into an asset, Governor Matt Mead told attendees at the Wyoming Business Report’s Energy Summit Monday. He said carbon capture and utilization technology is not ready for prime-time, but that innovation is possible if the government and others invest in it.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:14:27 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58542 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Urges Support For Carbon Capture Innovation Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pinedale-air-improves-state-toughens-industry-regs <p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Willow Belden 56713 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs House Discusses EPA Pushback Proposals http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-discusses-epa-pushback-proposals <p>A bill that would expand Wyoming's ability to fight the Environmental Protection Agency in court received initial approval in the state House of Representatives.</p><p></p><p>The bill gives the Wyoming Attorney General's Office over two million dollars to fight back against EPA policies that the state deems unacceptable.&nbsp; The state is already engaged in a number of lawsuits against the agency.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:09:53 +0000 Bob Beck 54616 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Discusses EPA Pushback Proposals Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/negotiation-vs-litigation-look-reservation-borders-decision <p>The governments of Riverton, Fremont County, the state, and of the two tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation are arguing, again, over the reservation’s&nbsp;borders.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:58:13 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54048 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision N. Arapaho Tribe Says A Stay On EPA’s Border Decision Could Provide “Breathing Room” http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/n-arapaho-tribe-says-stay-epa-s-border-decision-could-provide-breathing-room <p>The Northern Arapaho Tribe has written a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to put the brakes on an&nbsp;agency decision regarding the Wind River Reservation’s borders.</p><p>The EPA recently granted the&nbsp;Wind River Indian Reservation status as&nbsp;a state for the purpose of air monitoring, and in the process determined that Riverton is on tribal land. That decision has brought up civil and criminal jurisdictional issue for the city, and the state has requested that the EPA hold off on implementing it.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:24:09 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53857 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org N. Arapaho Tribe Says A Stay On EPA’s Border Decision Could Provide “Breathing Room” Economist Discusses Whether Regulations Scare Off Industry http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/economist-discusses-whether-regulations-scare-industry <p>For many years, Wyoming lawmakers have been reluctant to impose new regulations on industry.&nbsp; At the national level, the congressional delegation has been highly critical anytime the Environmental Protection Agency proposes new regulations on energy production, saying that it costs jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>State leaders have echoed those statements, and over the years many legislators have even expressed concern about adding staff to the Department of Environmental Quality, fearing that it could lead to over regulation.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:58:35 +0000 Willow Belden 52770 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Economist Discusses Whether Regulations Scare Off Industry State to appeal reservation boundary decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-appeal-reservation-boundary-decision <p></p><p>Governor Matt Mead is unhappy with the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent drawing of the Wind River Indian Reservation’s boundary and is appealing the ruling.</p><p>The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes asked the EPA for state-like status for the purpose of air monitoring, and the EPA gave them that. But as part of the decision, the agency also drew the reservation’s borders to include Riverton.</p><p>Wyoming has long considered Riverton to be outside of the reservation’s borders and a Wyoming Supreme Court case affirmed the state’s stance in 2008.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:01:51 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51705 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State to appeal reservation boundary decision UPDATE: EPA issues Wind River Reservation state status for air monitoring, rules on res. border http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/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://wyomingpublicmedia.org UPDATE: EPA issues Wind River Reservation state status for air monitoring, rules on res. border Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-quality-council-rejects-challenge-underground-coal-gasification-permit <p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:32:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50296 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit A conversation about greenhouse gas regulations is needed, says WY lawmaker http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conversation-about-greenhouse-gas-regulations-needed-says-wy-lawmaker <p>At today’s energy law conference in Laramie, one Wyoming lawmaker urged the state to be proactive in the discussion about greenhouse gas regulations.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:44:26 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49863 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A conversation about greenhouse gas regulations is needed, says WY lawmaker EPA unveils rules limiting carbon emissions from natural gas and coal power plants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-unveils-rules-limiting-carbon-emissions-natural-gas-and-coal-power-plants <p>The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a set of rules that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal and natural gas power plants. If finalized, the rules would be the first to set such a national standard. The rule caps carbon emissions from natural gas power plants at 1,000 pounds/megawatt hour and from coal power plants at 1,100 pounds.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47263 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA unveils rules limiting carbon emissions from natural gas and coal power plants EPA to finalize regional haze plan for WY by Nov. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-finalize-regional-haze-plan-wy-nov <p>The comment period closed Monday on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Regional Haze Plan. The plan seeks to address the issue of air pollution produced by coal fired power plants. Wyoming put together its own regional haze program, but the EPA rejected parts of it, saying it wasn't strong enough, particularly&nbsp;when it came&nbsp;to nitrogen oxide emissions at four plants.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:17:42 +0000 Irina Zhorov 46025 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA to finalize regional haze plan for WY by Nov. Gov. Mead speaks about state takeover of the Pavillion water study and potential investments http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-speaks-about-state-takeover-pavillion-water-study-and-potential-investments <p>Governor Matt Mead says he trusts the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to deliver trustworthy results when it takes over the Pavillion water contamination study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A draft of the study initiated by the EPA was released in 2011 and tentatively linked groundwater contamination with fracking, something industry expressed skepticism about.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Mead says he’s not sure yet whether the state study will be peer reviewed once it’s completed.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:54:10 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44157 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead speaks about state takeover of the Pavillion water study and potential investments 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 Natural gas might become even more attractive to utilities than coal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-might-become-even-more-attractive-utilities-coal <p>A new study conducted by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University reports that as more EPA regulations go into effect, natural gas is likely to become even more attractive to utilities than coal.</p><p>Co-author of the study, Professor Lincoln Pratson, says that one reason coal will become less desired is the expensive emission controls the coal plants will have to install.</p><p>The only pollutant that natural gas plants produce that the EPA regulates are NOx emissions. &nbsp;NOx stands for pollutants which contain NO and NO2, gases formed during combustion.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:52:52 +0000 Luke Hammons 39586 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural gas might become even more attractive to utilities than coal Encana needs to satisfy EPA's concerns before injecting into Madison aquifer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/encana-needs-satisfy-epas-concerns-injecting-madison-aquifer <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for more information from Encana Oil and Gas before signing off on the company’s request for an aquifer exemption. Encana wants to pump waste water into the Madison Aquifer from their oil and gas field in the Moneta Divide. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has already approved the request, but the EPA says the modeling of the plume that Encana did is too broad and the agency wants more information about why, according to Encana, the relatively clean water can’t be used for other purposes .</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:26:05 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39218 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Encana needs to satisfy EPA's concerns before injecting into Madison aquifer Wyoming's water relatively cleaner than streams nationwide http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-water-relatively-cleaner-streams-nationwide <p>A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that streams in Wyoming are in better condition than the national average. The study collected about two thousand samples from streams nationwide to determine the quality of the water. &nbsp;Denise Keehner is Director of the EPA’s &nbsp;Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds.&nbsp; She says Wyoming is divided into four eco-regions – in those eco-regions water quality is poor in 26% to 43% of streams, while the national average is 55%.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:18:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 38592 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's water relatively cleaner than streams nationwide Sen. Barrasso to take a close look at Obama's nomination for EPA head http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-barrasso-take-close-look-obamas-nomination-epa-head <p>President Obama today announced his nomination for an Environmental Protection Agency administrator. President Obama’s pick, Gina McCarthy, is currently an assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.</p><p>McCarthy has been said to work well with industry while being an aggressive regulator. She helped create rules to curb mercury and soot emissions from power plants during President Obama’s first term.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 23:13:38 +0000 Irina Zhorov 37508 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Barrasso to take a close look at Obama's nomination for EPA head Wyoming strives to curb ozone levels to meet federal mandate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-strives-curb-ozone-levels-meet-federal-mandate <p>Sublette County is home to two of Wyoming’s major oil and gas fields … and emissions from the energy production have caused smog to form – a type of smog called ozone. Ground-level ozone can cause and exacerbate respiratory problems. It’s also a problem for legal reasons: ozone levels in Sublette County have exceeded federal limits several times in the past few years. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in. It’s designating Sublette County a “nonattainment area,” which means Wyoming is obligated to fix the problem. Fri, 18 May 2012 22:17:59 +0000 Willow Belden 24292 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming strives to curb ozone levels to meet federal mandate