WPR News
11:50 am
Mon March 22, 2010

EPA plans to increase standard for TCE

Cheyenne, WY – Plans by the Environmental Protection Agency to set a tougher standard for the amount of a toxic chemical allowed in drinking water will raise the bar for cleaning up contaminated groundwater near old nuclear missile sites.

But a tougher standard for trichloroethylene will add little if any expense to cleaning up those sites.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that once groundwater is cleaned up to the current standard, not much more work is needed to reduce TCE to undetectable levels.

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WPR News
9:55 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Some in Wyoming praise the health care vote

WPR News
9:53 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Lummis votes no on health care bill

WPR News
10:46 am
Sat March 20, 2010

Cowgirls advance in WNIT

Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Cowgirls outscored Nevada 16 to 5 to start the second half and went on to defeat the Wolfpack 74 to 53 in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Aubrey Vandiver led the Cowgirls with 22 points and Hillary Carlson added 19 points and ten blocked shots. Wyoming advances to the second round of the tournament. It hosts Texas Tech Tuesday night.

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WPR News
10:44 am
Sat March 20, 2010

Wyoming wrestler misses national championship

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9:02 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

More police to join Wind River force

Riverton, Wyo. – More police officers will be patrolling the Wind River Indian Reservation thanks to a federal pilot program.

The reservation is part of a program involving three other tribal areas in the country to reduce crime by at least 5 percent over a two-year period.

Leslie Shakespeare of the Eastern Shoshone Department of Juvenile Justice says the idea of the program is to reduce violent crime in particular in Indian country.

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WPR News
9:00 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Sinclair says it released poisonous gas this month

Rawlins, Wyo. – Officials with Sinclair Refinery say an equipment malfunction caused the release of more than 1,000 pounds of a flammable, poisonous gas earlier this month.

John Pfeffer is the refinery's environmental health and safety manager. He says the hydrogen sulfide was released during equipment failures on March 8, March 9 and March 13.

He says the company is investigating all the incidents and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and Carbon County Emergency Management were notified.

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WPR News
10:08 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Hydraulic fracturing to be studied.

Laramie, WY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will study potential human health and water quality threats from hydraulic fracturing. The oil and natural gas drilling technique injects massive amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground. Meanwhile, the state of Wyoming is
wrapping up a comment period on a rule change requiring more information from those
using the technique.
Fracking has become widespread in a number of areas, including
Wyoming, and has unlocked extensive natural gas reserves. But the

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WPR News
9:58 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Wyoming tries to stop fish stocking

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department hopes that a new law imposing stiffer penalties for people who stocking fish illegally in state waters will put a halt to the practice.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal on March 10 signed a bill into law that
specifies violators could be fined up to $10,000 and face up to a
year in jail for illegal stocking.
Mike Stone is chief of fisheries for the game department in
Cheyenne. He says that catching a few people breaking the law and
hitting them with the new penalties would probably help to reduce

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WPR News
8:24 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Mont. drilling leases on hold over climate change

Billings, Mont. – A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring the government to suspend oil and gas leases on almost 38,000 acres in Montana because potential climate change impacts were not studied prior to leasing.

Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, an attorney involved in the case, says it marks the first time the Bureau of Land Management has agreed to go back and consider if a lease sale could exacerbate climate change.

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