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.
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.
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
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
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.