Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says that the Pinedale area has unsafe levels of ozone and he has recommended to the Environmental Protection Agency that it be declared an ozone non-attainment area. State air quality administrator Dave Finley says the area has exceeded ozone levels since 2005. "We are imposing requirements to bring the existing emissions down," he said, "and we are doing whatever else we need to do to bring the area back into attainment."
Laramie, WY – The latest analysis shows Wyoming may get about $17 million less than originally expected in stimulus money. The current estimate is that the state will receive about $498 million.
Highways and schools are expected to see the most money, with $157 million going to the state Department of Transportation. WYDOT Chief Engineer Del McComie says this means the department can get to some projects it has wanted to do for years. "We hope to have the bulk of that work under contract this coming summer," he said.
Laramie, WY – The National Resources Defense Council says Wyoming has a coal ash problem. The group says five proposed coal plants in Campbell and Converse counties would produce nearly 700 thousand tons of coal ash per year -- including more than 640 tons of toxic metals like arsenic, lead and mercury. Coal ash is a by-product of burning coal, and in Wyoming it can be stored in mines or in permitted landfills.
Cheyenne, WY – A study shows that antelope in the Upper Green River Basin are avoiding natural gas development but don't show signs of suffering more than herds in other areas.
The Wildlife Conservation Society on Tuesday released the results of the third year of its ongoing five-year study. The study is funded by Ultra Resources, Shell Exploration and Production, and Questar Market Resources.
The Upper Green River Basin is home to the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Field, two of the nation's most productive natural gas sources.
Laramie, WY – A national advocacy group says the state is doing worse on mental health issues than it was three years ago. The National Alliance on Mental Illness gave Wyoming a grade of "D" in 2006 and an "F" this year. The state lost points for not having enough psychiatrists or affordable housing for people with mental health issues.