By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – Communities around Wyoming are beginning to fulfill a new state requirement that they assess the state of their local landfills. State environmental officials are worried the landfills are leaking and could be polluting groundwater, and therefore, drinking water. Park county organizers have already begun holding public meetings today and yesterday to educate citizens about the potential problems and solutions. Local organizer Deb Thomas says oil and gas development and increasing population are changing the nature of the state and feeding the landfills. Communities must test and analyze landfills and hand in recommendations for clean up or closure by 2010.