Senate Considers Funding For Orphan Sites

Feb 15, 2018

Minerals Committee
Credit Bob Beck

A State Senate Committee voted to unanimously support a bill that will help the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality clean up abandoned contaminated sites in the state. The DEQ has been busy repairing a number of so-called orphan sites around the state where the companies are no longer available to pay for the cleanup.  

Luke Esch of the DEQ says the legislation provides money from an account funded by taxes and fees. 

"Really allows us to get away from general funds and find a sustainable source of funding for these projects."

Esch says they have used past funding to repair sites that house the Evanston Roundhouse and Cody Labs. The bill now goes to the Senate floor.