The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (Department) has released its annual report, available on the DEQ website. The report gives an overview of agency functions, and highlights the department's performance against seven goals:

  • Investigate, remediate and restore contaminated and disturbed sites
  • Collect, manage and monitor environmental data
  • Develop a clear, concise and consistent regulatory framework
  • Apply standards and requirements that protect the environment while allowing for responsible economic development
  • Ensure adherence with environmental standards
  • Develop and maintain an outcome oriented workforce and culture
  • Administer and manage the resources of the agency in a responsible manner

The report notes that the Department completed 747 WYPDES inspections, 221 waste requirement inspections, 336 coal mine inspections, 432 non-coal mine inspections, and 690 air quality compliance inspections from July 2017 to June 2018. Ozone precursor emissions in the Upper Green River Basin have been reduced by 1650 tons of NOx and 6401 tons of VOC in nine years. Renewable energy development activity continues, and standup of the state's Uranium Recovery Program is expected to occur before the end of the year. The Department reclaimed approximately 175 acres of unproductive abandoned mine lands and 137 acres of impacted stream lands, and drilled 940 holes for subsidence evaluation and grout injection. To see more, review the 26-page report on the Department's website.