Rocky Mountain Power says proposed federal environmental regulations could close many of its coal-fired power plants in Wyoming early.
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a revised version of its plan to control regional haze. The latest plan incorporates some parts of a plan from Wyoming regulators but it includes tougher restrictions for some plants.
Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming's largest power provider, has four coal-fired plants in the state - Jim Bridger, Dave Johnston, Wyodak and Naughton.
Company spokesman Dave Eskelsen declined to tell the Casper Star-Tribune which plants which would be endangered by the proposal.
He said the company is studying the potential effects on each of its units.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 June 2013 05:06
Gov. Matt Mead says the mining industry in Wyoming sets the highest standard for reclamation.
The governor spoke Monday at the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Symposium and meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation in Laramie.
Mead says the quality of reclamation shown in Wyoming's mining industry sets the global standard.
Mead released a state energy strategy last month that emphasizes the connections between energy production, environmental stewardship and the state's economy. Wyoming is the largest coal-producing state and is also a major producer of natural gas and oil.
Mead said that development of natural resources isn't synonymous with ruin. He says that through proper reclamation, a net increase in overall natural resource conditions is possible and should be expected.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 05:21
A pathogen that's linked to fatal pneumonia has been detected in the nonnative mountain goats that are expanding into the territory of the Teton bighorn sheep herd in northwest Wyoming.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists tranquilized four mountain goats from the Palisades herd in April and found a bacteria strain in one of the goats.
Game and Fish wildlife biologist Gary Fralick tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that efforts to monitor the goats will continue in hopes of learning how prevalent the pathogen is in the herd.
Biologists are worried about the bighorn sheep.
The bacteria is thought to be implicated in the deaths of 40 percent of the collared bighorn sheep in a separate Jackson sheep herd over the past year.Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 05:25
Sponsors of an effort to repeal a new state law say Wyoming's referendum process makes it too difficult to succeed in gaining access to the statewide ballot.
Jennifer Young, of Torrington, was among those who submitted petition signatures this week in hopes of forcing a statewide vote on Wyoming's new law redefining the state superintendent of public instruction's powers and duties.
Young says the state's referendum process is designed for such efforts to fail.
Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy Center in Casper says Wyoming is one of the most difficult states for an initiative or referendum to succeed.
State Republican Sen. Cale Case, of Lander, says Wyoming's process needs to be less restrictive but not too easy.
He suggested allowing online signature gathering that can be verified.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 05:06