epa-logoBy Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Pavillion, Wyo.) – The Environmental Protection Agency announced today an extension to the public comment period for the external review of its draft research report, “investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion, Wyo.” according to a notice published today in the Federal Register. The public comment period began December 14, 2012 and is now extended to September 30, 2013.

The draft research report was prepared by the National Risk Management Research Laboratory, within the EPA Office of Research and Development, and EPA Region 8 in Denver.

According to today’s posting in the Federal Register, the draft research report is not a final version, and, during the extended comment period, the EPA will post additional technical information on the web. This will include additional details on how the study was conducted, recent information from Phase V sampling, and responses to issues commonly raised by stakeholders.

The EPA launched the study on local resident concerns of contamination of water wells, “based on resident complaints about smells, taste, and adverse changes in water quality of their domestic wells.” The purpose of the current study, according to the EPA, “is to better understand the basic ground water hydrology and how the constituents of concern may be occurring in the aquifer.”

The draft report can be found here.