(Riverton, Wyo.) – It appears that when Fremont County purchased the Wyoming National Guard Armory 11 years ago, which is currently part of the fairgrounds known the Fremont Center, remediation paperwork was not completed with all parties.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Jules Feck and Kristi Dobra brought the matter up with the Fremont County Commission on Tuesday. Feck said that due to the lead paint used in the building and the shooting range it contained while it was owned by the National Guard, remediation had to take place to protect future users of the facility. One of the requirements of the remedy agreement, she said, was that no one person could be in the building for more than eight hours a day.
The problem, Feck said, was that the DEQ did not have a copy of the remedy agreement signed by the county. Commission Chairman Doug Thompson said the county has a copy that they signed but that the DEQ had not.
“I can assure you this subject came up and was addressed,” Thompson said of remediation action. “Fremont County did what it was supposed to.”
Thompson said the county worked with the National Guard in 2002 at the time of the purchase to cap the contaminated areas so that usage restrictions could be minimized. Dobra said DEQ was not aware of any work done after 2001.
Commissioner Stephanie Kessler asked why these issues were coming up 11 years after the purchase when DEQ was supposed to check institutional controls every five years. The DEQ representatives said the matter had been overlooked.
Feck said they were pleased to hear that more work had been done, but she said DEQ would have to make sure it meets Housing and Urban Development standards.
All parties agreed to gather any documentation they had on the topic, as well as reach out to the National Guard, and reconvene at a later date.