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    Hudson wastewater reportedly emptied into Popo Agie River

    (Hudson, WY) – Local wastewater treatment lagoons in Hudson were reportedly “emptied into the Popo Agie River at some point Thursday or Friday (May 30/31),” according to a post shared on the Wind River Cares Population Health Facebook page on June 3.

    The post states that they “received information from the State of Wyoming” (from the Department of Environmental Quality) which indicated that “a disgruntled employee in Hudson opened local wastewater treatment lagoons that emptied into the Popo Agie River at some point Thursday or Friday.”

    County 10 has reached out to WDEQ, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Wind River Cares Population Health Facebook page for further context/verification, and we are currently awaiting their responses to confirm exact details, however the folks at Cowboy State Daily were able to get a reply from WDEQ agency spokeswoman Kimberly Mazza, who stated that the wastewater is “normally treated water,” and “not raw sewage water.”

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    “DEQ is reaching out to downstream water users now, and the EPA and Wyoming Homeland Security have both been notified,” the Wind River Cares post also shared, and Mazza reportedly told Cowboy State Daily that DEQ “plans to test popular beach areas at Boysen Reservoir later this month for E. coli and other possible contaminants “out of an abundance of caution.””

    The Wind River Cares post concludes by stating that, “Current priorities include making sure the Hudson water treatment lagoons are in working order,’ and that, “As EPA has regulatory primacy over drinking water, they likely will have the final say on recommended actions re cleanup etc…, though that may be difficult at this point due to dilution within the rivers.”

    County 10 also reached out to Hudson Mayor Sherry Oler to confirm the details and to determine if any charges have been filed against the “disgruntled employee,” but the Mayor stated that she “cannot respond as I don’t want to interfere with the ongoing investigation into the matter.”

    At this time the comments made in the Wind River Cares post and what Cowboy State Daily has reported have not been independently confirmed by County 10 through the appropriate agencies, but in the interest of public safety we have decided to share what is currently known, and will provide updates as they become available.

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