Wyoming DEQ announces open public comment period on coal combustion residual disposal

    Wyoming DEQ Public Information Supervisor Keith Guille shares, Wyoming state does not have oversight of coal ash being stored at power plants. Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal at the power plant and is usually stored onsite at the power plant in a pond.

    Guille said this proposal is “Wyoming incorporating the Federal rules and regulations.” Guille notes this does not directly affect Fremont County since there are no power plants within the county.

    DEQ shares the following public notice:


    Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Solid and Hazardous Waste Division (DEQ) is holding a 30-day public comment period for the proposed Solid Waste Rules and Regulation, Chapter 18, Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals in Landfills and Surface Impoundments. The proposal for Chapter 18 includes incorporation by reference of 40 CFR Part 257, Subpart D; Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities. The Department will accept written and electronic comments until 5:00 p.m. (MST) on August 30, 2019.

    An electronic copy of this notice and additional information is located here.

    Electronic comments regarding the Solid Waste Rules and Regulations may be submitted online here. Written comments regarding the proposed Solid Waste Rules and Regulations may be directed to Jody Weikart at 200 W 17th Street, Suite 200, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002 or faxed to (307) 635-1784.

    Comments will receive consideration by the Water and Waste Advisory Board at their third quarter 2019 meeting at a date and location that has yet to be determined. That meeting will be public noticed at least 30 days in advance and the public notice will include information on how to access the agency’s response to comments and the draft rule to be considered by the Board.


    In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternative formats will be available upon request for individuals with disabilities.


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