Proposed Rules & Regulations

This page contains information regarding proposed Rules and Regulations that are currently under development within the Land Quality Division. 

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Environmental Quality Council Hearings and Meetings

     Notice of EQC Hearing and Additional Comment Period

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will consider new rules for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Land Quality Division's (LQD) Uranium Recovery Program which are intended to allow the LQD authority to assume regulatory authority over source material involved in the extraction and concentration of uranium and thorium milling and the managment and disposal of byproduct material as defined in 11e.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, at a public hearing to be held on August 2, 2017 in Room 1699, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th St., Cheyenne, WY, commencing at 9:00 a.m. (MST).  The LQD is proposing ten (10) new chapters of regulations for the Uranium Recovery Program.  Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted beginning June 6, 2017 and ending at 5:00 p.m. (MST) on July 21, 2017.  Written comments should be sent to the Wyoming DEQ, LQD, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY 82002 or faxed to (307) 635-1784.  Electronic comments may only be submitted through and accepted by the DEQ comment portal provided at: http://lq.wyomingdeq.commentinput.com.  The LQD is seeking additional comments on the revisions proposed to the rules based on comments received prior to the May 24, 2017 EQC Hearing.  The proposed revisions are contained in the Analysis of Comments file below.  

The Environmental Quality Council held a hearing on March 2, 2016 to discuss proposed revisions to Chapter 14 (Exploration for Coal by Drilling) Land Quality Division's Coal Rules and Regulations.  The proposed revisions are intended to clarify plugging and sealing requirements for drill holes, provide consistency between other state agencies, clarify bond calculation requiremens and codify best management practices and standards.  The EQC voted to adopt the rules at the hearing.  Below is a copy of the proposed rules in Strike and Underline format to show the changes from the current Chapter 14.  Please note that these rules will not become final until they are filed with the Secretary of State and approved by the Office of Surface Mining.  


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