Wyoming Environmental Quality Council

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Wyoming Environmental Quality Council

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will consider proposed revisions to Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) Water Quality Division (WQD) Water Quality Rules and Regulations at a public hearing to be held on December 5, 2017 at the Herschler Building, Room 1699, 122 W 25th St, Cheyenne, Wyoming, commencing at 1:00 p.m. (MST).


The WQD, pursuant to the authority vested in it by the Environmental Quality Act, Wyoming Statute (W.S.) § 35-11-302, proposes to revise Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Chapter 14, Financial Assurance, by removing the financial assurance exemption for “grandfathered” facilities (i.e. permitted prior to February 24, 1989) and  to require financial assurance of all ”grandfathered” facilities; by correcting cross-reference errors, formatting inconsistencies, capitalization errors, grammar errors, paragraph numbering errors; and by removing duplicative sections. The revised rules meet minimum substantive state statutory requirements in accordance with W.S. § 16-3-103(a)(i)(G). The Department has evaluated the revised rules in accordance with W.S. § 9-5-304, and interested persons may inspect a copy of that evaluation and the proposed rule package at the following address: Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, Financial Center, 2nd Floor, 200 W. 17th  Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Electronic copies are available at the EQC website identified below. Questions and requests for copies of the proposed rules may be directed to Rich Cripe, Water Quality Division, at (307) 777-7075 (phone), (307) 635-1784 (fax), or rich.cripe@wyo.gov (email).


The EQC will consider the proposed rules, written and electronically filed comments, and WDEQ’s Analysis of Comments, along with any modifications proposed by the WDEQ to the draft rules. At the public hearing, statements that focus on previously received comments, the WDEQ’s Analysis of Comments, and issues raised by the analysis will be accepted. The EQC will determine if the record will remain open beyond the close of the scheduled hearing. The EQC may, however close the record and make a final decision regarding the rules at the conclusion of the hearing. 


Comments on the proposed revisions may be submitted beginning October 2, 2017 and ending at 5:00 p.m. (MST) on November 17, 2017. Written comments should be sent to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th St, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82002 or faxed to (307) 635-1784. Electronic comments may only be submitted through and accepted by the WDEQ comment portal provided at: http://wq.wyomingdeq.commentinput.com/. The WDEQ will file an Analysis of Comments with the EQC prior to the December 5, 2017 public hearing. The proposed rules, comments submitted, and the response to comments will be posted on the Council’s website at: https://eqc.wyo.gov/Public/Dockets.aspx under Docket #17-3101. 


Any persons wishing to use a digital presentation during their testimony before the EQC must provide a digital copy to the EQC no less than three (3) days prior to the hearing unless they contact the EQC and request an extension for good cause. Failure to submit a timely digital copy will result in the person not being allowed to use the presentation during their testimony.


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