Environmental Quality Council Hearing: Water Quality Rules and Regulations Chapter 12

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental Quality Council

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will consider proposed revisions to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) Water Quality Rules and Regulations at a public hearing to be held on May 20, 2020 at 200 W 24th Street, Capitol Extension, Public Meeting Room 4, Cheyenne WY, 82002, commencing at 9:00 a.m. (MST).

The WQD, pursuant to the authority vested in it by Wyoming Statute (W.S.) § 35-11-302, proposes to revise Water Quality Rules and Regulations Chapter 12, Design and Construction Standards for Public Water Supplies. The proposed revisions include new paragraphs that require public water supplies that propose acidization to submit plans that describe existing wells in the proposed area, mitigation plans, local geology, and placement and integrity of the annular seal and casing of the well so that the WDEQ Water Quality Division may ensure the acidization activities do not negatively impact underground sources of drinking water that are in the vicinity of the proposed activities. The proposed changes also correct formatting inconsistencies, capitalization errors, and redundancies. The revised rules meet minimum substantive state statutory requirements in accordance with W.S. § 16-3-103(a)(i)(G). WDEQ 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, 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) 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 March 24, 2020 and ending at 5:00 p.m. (MST) on May 8, 2020. 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 May 20, 2020 public hearing. The proposed rules, comments submitted, and the analysis of comments will be posted on the Council’s website at https://eqc.wyo.gov/Public/Dockets.aspx under Docket #20-3101.

Any person 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 may 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.