Wyoming’s State of the Environment Report released Monday
Written by jordanmckamey on April 24, 2019
In recognition of Earth Day, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released Wyoming’s State of the Environment Report for 2018.
Todd Parfitt, DEQ Director stated in the release, quote, “From improving our air quality monitors, reclaiming historic abandoned mines, achieving high compliance rates by the regulated community, and improving our ground and surface water throughout the state, DEQ continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship and protection.” End quote.
Some key achievements and statistics in the report include:
Since 2008, air pollution from major industrial facilities has been reduced by over 50,000 tons, equivalent to the pollution from 5.4 million passenger cars in a year, 25,000+ acres of abandoned mines have been reclaimed since 1977. As of December 2018, 1,290 contaminated storage tank sites have been cleaned up, and since 1999, more than 187 miles of streams and river segments have been restored through voluntary and incentive-based programs to protect and restore the quality of Wyoming’s surface waters.
According to Parfitt, this report will be developed every year and released on Earth Day.