Proposed Rules and Regulations

The Air Quality Advisory Board, Land Quality Advisory Board, and Water and Waste Advisory Board will meet in a joint session on June 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming. In joint session, the boards will receive a proposed rule package from the Department of Environmental Quality (Department). The public is invited to attend and provide oral comment on the proposed rules presented to the boards for their consideration. The Department is proposing revisions to Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Department is also proposing to repeal Chapter 4 in its entirety and to repeal Chapter 6 and replace it with a new Chapter 9.

The proposed revisions adopt as much as practicable of the uniform contested case rules developed by Wyoming Office of Administrative Hearings in accordance with W.S. 16-3-102. The proposed revisions also update and clarify requirements applicable to rulemaking, petitions for award of costs and expenses under W.S. 35-11-437(f), director review involving surface coal mining operations, hearings before the department, and very rare or uncommon areas. The Department will request that the advisory boards consider the proposed revisions and make a recommendation of adoption to the Environmental Quality Council. Written comments regarding the proposed changes to the Rules of Practice and Procedure may be directed to Director Todd Parfitt, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W 17th Street, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002 or faxed to (307) 635-1784.

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (MST) on June 16, 2016. Electronic comments may only be submitted through the Department’s comment portal provided at: http://deq.wyoming.gov/wqd/resources/public-comments-online/. Emailed comments will not be included in the administrative record. Oral comments may be submitted at the hearing. The proposed rules, submitted comments, responses to comments, and any additional presentation materials will be available at the electronic location prior to June 29, 2016. Individuals with questions regarding the meeting, or seeking to request a hard copy of any of the materials, may contact Gina Thompson at (307) 777-7343. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternative formats will be made available upon request for individuals with disabilities.


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