Proposed Rules & Regulations
This page contains information regarding proposed Rules and Regulations that are currently under development within the Land Quality Division.
Land Quality Advisory Board Meetings
Notice of Advisory Board Public Meeting
The Land Quality Division (LQD), will hold an Advisory Board meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m., on December 6, 2017. Interested parties may attend the meeting at the following locations: 200 W. 17th St., Room 211, Cheyenne, WY; or the Presentation Hall, Room 120, Main Campus Building, Gillette College, 300 W. Sinclair, Gillette, WY. The major items of discussion will be: 1) Proposed revisions to the LQD's in situ mining regulations contained in Noncoal Chapter 11; 2) Primer and presentation of initial draft of regulations regarding financial assurances for reclamation liability for mining operations; and 3) the DEQ will request that the LQD AB consider proposed revisions to DEQ's Rules of Practice and Procedure, Chapter 1, General Rules. The proposed revisions to Chapter 1 incorporate by reference the WY Department of Administration and Information, Director's Office, Chapter 2, Uniform Procedures, Fees, Costs and Charges for Inspection, Copying and Producing Public Records, as required by W.S. 16-3-103(j)(ii).
Further information regarding the meeting is posted below in the files labelled with "Advisory Board" including the public notice which details how interested parties may provide comments on the proposed rules. The files posted below are further organized by the topic to which they pertain.
Environmental Quality Council (EQC) Hearings and Meetings
The EQC considered and approved 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 held on August 2, 2017. The approved rules were forwarded to the Governor for review and approval and were filed with the WY Secretary of State on September 8, 2017. The final rule package as submitted to the Governor is located below in the file labelled with "Uranium Recovery".
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.