DEQ to recognize Asbestos Awareness

By Kimberly Mazza The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be recognizing Asbestos Awareness from April 1-7, 2023 to help the public better understand what asbestos is, where it comes from, what building materials might contain it and how to dispose of it. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that was mined […]

DEQ adds mobile air quality monitor in Laramie County

By Kimberly Mazza Cheyenne, Wyo – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Air Quality Division has begun operating a mobile ambient monitoring station in Laramie County, Wyoming.   The mobile monitoring station began operations on February 1, 2023, and will be in place for approximately one year. The mobile monitoring station includes gaseous monitors (NOx, SO2, […]

DEQ to recognize Asbestos Awareness

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be recognizing Asbestos Awareness from April 1-7, 2022 to help the public better understand what asbestos is, where it comes from, what building materials might contain it and how to dispose of it. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that was mined all over the […]

WDEQ meets new, lower sulfur dioxide standard

Photo credit: Genesis Alkali By Kristine Galloway CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s air continues a decades-long trend of low levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2). SO2 is a pollutant that can be a bi-product of combustion with fuels that contain sulfur, such as coal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as possibly hazardous to people’s health. […]

DEQ continues to lead the way in finding and reducing emissions at oil and gas facilities

In May of 2020, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Air Quality Division (AQD) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report for the first phase of a study to better quantify performance of enclosed combustion devices (ECD’s), also known as or enclosed flares, at oil and gas facilities. ECD’s or enclosed […]

DEQ reminds Wyoming residents to call before they plan on burning materials

Every spring and summer, residents across the state may consider burning materials at their residence or property. In addition, some large scale vegetative burns are conducted to promote healthy forests and rangelands. However, there are specific requirements and regulations, which must be followed prior to such activities. According to Nancy Vehr, Air Quality Division (AQD) […]

2021 Winter Ozone Season concludes

PINEDALE – The 2021 Winter Ozone Season in the Upper Green River Basin (UGRB) concluded March 31 after another year of collaborative partnership in planning and implementing strategies to address the potential formation of winter ozone. Ground-level ozone is a harmful air pollutant that forms when precursor pollution emissions react chemically in the sunlight. Winter […]

WDEQ grants benefit Wyoming breweries and distilleries

By Kristine Galloway CHEYENNE – People in Wyoming appreciate well-crafted beer and spirits, especially if they’re made locally. Supporting neighbors and small businesses is part of the Wyoming way of life. This year, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) is using grant money to support Wyoming’s locally-owned breweries and distilleries. Brian Hall, WDEQ’s outreach […]

Pollution emissions continued to decrease in 2020

By Kristine Galloway CHEYENNE – Efforts to reduce air pollution in Wyoming are continuing strong this year on the heels of multiple successes in 2020. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) worked with new and returning partners throughout the year to continue efforts to replace higher-emission diesel vehicles with new ones that are more […]