The Land Quality Division (LQD) regulates blasting in surface coal mining in Wyoming, and has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wyoming Mine Inspector for all other mining operations in the state.
The LQD’s regulatory duties include issuing Blaster Certifications, review of shot reports for compliance and investigation and enforcement of blasting related concerns or complaints.
Please see LQD Coal Chapter 2: Permit Application Requirements and LQD Coal Chapter 6: Blasting for Surface Coal Mining Operations for additional information on regulation for surface coal mines. The two chapters may be downloaded at: https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=4. In the search fields scroll to enter "Environmental Quality, Department of" in the Agency Name field, "Land Quality - Coal" in the Program field and enter "2" or "6" in the Chapter field. For additional guidance and interpretation of the blasting rules and regulations see Standard Operating Procedure No. 6.2: Blasting Regulations, Chapters 2 and 6 of the LQD Coal Rules and Regulations.
The LQD issues Blaster Certification through qualifications based on experience and examination, renewals and reciprocity from other states.
The LQD schedules three-day Blaster Certification Training classes throughout the state during the calendar year. Below is a list of upcoming training courses. Contact the Blasting Program Manager, Reo Barney, for additional information.
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Wyoming DEQ-LQD has hosted a series of Webinars that were previously recorded and can be used for up to sixteen (16) Blaster Continuing Education Hours (BCEH). There is no charge for the Webinars and are available to blasters outside of Wyoming.
How the Webinar process works:
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Step 1: Watch previously recorded Webinar(s) on the Wyoming DEQ Blasting Training YouTube Channel. A description of the Webinars is available at Wyoming DEQ BCEH Webinar Description.
Step 2: Complete the Wyoming DEQ Webinar Affidavit of Attendance. Multiple blasters and multiple Webinars can be placed on the same Affidavit of Attendance. Please indicate if a Blaster needs a Certification of Completion (not required for Wyoming Blasters).
Step 3: Return the Affidavit of Attendance to Reo Barney (Wyoming Blasting Program Manager) at email@example.com or contact by phone at (307) 675-5612 if there are any further questions. Please visit the Wyoming DEQ-LQD Blasting Webpage for additional information.
Recorded Webinars are available on the Wyoming DEQ Blasting Training YouTube Channel: