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Commissioners Comments

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11th, 2013

WHEATLAND - Well, summer is about over, and I donít have any idea where it went. We had just enough moisture this spring and summer to keep most of us that are in agriculture in business. We were able to grow some grass, but due to the dry weather and heat, the fire danger is high.† Please be careful. We have had a few local fires and more regionwide. You have probably noticed the haze in the air from the smoke.

I recently testified before an EPA committee on the subject of regional haze. Regional haze, by the EPAís definition, is haze that obscures the view of wilderness areas and mountain ranges in the Western United States. It doesnít have anything to do with air quality it only deals with visibility. The EPA has required that each state has a plan to reduce the amount of haze in the next 25 years. As everybody knows, regional haze is not a big problem in Wyoming because of our world famous wind. We have the cleanest air in the U.S., according to the EPAís own findings, but Wyoming has complied and submitted our plan to the EPA. They have rejected our plan in favor of one of their own. I testified on behalf of all Wyoming counties.

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