In recognition of Earth Day, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released Wyoming’s State of the Environment Report.
The report highlights DEQ’s ongoing achievements in the areas of air, land, waste, and water, including:
- Since 2008, air pollution from major industrial facilities has been reduced by more than 50,000 tons (equivalent to the pollution from 5.4 million passenger cars in a year)
- 25,000+ acres of abandoned mines have been reclaimed since 1977
- As of December 2018, 1,290 contaminated storage tank sites have been cleaned up and
- Since 1999, more than 187 miles of streams and river segments have been restored through voluntary and incentive-based programs to protect Wyoming’s surface waters.
“From improving our air quality monitors, reclaiming historic abandoned mines, achieving high compliance rates by the regulated community, and improving our ground and surface water throughout the state, DEQ continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship and protection,” said DEQ Director Todd Parfitt, who serves as ECOS Past President