DEQ to hold air quality meeting in Pinedale July 30
by Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
July 23, 2008
On Wednesday, July 30, 2008, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be hosting a public meeting in Pinedale to discuss air quality. The meeting will be held at the Sublette County School District No. 1 Auditorium at 147 E. Hennick in Pinedale from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Pinedale has seen elevated ozone emissions – which the DEQ has linked in part to emissions from natural gas production in the nearby Jonah Field ¬– during January, February and March since monitoring began in 2005. It is the only spot in Wyoming to have any documented air quality problems, which included several ozone alerts this past winter.
Ozone, which is a good molecule high in the atmosphere where it provides a shield against solar radiation, is harmful when it exists in the lower atmosphere where it is a major component of smog and is harmful to breathe.
In March, the Environmental Protection Agency revised its air quality standards for ozone from the existing 84 parts per billion (ppb) to 75 ppb.
During the meeting, the DEQ will be updating the public on department efforts on dealing with air and water quality issues within the area. Also, DEQ Director John Corra and department staff will be on hand to hear questions and concerns from the public.
26: Sublette County Veterans’ Memorial dedication Pinedale's American Legion Park, 10:00 am. A Barbecue by the Pinedale Lions Club and sponsored by Fremont Peak VFW Post 4801 will follow at 11:00 am.