Wyoming Governor says state law does not allow for regulation of greenhouse gases

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September 14, 2010

CHEYENNE, Wyoming: Last Thursday Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to inform them that under current state law, Wyoming cannot regulate greenhouse gases. The letter was issued in response to an announcement by the EPA that 13 states would need to toughen their rules regulating greenhouse gases by January 2, 2011 or the agency would regulate them instead.[1]

Even though Wyoming was not included in the list of 13 states, Freudenthal clearly stated his position to the federal agency, writing, "The Wyoming Environmental Quality Act prevents the State of Wyoming from regulating greenhouse gasses.” He went on to say that the legislature would be unable to consider changing the law until it convenes in 2011, long after the January 2 deadline.[2]

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