Just in time to celebrate Earth Day, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released the state’s 2018 Environment Report Monday, April 22.
“Earth Day is a perfect time to release this document and show how far we have all come within the state to better protect our natural resources,” said DEQ Director Todd Parfitt. “Even with the tremendous work of DEQ staff, state and local parties, the regulated communities, and our many stakeholders, there are still many areas where we can improve.”
According to the report, since 2008, air pollution from major industrial facilities throughout the state has been reduced by 50,000 tons. That’s equivalent to the pollution from 5.4 million passenger cars. As of December 2018, more than 1,200 contaminated storage tank sites have been cleaned up.
The report also notes that since 1977, over 25,000 acres of abandoned mines have been reclaimed.
The report, which can be viewed in its entirety here, begins with a message from Gov. Mark Gordon.
“While on the Environmental Quality Council, I saw firsthand the challenges that come with protecting the resources we all depend upon while encouraging a robust economy. We are blessed that Wyoming has exceptional natural resources and a strong economy, and we cherish both,” Gordon said in the statement.
Parfitt said the DEQ will continue to be a leader in environmental stewardship and protection in Wyoming. The agency plans to release the yearly report on Earth Day moving forward.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and is now celebrated in nearly 200 countries worldwide.