Governor Freudenthal on EPA Regulations and Teton Appraisal

Governor Dave Freudenthal
Governor Dave Freudenthal

Governor Dave Freudenthal notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday that under current statute the State of Wyoming is unable to regulate Greenhouse Gas emissions and so cannot implement EPA’s Tailoring Rule.

In a letter to the Agency Governor Freudenthal said that, “The Wyoming Environmental Quality Act prevents the State of Wyoming from regulating greenhouse gasses.” He also said that  “Authority to do so would require legislative action to amend the statute and any discussion on that possibility would not occur until the 2011 legislative session, long after your January 2, 2011, deadline for the implementation of the Tailoring Rule.”

The current Tailoring Rule was triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a case concerning vehicle tailpipe emissions.

Also this week, Governor Freudenthal commented on the Department of the Interior's appraisal of Grand Teton National Park, which they valued at $107 million. He says the next step is for the State to look over the appraisal and for Wyoming to develop a proposal to begin negotiations.

Earlier this summer, Governor Freudenthal told the federal government that state land in Grand Teton National Park may have to be sold to private developers if a reasonable deal could not be reached. The park currently generates around $3,000 annually for the state from leasing it to cattle ranchers. He has asked the interior department to trade the park land for mineral royalties and said the his suggestion of selling the land was to “force the federal government to come to the table.”

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