A study defined by 2013 House Enrolled Act 100 was commissioned to determine the feasibility for the state of Wyoming to become an agreement state under the Atomic Energy Act for licensing of source materials and their recovery, and standards for radiation protection. Agreement State status would allow the State of Wyoming regulatory authority over radioactive materials and could eliminate dual jurisdiction with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The feasibility study was prepared with an “eye” towards a “business plan” approach to ensure that the State is focused on the economic resources (both human and financial) to be devoted to an Agreement State process. In addition, the study provides appropriate insight as to the potential time and resource commitments required to become an Agreement State and to maintain and operate the program for as long as the State deems it appropriate to retain such regulatory authority. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in conjunction with the Attorney General’s office and the Governor’s office, managed the study and submitted a report of its findings to the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee in December 1, of 2013. The committee will review the report during the 2014 interim to decide if introducing a bill to the Legislature is warranted.
A completed feasibility study presented to the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee who will decide if it is in Wyoming’s best interest to pursue NRC Agreement State status, or pursue another alternative.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Governor's Office, Wyoming Attorney General, Thompson & Pugsley, PLLC, Wyoming Mining Association MA. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Wyoming Legislature, Uranium Industry Representatives Environmental Group representatives, and Citizens of Wyoming