The nuclear power industry, and the fuels that it relies on, have huge potential in Wyoming. Integral to harnessing the potential is streamlining of significant oversight processes required for this resource. This initiative, specific to the in situ and surface mine uranium industry, is intended to develop a reporting and permit maintenance “roadmap” of reporting activities that must be completed after a permit to operate has been issued, to determine the monthly, quarterly, annual, or otherwise required data report from industry to Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Land Quality Division (DEQ/LQD), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state or federal entities. Associated with this initiative is completion of the NRC Agreement State Feasibility Study (reference Wyoming Energy Strategy Initiative 4H - Agreement Status to Give Wyoming Regulatory Authority over Radioactive Materials). Upon completion of the Feasibility Study, and further direction from the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee, the scope and and milestones associated with this Initiative 5D will be further developed.
Within this roadmap, inefficiencies would be identified to determine what is required to be reported to DEQ/LQD versus required reporting to other regulatory authorities. With the roadmap identification of duplicative reporting, the ability for operators to streamline reporting requirements would occur.
Department of Environmental Quality – Land Quality Division
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, and the Wyoming Mining Association