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EPA stays Wyo. tribal boundary decision

Posted: Monday, Feb 17th, 2014

PINEDALE – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Thursday it would stay its decision to grant the Wind River Indian Reservation’s treatment as a state (TAS) status and let the issue be settled by the courts.

While the decision was lauded by the Wyoming State Legislature, it didn’t prevent Gov. Matt Mead from filing an appeal in the 10th Circuit Court the following day.

In a letter to Mead and the Shoshone and Northern Arapaho business councils, EPA Regional Administrator Shaun McGrath said the decision to stay the TAS status came after Wyoming and the two tribes requested that action from the federal agency. Wyoming’s request for the EPA to reconsider its TAS decision “remains pending,” the letter stated.

“EPA is staying the tribes’ implementation of Clean Air Act planning and monitoring activities in areas challenged by the State of Wyoming and looks forward to the orderly resolution of the Wind River Reservation boundaries in the courts,” McGrath said in a press release.

For the complete article see the 02-18-2014 issue.

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