DEQ sets Doyle Pit hearing for Jan. 25


SUBLETTE COUNTY – Due to bad weather, the state’s December postponed public hearing in Pinedale will now take place onJan. 25 for the county’s Road & Bridge proposal to develop the Doyle Pit for gravel and sand, as well as install an asphalt hot-mix plant.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations, a public hearing relative to the requested issuance of an air quality permit for the proposed construction will be held in person at 6 p.m., Wednesday,
Jan. 25, 2023, in the Sublette County Library, Lovatt Room, located at 155 S. Tyler Ave., Pinedale, in Sublette County, Wyoming. All comments received by Jan. 25, 2023 will be considered by the Air Quality Division.”

The county plans to develop its unused, permitted 40-acre Doyle property and expand it across another 25.4 acres for a total of 65.44 acres of working gravel mine. It plans to mine, crush and store sand and gravel, stockpile and haul materials and install a new hot-mix asphalt plant – all allowed under the state rules for agriculture-zoned land.

Many have spoken against the entire project, which some commissioners – and the AQD – say can control airborne dust and grit with water or a “mag” mix. It would be “screened” from view of motorists on Highway 191 but not from residents along the highway and its intersection with Pole Creek Road.

A public hearing was scheduled after AQD Administrator Nancy Vehr received requests for the hearing. Many citizens oppose Sublette County Road & Bridge’s plan to operate the mine and plant just south of Pinedale at the intersection of Highway 191 and Pole Creek Road. The county application notes 50 residences are within a mile.

The delayed public hearing does not affect the AQD’s timeline for a decision, according to DEQ’s Andrew Keyfauver.

The purpose of the hearing is to gather information concerning the emissions of air pollutants into the atmosphere and the impact of such pollutants on the ambient air quality,” it says. “The scope of the hearing will be limited to such issues in order for the (DEQ) to determine whether or not the applicable Air Quality Standards and Regulations will be violated as a result of the construction of the facility.”

To review Sublette County’s application and the DEQ’s anticipated approval, go to https://openair.wyo.gov, using facility ID F022445 and permit number P0035701 under “Permits.”

For the duration of the public comment period, the public notice is available for public inspection at the Sublette County Clerk’s Office in Pinedale.

The public comment period remains open through the Jan. 25 public hearing. Comments can be submitted in writing; no emailed comments will be accepted. Mail to Nancy E. Vehr, Administrator, Division of Air Quality, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 West 17th St., Cheyenne, WY 82002. Faxes can be sent to 307-635-1784. Comments should reference “A0013996.”

Comments can also be submitted electronically through the AQD’s website: http://aq.wyomingdeq.commentinput.com.