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Bill to ban disposal of wind turbine blades in Wyoming landfills dies in the Senate

Wind turbine blades at the landfill in Casper in 2019. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — House Bill 217 aimed to ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in Wyoming landfills.

The Senate had been tentatively scheduled to consider the bill on Monday, March 9. However, the Senate adjourned the day without taking up the bill on first reading.

The Wyoming Legislative Service Office says that that Senate will not consider bills on first reading during the rest of the 2020 budget session, meaning that the bill will not move forward this year.

The House of Representatives had passed the bill on third reading on a vote of 38-21 on Feb. 26.

While the proposed legislation would have banned the disposal of blades in landfills, it proposed allowing them to be discarded at facilities which reuse, recycle, break down or repurpose the blades.

Members of the Casper City Council have criticized the legislation, noting that the Casper Regional Landfill has been accepting blades for disposal which is generating revenue for the city.


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