Hotel at former refinery site would be OK

By: AP
By: AP

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — State environmental regulators are giving an OK to developers who want to build a hotel and convention center on a former refinery site in Casper.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality recently reviewed pollution data from the site of the former Amoco refinery. Matt Buchholz with DEQ says the state agency has concluded that the remaining pollution doesn't present an unacceptable health risk if the site were developed.

The Amoco refinery closed in the early 1990s. Cleanup of the square-mile site began in 2002 and plenty of work remains to be done.

Buchholz says hydrocarbon pollution at the water table still needs to be cleaned up but the development wouldn't interfere with that work.

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