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Page 4 - Thursday, June 24, 2010 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance Times Sundance FFA members attend Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp Kellen Wilson and Reed Moore from the Sundance FFA chapter recently attended the 28 th annual State FFA Leader- ship Camp. This year's camp consists of two sessions; held at the Fremont County Youth Camp in Lander, June 16-19 and June 22-26. The theme of this year's camp is "Operation Lead." Members who attend not only grow through leadership training, workshops, and group activities, but also as indi- vidual leaders. Members join together to take part in the leadership camp, uniting youth from a majority of chapters in the state. The camp directors are Toby Lynde, Dan Cannon, Eric Green, and Court Schilt. Along with the directors additional counselors, including past and present State Officers, help to conduct the variety of workshops and activities that take place. Members not only get the chance to enjoy the camp activities, but also have the opportunity to learn skills that better themselves and the people around them. They also have a chance to get to know each other and the new State Officers on an individual level. During the week there area workshops covering topics such as public speaking, self-esteem, motivation, goal setting, accountability, and cooperation. Members learn about themselves, their peers, and share in- novative ways to become more involved in their local chapters, schools, and communities. The Wyoming FFA is helping provide strong leaders, lifetime friendships, and a memorable camp experience through each person's individual efforts. The Wyoming FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. PLEASE RE-ELECT JOHN A. MOLINE JR. for Crook County Commissioner I00est00nunn of Western TIMES Texas Meatloa! Submitted by Margaret EIIsbury i Texas Meatloaf 2 Ibs. ground beef 3A cup oatmeal (;up chopped onion 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce tsp. pepper 1 egg cup catsup 2 Tbsp. milk 1 tsp. salt Combine all ingredients. Place in glass baking dish. Cook in ieowave 20 minutes or unlJl done, draining liquid occasionally. stand five minutes before sewing. Crook County CattleWomen Recipes ,o= _ . ! Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission Members preaent: Jeanne Whalen, Chairman, Nels J. Smith, Vice-Chairman, Ross C. Hawkins, Jan H. Lienemann, Robert W. Olver Visitors: Commissioner Chairman John A. Moline, Jr., Joe Baron, County and Prosecuting Attorney, James A. Miller, In- dustrial Siting Council, Dennis R. McGirr Staff: Tim Lyons, Administrator, Fred M. Duncan Chairman Whalen called the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission to order at 7 p.m., welcomed Commis- sioner Chairman John Moline, Jr., James A. Miller and new appointee Dennis R. McGirr to the June meeting and called for a motion on the agenda. Adopt the Agenda: Mr. Lienemann moved that the proposed agenda before the members be adopted as the agenda for the 7 June 2010 Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Com- mission regularly scheduled monthly meeting; Mr. Hawkins seconded the motion and the motion carried. Amend the Agenda: Chairman Whalen requested the agenda be amended to include the MET tower newspaper clipping she had provided the Growth & Development office. Mr. Lyons asked the agenda be amended to allow him to make an administrative announcement regarding mileage reimburse- ments. Mr. Hawkins moved the agenda be so amended and adopted as the agenda for the 7 June 2010 Crook County Land Use Plan- ning & Zoning Commission meeting. Mr. Lienemann seconded the motion and the motion carried. Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Hawkins moved that the min- utes of 10 May 2010 be approved as presented; Mr. Lienemann seconded the motion and the motion carried. New Business: chairman Whalen turned the floor over to Mr. Miller, member of Wyoming's Industrial Siting Council, for his presentation on wind energy facilities. Mr. Miller provided the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission mem- bers his thoughts and feelings based on his experiences as a member of the Industrial Siting Council. As background information Mr. Miller pointed out: the life of a "wind tower" is 30 years with good maintenance and rehabilitation; towers and blades are made of compos- ite materials; state of the art will make today's installation obsolete far sooner than the 30 year life expectancy; there is little of salvageable value in a wind energy facility at the end of 30 years; accelerated depreciation results in NO long term tax benefits to a county; wind energy facilities are a secondary source of electricity and as such they do not generate a 24 hour cash flow; wind energy facilities are connected to a power grid, which may result in large capacity power lines extending from the wind energy facility substation to a power grid; and Landowners, depending on the agreement they enter into, can experience attractive benefits from wind energy facilities. Mr. Miller stated cautions that should be observed when deal- ing with wind energy facilities including: The entity entering into an agreement with awind energy facil- ity organization should have protection in case its project is abandoned during construction or after construction but be- fore the life expectancy of the wind energy facility expires; an entity entering into an agreement with a wind energy fa- cility organization should have some type of "performance" bond from day one; PROTECT THE BLACK HILLS; .................... do no,t rein.vent the wheel, counties in WyOming have devel- oped regulations which do protect counties; and governmental entities must have regulations in place before_ someone decides to put a wind energy facility in a govern- mental entities jurisdiction; if regulations are adopted and enforced a governmental entity cannot protect the health, safety and welfare of its constituents. Mr. Miller invited the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission members to the Industrial Siting Council meeting 13 July in Wright (Wright Hotel, 350 Reata Road, 8:30 a.m.) for the TPW Reno Junction, LLC hearing (100 turbines to generate 150 megawatts of electricity). Other Business: chairman Whalen asked Mr. Baron if Crook County had stated any plans are for the Black Hills National Forest Travel management Plan, Mr. Baron stated he had not received any communications from Crook County in this regard. The Crook County land Use Planning & Zoning Commission did not take any further action regarding the Travel Management Plan. Mr. Lyons informed the members of the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission the county would not pay mile- age in 2010 for travel to the monthly meetings. All 2009/2010 mileage reimbursements vouchers must be submitted to the Growth & Development office no later than 24 June 2010. Board of County Commissioners Meeting Report: Chairman Whalen summarized Steve Kozel's announcement that firewood in the tornado area is free for the next three months and the exploration for rare earth minerals the Bear lodge Mountains will be undertaken by Rare Element Resources Ltd. Chairman Whalen adjourned the meeting at 9:17 p.m. by ac- clamation. Mr. Smith requested the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission meet in Executive session, members Whalen, Smith and Olver attended the executive session. Chairman Whalen resumed the Comprehensive Planning ses- sion at 9:40 p.m. Chairman Whalen explaining the workings and projects the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission was involved in to Messr. McGirr and Olver. Chairman Whalen adjourned the meeting at 9:50 p.m. Next Meeting: 12 July 2010, 7 p.m., Jury Room (reserved), Crook County Courthouse, Sundance, Wyoming. Your website address is: www.crookcounty.wy.gov Submitted by Timothy R. Lyons, Growth g Development Administrator I [ I Uranium roundtable Q & A Editor's note: The following is the first In a multi- part series of questions and answers provided by members of the expert panel recently held in Sundance. The questions presented were asked by members of the audience following the discussion but were not answered during the roundtable due to time constraints. The following questions were directed to Stephen J. Cohen, Team Leader - New Facility Licensing, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. QUESTION: Are the uranium companies "required" to send a letter of intent to apply, or is that just something that is expected, as a courtesy to the NRC? ANSWER: We have no requirement to send in a letter of intent; however, we regularly request them, as well as updates, to help prepare our budget estimates. Without letters of intent, we cannot estimate the number of ap- plications we will receive in any given period of time. QUESTION: It seems that all the ISL applications are eventually approved. Has the NRC ever denied an appli- cation for an ISL site? ANSWER: I do not know of any denied ISL applications. However, to approve an application, the NRC staff con- ducts detailed reviews before the agency reaches a deci- sion. If an application leaves open questions on whether the NRC's requirements can be met, the agency issues requests for additional information. Furthermore, the staff performs its own computations and in some cases develops models to review applications. According to our regulations, the staff must either is- sue the license or reject it. If the staff approves a license it will most likely include conditions which, in addition to our regulations, are enforced to protect public health and safety. If, in the end, a proposed project does not meet our regulations, the staff wiU not issue the license. An example of a license condition can be found in the Hydro Resources, Inc. license, where the staff added a condition that the company cannot extract uranium from a certain portion of the site until water supply wells are relocated. These types of conditions are used to prevent contamination of any water supply well. QUESTION: Has the NRC ever approved an ISL site where there are so many residents with domestic and stock wells close by? ANSWER: In the case of Crow Butte Resources, Craw- ford, Nebraska, multiple stock and supply wells are located outside the site, with at least one domestic well located within 1 mile of an active wellfield. For this facil- ity, any well within 1 mile of an active wellfield is sampled monthly to ensure that water supplies are not being af- fected. To date, no water supply well has been affected by an NRC-licensed ISR, as indicated in the staff's report to the Commission (see attached). QUESTION: Our well is only three miles from a proposed ISL site, and it is in the aquifer that they will be leaching. We have tested our water, and for all parameters that we are concerned about, we are well below the safe levels for drinking water. Will that company be able to exempt the aquifer when it is in drinking water and that close to us? (Other residents are as close as 1/4 mile) ANSWER: This question is best sent to Don McKenzie, Wyoming DEQ, because they review the aquifer exemp- tion applications and pass them on to the U.S. EPA for approval. Ultimately, the U.S. EPA approves the aquifer exemptions. One important piece of information to re- member is that the water quality in the ore zone is quite different from water outside the ore zone. As a matter of fact, the water quality can change fairly rapidly a short distance away from the ore zone. Attached are some ex- amples of water quality in ore zones from the Powder River Basin. As you can see, radionuclide concentrations will exceed drinking water standards. Radon, while not usu- ally analyzed, would also be quite high, as demonstrated by one of the data sheets I'm sending to you (HRI). QUESTION: On a personal note, how would you feel if your family and your well were within three miles of an ISL site, at the depth they were leaching? ANSWER: Since the NRC has not received an application for any proposed ISR facility in Crook County, we don't have enough information to answer this question. Enzi encourages rancher review of new regs The USDA is publishing proposed rules in the Federal Reg- ister tomorrow that are designed to give small, independent ranchers a place to hang their hat when they have a grievance against a large meat packing operation. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who authored legislation with similar goals and pushed for the livestock title of the 2008 Farm bill which required the USDA to issue these new regulations, said Wyoming ranchers should take the time to review the new regulations. "The Wyoming ag community has told me the deck is stacked against them. I've listened. The big outfits have been gaming the system. IYe written legislation addressing many of the problems, but these new rules could also have a positive ef- fect. It's up to our livestock producers to judge for themselves and tell the USDA what kind of job they think theyce done," Enzi said. The new rules would address about 10 separate areas in- cluding limiting exclusive arrangements between packers and dealers, making sample contracts available on the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) website, outlining protections so that producers can remedy a breach of contract and clarifying what producers need to prove if they think their operation has been harmed. The proposed rule will be published in the June 22 Federal Register. Comments must be received by August 23 in order to be considered. Comments may be sent via email to com- ments.gipsa@usda.gov . They may be mailed to Tess Butler, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 1643-S, Washington, D.C. 20250-3604. Copies of the proposed rule and additional information can be found at: http://www.gipsa. usda.gov by clicking on Federal Register.