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Aug 5, 2012 - The Associated Press

Mud plant plan opposed

CASPER -- Officials in Mills are asking Natrona County to reconsider its conditional approval of a drilling-mud recycling plant just outside the town's border.

Mayor Elsie Herbort sent a letter to county commissioners this week criticizing them for their decision. Leaders in the town are worried about road use, dangerous chemicals and smells from the plant.

The county posted signs and legal notices before voting on the Anchor Environmental project but didn't directly notify Mills, which eventually plans to build in the area at issue.

Natrona County commission chairman Ed Opella said he'll see if any members want to reconsider their decision. However, he pointed out that the final word on whether the plant is built will come from the state's Solid and Hazardous Waste Division.

Ferris fire gets bigger

CHEYENNE -- More firefighters are being sent to help fight a growing wildfire in Carbon County.

The Ferris Fire is located 30 miles northeast of Rawlins and is 47 percent contained.

The fire grew by about 800 acres in one day to more than 3,600 acres by Friday. Hot, dry and windy weather contributed to the run.

More experienced fire managers were scheduled to take over the fire on Sunday.

The wildfire was first reported on July 27. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire danger was high across much of southern and central Wyoming on Friday.

Senators push for AML funds

CHEYENNE -- A group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation seeking to restore hundreds of millions of dollars to Wyoming and other states that receive federal payments to restore abandoned mine lands.

The bill would repeal a provision in the recently passed federal transportation funding law that put a cap on how much abandoned mine land payments states can get.

The bill caps Wyoming at $15 million a year, down from about $150 million a year currently. Other states currently receive less than Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state.

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