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ILLEGAL Littering and Dumping breeds diseases, hurts HUMANS, WILDLIFE.
800+ Americans DIE from debris-litter vehicle crashes each year.
2014 #1 WORST: South Carolina, followed by Nevada, IN, GA, KY, WYOMING, SD, LA, MI, NM, OK.

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Litter breeds diseases, hurts HUMANS, WILDLIFE.

800+ Americans DIE from debris-litter vehicle crashes each year.

2014 #1 WORST: South Carolina, followed by Nevada, IN, GA, KY,

WYOMING, SD, LA, MI, NM, OK.

 



2014 SCOFFLAW: WYOMING'S Deteriorating Public Leadership, Property Upkeep Practices Generates Ecological “Inequality State"

 

In the last six years, WYOMING (tied with #5 Kentucky for polluted public spaces, nationwide) has swiftly fallen from grace (“best” in the 2008 Scorecard) to a bottom- five “worst” position. Since the departure of then- Governor Dave Freudenthal, the once proud “Equality State” has become an outpost for disparities in governance and environmental performances under Governor Matt Mead (see picture below). Currently, WY rates number three in the USA for “Highest Corruption Risk in State Government Activities,” and only exceeded by next door, Scorecard-“worst” SOUTH DAKOTA (to be site-featured in October) and GEORGIA, by Stateintegrity.org. [WY was particularly noted for Executive Unaccountability and Un-enforcement of Public Servant Ethics laws.]

This “Inequality State,” once among the Greenest in the Western United States, now suffers from sudden, destructive, reckless anti-Green behaviors. WY exceeds 47 states for garbage wastefulness,with Indiana, Nevada and South Carolina even more careless. Each day, every man, woman and child in Wyoming throws away nearly 10 pounds of un-reused, un-recycled items, needlessly ending up into landfills and incinerators(see picture below). The Legislature at Cheyenne, under Mead and Freudenthal, has yet to pass comprehensive recycling and container deposits legislation, proven to reduce both litter volumes and removal costs. Since Mead took office, WY decided to abandon a poorly-advertised, low-profile yet functional anti-littering slogan campaign in favor of increasing public spaces messiness and inaction. Also contributing to the messiness is the sluggishness of the Wyoming DOT and Contractors, entrusted with a “poorly-maintained” roadway system that “trails behind” maintenance efforts of 34 states. Furthermore, the Inequality State got recent media attention, for a scolding by EPA on (seemingly non-existent) efforts to clean up illegal solid wastes from a number of prominent public-use (including Indian Reservation) waterways (see picture below).          

        Illegal Dumping, Coal Mountain Road, Casper



Trash-wasting, anti-Green Wyomingites force Landfills beyond capacity