Monthly Archives: June 2010

Natural Resources Board Approves Costly New Phosphorus Rule

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board yesterday adopted a proposed rule that imposes phosphorus limits for Wisconsin rivers, streams and lakes. The rule provides a two-pronged approach, by setting water quality standards and placing new limits on municipal wastewater treatment plants … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

Study Reveals Costs to Economy of a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard

A new study by the Charles River Associates, on behalf of the Consumer Energy Alliance, analyzed the economic and energy impacts from a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). A LCFS restricts the use of higher carbon intensive fuels and requires … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change

EPA Analysis Finds Climate Change Bill Will Increase Energy Costs

A study unveiled this week by the EPA analyzing the pending climate change bill authored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) revealed that the legislation will cost households $80 to $150 a year. The increased costs are … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Announces June Meeting Agenda

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board recently posted its agenda for its upcoming two-day meeting, June 22 and 23. The most notable item on the agenda is a request by the Department of Natural Resources seeking adoption by the Board of … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Rejects Measure Removing EPA's Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. Senate yesterday voted (53-47) against a resolution that would have essentially stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Last year, the EPA issued two findings (known as “endangerment” and … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

Proposed Phosphorus Rule Will Be Costly for Municipalities and Industrial Dischargers

The Wisconsin DNR is currently proposing rules that significantly alter the state’s water quality standards by limiting the amount of phosphorus that can be discharged into surface waters from various sources. Municipalities and numerous industrial dishcargers are concerned with the … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

EPA Sets New Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Dioxide

The EPA yesterday issued a final rule for sulfur dioxide (SO2) limits under the Clean Air Act. The new rule establishes a new one-hour standard at 75 parts per billion (ppb). In addition, the EPA is revoking the current 24-hour … Continue reading

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Study Reveals Rise of Climate Change Legislation Throughout the Country

The Institute for Energy Researchrecently released a comprehensive report studying the rise of states regulating climate change. The report, Energy Regulations in the States: A Wake-up Call, notes that the number of introduced bills regulating greenhouse gases throughout the country has nearly … Continue reading

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