Monthly Archives: December 2010

EPA Moves Forward With Controversial Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The EPA on December 23, 2010 announced its plans to move forward with regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The controversial rule will set significant new regulations on power plants and oil refineries. According to EPA: For natural … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

Gov.-elect Walker Unveils Regulatory Reform Proposal

Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker this week unveiled his second piece of legislation for the upcoming “Wisconsin is Open for Business Special Session.” The proposal addresses regulatory reform. Specifically, the legislation: Limits broad rulemaking authority of state agencies: This proposal limits … Continue reading

Posted in General

EPA Issues Determination Finding Wisconsin Areas Have Obtained 1997 Ozone 8-hour Standard

On Dec. 15, 2010, EPA published in direct final form its determination that the Milwaukee-Racine and Sheboygan, Wisconsin areas have attained  the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Milwaukee-Racine area includes Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, Waukesha, … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

EPA Approves Wisconsin NOx RACT Rules

  Originally sent to the EPA for approval in 2007, Wisconsin’s Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) rules for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions have finally been approved. These revisions incorporate provisions related to the implementation of nitrogen oxides (NOX) Reasonably Available … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change

EPA Delays Ozone Regulations

The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that the EPA is once again delaying implementation of proposed ozone rules that would impose significant costs on businesses. The Obama administration last January proposed lowering the primary and secondary national ambient air … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

NRB Advances Emergency Tailoring Rules

Today the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved an emergency rule to incorporate the federal tailoring rules into Wisconsin’s rules. By using the emergency rulemaking process the DNR will be able to adopt the rule by, or very soon after, January … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources

Supreme Court to hear Global Warming Case

The Court will review a U.S. appeals court ruling that reinstated a 2004 lawsuit by eight states, New York City and three land trusts claiming the utilities have created a public nuisance by contributing to global warming. The utility companies … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change