Monthly Archives: April 2011

Biomass Gets a Break

Beginning on January 2, 2011, the EPA required large plants and factories planning to make major modifications or build new facilities to obtain pre-construction permits addressing their GHG emissions. These facilities, such as oil refineries and power plants, must obtain … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Energy, Renewable Energy

Milk Now Excluded from Oil Spill Regulations

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to exempt dairy farmers from an anti-pollution regulation aimed at control of oil spills. The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations, in place since the 1970s, require facilities storing more than … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides with DNR in Water Permit Dispute

InAnderson v. Department of Natural Resources, 2001 WI 19 (March 23, 2011), the Wisconsin Supreme Court relied on concepts of federalism to decide the DNR’s authority to overrule the EPA’s application of the federal Clean Water Act. Curt Andersen, John … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in a Case Determining DNR’s Regulatory Authority Regarding High Capacity Wells

The Wisconsin Supreme Court this month heard oral arguments in a case that could have broad implications determining the amount of regulatory authority state agencies have when it comes to issuing permits. The Great Lakes Legal Foundation (GLLF) filed an … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Supreme Court