Monthly Archives: June 2011

New Analysis Find EPA’s Power Plant Regulations would Increase Electricity Costs; Job Loss

Two of the EPA’s recently proposed regulations would be among the most expensive ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants. National Economic Research Associates (NERA) revealed their analysis that this proposed rules would increase electricity rates and natural … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Gas Rules and Program Implementation Move Forward

The Supreme Court’s ruling last week in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut sent the message that the courts will not be involved with climate change regulation more than is absolutely necessary. The court emphasized that Congress and the EPA, … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change

U.S. Senate Vote Ends Ethanol Subsidies

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday June 16, 2011 to eliminate billions of dollars in support of the U.S. ethanol industry. In the end, the 73-27 vote may merely be symbolic as the White House has vowed not to repeal ethanol … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

June 30, 2011 Water Use Registration Deadline

In 2008, Wisconsin passed a new law expanding the powers of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over water use. The Great Lakes Compact is now being implemented, and the first deadline is rapidly approaching. By June 30, 2011, … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

Natural Resources Board Unanimously Votes to Repeal Outdated TSP Standard

At its June meeting, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted unanimously to grant GLLF’s petition for rulemaking to repeal the total suspended particulates (TSP) standard under Wis. Admin. Code § NR 404.04(3). GLLF drafted the petition on behalf of … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources

Federal Mercury Regulations Still Expected in November Despite Extended Comment Period

On Tuesday the EPA announced it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants to August 4, 2011. Despite the longer comment period, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the final rules will still … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy

Natural Resources Board to Vote on GLLF’s Rulemaking Request

This Tuesday and Wednesday the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) will convene in Sturgeon Bay for its June meeting. On Tuesday, the NRB will tour various locations in the Sturgeon Bay area and hear presentations on Beech Bark Disease, manufacturing … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources

Supreme Court Issues Big End of Session Opinions

This morning the United States Supreme Court issued four decisions, including the global warming standing case American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut and the class action certification case Wal-Mart v. Dukes. American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut This is the … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Energy, United States Supreme Court

Study Finds New Efficiency Standards will Hike Car Costs

Higher fuel efficiency standards may increase car prices by $10,000 and cut 260,000 jobs by 2025, according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research. The study predicted that it will cost between $3,744 and $9,790 per vehicle to … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Steineke Circulates a Bill that Reforms DNR Permitting Process

Representative Jim Steineke (R- Kaukauna) recently announced that he is circulating a bill  that would dramatically reform the Department of Natural Resources permitting process. Under the bill, Chapter 30 permits issued by the DNR would be subject to statutory deadlines … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources