Monthly Archives: July 2011

Backlash in Guidance as Rulemaking

The Environmental Protection Agency was subject to a policymaking setback when a federal appeals court struck down guidance outlining alternatives to a penalty program under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for areas in violation of the air quality standards for … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

DNR Seeks to Slow Rulemaking on Waterway Development

The Department of Natural Resources wants to delay the implementation of rules that affect development along Wisconsin waterways for two years. These controversial regulations were approved in 2009 under Governor Doyle.   Now, under the Walker administration, the DNR wants … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and its Effect on Wisconsin

  On Wednesday July 6, 2011, the EPA finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The rule is effective January 1, 2012 and will replace the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). The rule requires 27 states, including Wisconsin, to improve … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy

Transparency in State Spending

A measure in the state budget passed last month requires the state to post online every purchase of $100 or more. The new requirement greatly expands the state’s reporting requirements and will offer the public a closer look at state … Continue reading

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DNR Releases Draft Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

The Wisconsin DNR recently released a draft state implementation plan (SIP) as a step toward complying with the federal Regional Haze Rule.   In 1999, the EPA promulgated the Regional Haze Rule to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources

EPA Opens Public Comment on Secondary Air Standards for Nitrogen and Sulfur Oxides

July 14, 2011 – Today the EPA proposed secondary air quality standards to protect the environment from nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx).   The EPA is planning to conduct a field pilot program to collect and analyze data … Continue reading

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Comment Period for Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act Extended

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period by 30 days for the draft guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act. The EPA and Corps of Engineers will take additional comment … Continue reading

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Labor Unions Critical of Obama’s Environmental Agenda

According a recent Wall Street Journal article, several unions in key states are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency soften new regulations aimed at pollution associated with coal-fired power plants. The unions fear that the nearly half a dozen rules … Continue reading

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