Monthly Archives: August 2011

Report Recommends Cutting Energy and Agricultural Subsidies

  The old saying that politics makes strange bedfellows is spot on when it comes to describing a recent report titled Green Scissors 2011. The report, which is to be delivered to the super committee created by the bi-partisan compromise … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Petition for Review of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Filed

EME Homer City Generation, an electric generator in Pennsylvania, has asked the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. This first legal challenge to the EPA’s rule comes less than … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy

EPA Proposes New Water Cooling Regulations

On August 18, 2011, EPA closed the comment period on a proposed rule that sets cooling water intake standards under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act for all existing power generating facilities and existing manufacturing and industrial facilities. Under … Continue reading

Posted in General

Ozone Standards Update

The contentious battle over the EPA’s proposed ozone standard revisions is heating up in the courts and at the grassroots level, with both sides arguing that uncertainty is hurting the economy. The EPA, however, continues to keep the nation guessing … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

Secondary Standards for SOx and NOx

The EPA is holding a public hearing today on the proposed secondary standards for sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides. The EPA issued the proposed secondary air standards for sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides on August 1, 2011. The Clean Air … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

CSAPR Resulting in Higher Utility Rates

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC) and Wisconsin Power & Light Co. (WPL) recently asked the Public Service Commission for additional increases in rates for 2012. The companies indicate the additional rate increases are necessary to cover the cost of complying … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy

Wisconsin DNR Becomes an Enterprise Agency

In an effort to increase services and decrease costs, the Department of Natural Resources has been designated Wisconsin’s first ever “enterprise agency.” The DNR and the Department of Administration will negotiate a memorandum of understanding covering the 2011-13 Biennium that … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

Carbon Monoxide Standards Remain the Same but Monitoring Changes

The EPA has announced it will keep the current carbon monoxide (CO) standards in place, however the monitoring system will be modified to focus on emissions in urban areas and near major roads. The Clean Air Act mandates the EPA … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

Wisconsin Receives $3.7M in GLRI Funds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded eight Wisconsin organizations and agencies $3,754,554 in grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).  

Posted in General

State Court Challenges to Legislatively Enacted Tort Reforms

The Summer 2011 edition of the Federalist Society’s State Court Docket Watch features an article co-authored by GLLF Director of Legal Services Andrew Cook and Staff Attorney Emily Kelchen. State Court Challenges to Legislatively Enacted Tort Reforms provides a summary … Continue reading

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