Monthly Archives: September 2011

September Natural Resources Board Meeting

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board met September 27-28 in Kenosha. The Board held its business meeting on the 28th after spending the previous day on various educational tours. The majority of the agenda items concerned land and resource management, and … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

Governor Walker Calls Second Special Session on Jobs

For the second time this year Governor Scott Walker has called the legislature into special session to address jobs. The “Back to Work Wisconsin” special session is expected to begin on Thursday, September 19, and run through November. Walker’s announcement … Continue reading

Posted in Wisconsin Legislature

EPA & NHTSA Delay Fuel Standards

The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were slated to release joint greenhouse gas and mileage standards for model years 2017-2025 cars and light trucks this week. However, the agencies have announced those rules will now be … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Extends Comments Period on NOx and SOx NAAQS

The EPA has extended the comment period for the proposed secondary air standards for sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides until October 10, 2011.  According to the EPA, the 10 day extension comes at the request of stakeholders.  

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

House Advances Train Wreck Bill

The House approved, on September 23rd, a bill that requires that the cumulative effect of all EPA rules be analyzed by an inter-agency committee, and would also delay the implementation of EPA’s CSAPR and proposed MACT standards for toxic air … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

EPA to Enforce 2008 Ozone Standard

Administrator Lisa Jackson, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, revealed the EPA will begin to implement the 2008 8-hour ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). The EPA also released a memo outlining the implementation process that … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

EPA Releases Plans for Regulatory Reform

  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its final report identifying a number of regulations that it will target for modification or elimination in response to Executive Order 13563. The EPA’s report discusses 35 planned regulatory reviews in five … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Energy, Water

Delay in New Ozone Standard

  On September 2, 2011, President Obama decided to delay updating new ozone standards until 2013, when EPA is required to reconsider the standards. This delay is seen as a victory for regulated industry as it removes a small part … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

Regulating Coal Ash as a Hazardous Waste Could Increase Infrastructure Costs

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation has released a report detailing the increased costs the transportation infrastructure market would face if coal ash were regulated as a hazardous waste and made unavailable for inclusion in construction … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks and Buses

The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on September 15th jointly issued the first ever greenhouse gas emissions requirements for heavy-duty trucks. The EPA adopted GHG emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and NHTSA adopted fuel … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy