Monthly Archives: October 2011

Public Hearing Authorized for DNR Proposal Adopting New NAAQS Standards for NO2 and SO2

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board met yesterday, October 26, for its October 2011 board meeting. Among other issues before the board was a request for authorization for public hearing on proposed rules affecting NR 404 and 484 pertaining to adopting … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Wisconsin Legislature

EPA Releases Proposed CAFO Reporting Rule

The EPA is proposing a rule that would require concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to submit information to the EPA so it can more effectively carry out its CAFO regulations.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

EPA Proposes Changes to its Review of New Source Performance Standards

The EPA is proposing to change the way it conducts its eight-year review of some new source performance standards (NSPS). Under the proposal, the EPA would forgo review of a standard if it finds the current level of control is … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency

Report Questions Renewable Fuel Standard

A congressionally-requested report from the National Research Council found that the United States is unlikely to be able to meet its Renewable Fuel Standard.

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

DNR Seeks Comments on Water Use Permits

In order to implement the Great Lakes Compact in Wisconsin, large withdrawers in the Great Lakes basin will need a Water Use permit beginning on December 8, 2011. Comments on the proposed permitting documents are due by October 31, 2011 … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

Emergency Rule Extends Fishing Season

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, at an emergency meeting October 17th,  approved extending the commercial whitefish season to October 31st in Green Bay and Lake Michigan for 2011 in order to ensure Wisconsin’s commercial fishers are competitive with Michigan fishers.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

EPA says “Farm Dust” Standard will Remain the Same

In a letter to Sen. Debbie Stabenow D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said she will recommend to the White House Office of Management and Budget that existing particulate matter regulations governing coarse particulate matter … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency

25 States Ask Court to Delay Utility MACT Rule

November 16, 2011 is the court-ordered deadline for the EPA to release new rules governing mercury emissions from power plants. A motion filed by the Utility Air Regulatory Group, backed by an amicus brief from 25 states, asks the court … Continue reading

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

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Discarded Ozone Standard

Earlier this week five environmental and public health groups filed a lawsuit against the EPA in response to the Obama administration’s September 2nd decision to delay any new standards until 2013. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court of … Continue reading

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

EPA Requests Additional Comments on Proposed Coal Combustion Residuals Rule

On October 12th, the EPA published a notice of data availability and request for additional comments on its proposed coal combustion residuals rule. Comments will be accepted until November 12, 2011.

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Waste