Monthly Archives: November 2011

Regulatory "Train Wreck" Updates

The Environmental Protection Agency will develop and finalize multiple rules over the next several years that will dramatically impact the air, water, and energy regulatory climate. This unprecedented level of activity will be mirrored at the state level since each … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Department of Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Renewable Energy, Waste, Water

EPA to Develop Reporting Rule for Fracking Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency will partially grant the Aug. 4, 2011 petition of Earthjustice and 120 other groups, requesting that EPA issue Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 4 and 8 rules requiring toxicity testing and reporting of health and … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Sensenbrenner Seeks to Delay E15

Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner is leading a two front attack on the EPA’s registration of E15 fuel. Sensenbrenner has introduced legislation requiring more studies and higher standards and has also asked the EPA to delay any action on E15.

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Energy

EPA Rules Generate Electric Reliability Concerns

The EPA’s new regulations impacting power plants have many questioning the overall impact the rules will have on the nation’s electric reliability. An upcoming technical conference hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will provide greater insight on the … Continue reading

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

Obama Administration “Can’t Wait” to introduce New Fuel Economy and GHG Pollution Standards

Today, November 17, 2011, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards. This plan for strengthening  Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, is … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

States, Congress, and Coast Guard All Working on Ballast Water Discharge Standards

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would set national standards for cleansing ship ballast water and prohibit states from setting stronger standards in an effort to slow the advancement of invasive species. The law would adopt … Continue reading

Posted in Water

EPA Administrator Jackson Speaks at the UW

Around 400 people attended an event on the UW campus featuring EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Tuesday, November 15th. Jackson mentioned the EPA “train wreck” and some of the rules that are a part of it, calling Congressional attempts to … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

EPA Announces Schedule for Regional Haze Rule Implementation

The EPA has announced a court ordered schedule to review and act on more than 40 state pollution reduction plans that will improve visibility in national parks and wilderness areas.

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency

Senate Defeats Effort to Void CSAPR

The Senate voted down a Republican proposal to nullify the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), with the measure falling by a vote of 41-56.

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

Committee on Mining Jobs to Hold Informational Hearing on Mining 11/15/2011

  On October 27, the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Small Business held a public hearing on mining in Hurley, Wisconsin. Testimony was open to invited speakers (representing local officials, industry representatives and tribal officials) and the general public.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Legislature