Monthly Archives: December 2011

CSAPR to Take Effect January 1st

Though still in flux, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule is going into effect on January 1, 2012. This post provides a brief discussion of the rule’s history, its expansion, the status of proposed modifications to state emission budgets, and … Continue reading

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

EPA’s Priorities for 2012

The EPA’s most recent Action Initiation List provides a hint as to EPA’s priorities for 2012. There are several notable items on the list including phase three of the EPA’s tailoring rule and amendments to the particulate matter standards.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency

CLE Event: Impact of New EPA Regulations on Electric Utilities

The State Bar’s Energy & Telecommunications Law and Environmental Law Sections and the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute (WPUI) at UW-Madison are sponsoring a CLE event focusing on Proposed Federal Regulations and Their Potential Impacts on Wisconsin’s Electric Utilities, Their Ratepayers, … Continue reading

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

Revised Emission Standards for the Pulp and Paper Industry

The EPA is proposing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for the pulp and paper industry. As required by the Clean Air Act (CAA), the EPA must set industry air pollution standards that are up-to-date, ensuring … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Proposes to Designate Sheboygan County Nonattainment for 2008 Ozone Standard

The EPA is currently implementing the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, 0.075 parts per million. On December 20th, the EPA published its proposed determinations in the Federal Register. The EPA intends to designate 43 areas as … Continue reading

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

Public Response to Final Utility MACT Rule

Industry representatives and lawmakers say the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)/Utility MACT rule will force power plant shutdowns and raise electric rates, while health and environmental advocates hail the regulation as a long-overdue victory. GLLF provides a summary of … Continue reading

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EPA Issues $9.6 Billion Utility MACT Regulations

The EPA has finalized the court-ordered Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants. Commonly called the Utility MACT (maximum achievable control technology) rules, they are the first ever standards limiting mercury, acid gases, and other toxic pollution from … Continue reading

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

DNR Accepting Comments on Draft Watershed Plans & Impaired Waters List

The Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting comments on Wisconsin’s proposed list of waters that do not meet water quality standards and a group of plans for maintaining or improving water quality in 24 of 330 watersheds across the … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

EPA Poised to Issue Utility MACT Rules

December 16th was the court-ordered deadline for EPA to issue the first ever standards limiting mercury, acid gases, and other toxic pollution from power plants, known as the Utility MACT (MACT stands for maximum achievable control technology) rules. The rules … Continue reading

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

Support the Great Lakes Legal Foundation

The Great Lakes Legal Foundation is a non-profit legal foundation providing legal and policy expertise to advance economic growth and increase job opportunities in the upper Midwest. All of the Foundation’s funding comes from donations from like-minded individuals, organizations, and … Continue reading

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