Monthly Archives: January 2012

Boiler MACT Status Update

The EPA’s Boiler MACT rules were reconsidered and stayed after their publication in March 2011. This article provides analysis of the federal court case that overturned the stay, and details on the EPA’s reconsidered rules which are now available for … Continue reading

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

Gov. Walker Highlights Regulatory Review Board in State of the State

Governor Walker focused on job creation and improving the state’s jobs climate in his second State of the State Address. As part of the efforts to improve the state’s job climate, Walker announced he was appointing new members to the … Continue reading

Posted in General

January Natural Resources Board Meeting

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board met January 24th and 25th in Madison. Important topics addressed by the Board included approval of an economic impact solicitation process, a reduction of the bear harvest quota for 2012, and discussions of EPA-identified deficiencies … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

CSAPR Stay May Affect Regional Haze Requirements

The stay of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit casts uncertainty over an EPA proposal to allow states to rely on the Cross State Air Pollution Rule … Continue reading

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

North Dakota Sues Minnesota Over Coal Power Restrictions

North Dakota has filed suit against Minnesota in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota, claiming Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, which bars utilities from buying power from new plants that would raise carbon dioxide emissions, … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Renewable or Not? How States Count Hydropower

Midwest Energy News recently published an interesting article discussing how different states treat hydroelectric power when it comes to renewable electricity standards. As the article explains, although hydropower is a renewable energy, it does not always count toward a state’s … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

BLM Seeks Comments on Solar and Wind Energy Public Land Leases

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on December 29, 2011, taking the first step toward establishing a competitive process for leasing public lands for solar and wind energy development. The ANPR asks … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Assembly to Vote on Mining Bill

The Assembly is expected to debate and pass Assembly Bill 426 on January 26th. Supporters of the bill argue that the bill is needed due to the uncertainty of current permitting laws and rules implemented by the Department of Natural … Continue reading

Posted in Wisconsin Legislature

Obama Halts Keystone XL Pipeline Project

President Obama announced Wednesday that he was rejecting TransCanada Corp.’s application for a permit to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted in Energy

First Data from Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule Released

Mandated by the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the EPA launched the GHG Reporting Program in October 2009, requiring the reporting of GHG data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, as well as suppliers of products that … Continue reading

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