Monthly Archives: February 2012

Frac Sand to be Discussed at State Bar CLE

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Government Lawyers Division and Administrative & Local Government Law Section are co-sponsoring a CLE event titled Current Issues in Land Use Law on March 15, 2012.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

EPA Proposes Phase 3 of GHG Tailoring Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency will not lower the existing thresholds in its tailoring rule for stationary emissions sources to obtain greenhouse gas permits, the agency said in a proposed rule released February 27, 2012.

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

Joint Natural Resources Board and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board Meeting

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) and the Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board (ATCPB) held a joint meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The Boards received presentations on Chronic Wasting Disease and Federal Funding, Farmland Preservation, and Nutrient Management and … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

EPA Finalizes New Mercury Air Toxics Standards

On February 16, 2012, the EPA published the final Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in the Federal Register. The purpose of these standards, according to the EPA’s website, is to reduce pollution created by coal and oil power plants.

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

EPA Accepting Comments on Proposed 1997 Ozone Standard Redesignation

The EPA is currently accepting comments on its proposal to redesignate the Milwaukee- Racine and Sheboygan areas to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard.

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

Court Broadens Towns’ Authority to Regulate Non-Metallic Mining through Police Powers

By Andrew Cook and Pat Osborne The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a decision that is likely to negatively affect not just the aggregate industry, but other related industries. The Court’s decision broadens Wisconsin towns’ authority to regulate certain types … Continue reading

Posted in Wisconsin Supreme Court Tagged |

CSAPR Update

Although the underlying rule has been stayed by the courts, the EPA has released revisions to the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. Meanwhile, the court has set an expedited briefing schedule and announced the date of oral arguments.

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

Energy Information Administration Issues “Early Release” of Annual Energy Outlook

Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) prepares an Annual Energy Outlook which forecasts energy consumption and demand into the future. An “early release” of the 2012 edition of the Annual Energy Outlook projects natural gas … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Several Major Rules at OMB for Review

The EPA has submitted several major environmental regulations that are part of the EPA’s train wreck of rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, one of the last steps before a rule is released … Continue reading

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

EPA Will Designate Kenosha County as Nonattainment for Ozone

Citing data from the state of Illinois, the EPA has announced it intends to revise its proposed designation for Kenosha County, and recommend it be designated nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. This decision by the EPA is unwelcome, … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck