Monthly Archives: June 2012

Court Upholds Endangerment Finding and Tailoring Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld EPA’s “endangerment finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health and welfare — a finding that provides the bases for all of the EPA’s greenhouse … Continue reading

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

PSC Issues Energy Reports

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin recently issued a draft of the biennial strategic energy assessment and a report on the cost of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Both reports will be used to guide state energy policy decisions.

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

DNR Flags Rules for Elimination

In response to Governor Walker’s Executive Order #61 Relating to Job Creation and Small Business Expansion, which asks all state agencies to conduct a thorough review of its regulations and to recommend for possible elimination outdated and overly cumbersome regulations … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources

EPA Declines to Regulate Greenhouse Gases From Ships, Off-Road Engines

The EPA has turned down a demand from U.S. environmental groups that it curb greenhouse-gas emissions from aircraft, ships, or other off-highway vehicles. The agency’s decision not to regulate nonroad engines, and its indefinite delay in regulating aircraft, comes in … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Judge Orders EPA to Issue Particulate Matter Proposed Rule

As part of a settlement agreement, the EPA has issued proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particle pollution (PM). These revisions would strengthen the annual “primary” fine particle (PM2.5) standard to protect public health and … Continue reading

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

Dane County Launches New Phosphorous Program

Dane County has launched a pilot program, the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network, designed to help reduce phosphorus pollution entering the county’s lakes. This adaptive management program, authorized by Wisconsin’s phosphorus rules, allows point sources to work with farmers to achieve … Continue reading

Posted in Water

DNR Rolls Out New Online System for Water Permits

Applicants for some state water-related permits can now use a new online system that state water protection officials say will cut paperwork and deliver quicker, more consistent permit decisions and provide better information to the public about proposed projects.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

Study Finds Compliance With Utility MACT Will be Challenging in the Midwest

A new study prepared by the Brattle Group for the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO), finds that “meeting MATS will be a major challenge for the industry, states, and MISO for a number of reasons. The industry will need to … Continue reading

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

EPA Designates Part of Kenosha County as Nonattainment for Ozone

The EPA has revised its proposed designation for Kenosha County, and designated parts of the county nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. While nonattainment designations carry with them substantial regulatory and related economic burdens, the EPA’s decision to designate … Continue reading

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

FERC’s Role in Utility MACT Implementation

On May 17, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement explaining how it will advise the EPA on requests by generators for EPA to extend the deadline for compliance with EPA’s mercury emission standards for utilities.

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