Monthly Archives: July 2012

Livestock Producers Petition EPA to Waive Ethanol Mandate

A group of livestock producers have petitioned the EPA to suspend the renewable fuel standard for one year in light of the drought gripping much of the country.

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Energy

Prof. Asks: Is Flexible Regulation an Oxymoron?

Thanks to Gov. Walker’s Executive Order 61, which asks each state agencies to conduct a thorough review of its regulations and recommend for possible elimination or modification outdated and overly cumbersome regulations, Wisconsin’s Administrative Code is undergoing its first comprehensive … Continue reading

Posted in General

EPA Approves Wisconsin’s Phosphorous Program

The EPA has approved Wisconsin’s program to reduce phosphorus levels in the Great Lakes and Wisconsin’s inland waters as a revision to Wisconsin’s federally-approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program under the Clean Water Act.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Water

Cooling Water Rule Delayed

The Obama administration has extended the deadline for setting a final rule on cooling water structures for industrial facilities to July 27, 2013. The rule, which is part of the Clean Water Act, seeks to design and locate the structures … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Water

EPA Releases New Ozone Documents

The EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is making available for public comment two draft assessment documents that describe the quantitative analyses the EPA is conducting as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards … Continue reading

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

Public Trust Doctrine Challenge Slows Development in Milwaukee

An environmental group is trying to stop development of a high-rise apartment building in Milwaukee because the group alleges the site is located on former Lake Michigan lakebed, and therefore subject to the Wisconsin Constitution’s public trust doctrine.

Posted in Water, Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Supreme Court

EPA Delays Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

The EPA is delaying implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS also known as Utility MACT) for new power plants based on new information provided by industry stakeholders after the rule was finalized. This reconsideration does not cover … Continue reading

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

White House Weakened Particulate Matter Standards

The Washington Post is reporting that the White House forced the EPA to propose a slightly weaker standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) than the agency originally wanted.

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

DNR Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Wetlands General Permit

A proposed general permit to streamline the wetland permitting process for some residential, commercial and industrial projects impacting wetlands is now out for public comment, and is the topic of a July 31 public informational hearing in Madison.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

EPA’s Jackson Interviewed for Washington Post’s Background Check

The Washington Post has introduced a new feature where they do candid interviews with Beltline insiders about their lives on and off the clock. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was the Post’s latest interviewee.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency