Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dane County Judge Rules Act 21 Unconstitutional Only as it Applies to the Department of Public Instruction

A Dane County Circuit Court judge has narrowly struck down a portion of 2011 Wisconsin Act 21, the regulatory reform bill passed during the 2011-12 Legislative Session and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Posted in Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Supreme Court

EPA Says More Time Needed for Coal Ash Rule

On October 11, the EPA filed a declaration in federal district court stating that it will not be able to finalize a rulemaking on coal ash within six months. The agency indicated it may take more than a year to … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Waste

Wondering About Your Water? There’s an App for That.

As part of its celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

Wetland General Permit Now Available

A general permit that streamlines and shortens the wetland permitting process for some residential, commercial, and industrial projects impacting wetlands is now in effect.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

New Studies Related to the EPA Trainwreck Released

The Foundation strives to provide the public with the latest information on regulations and their impact on the economic competitiveness of Wisconsin and the nation. Three recent studies provide more information on the costs of cutting carbon emissions, the impact … Continue reading

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

GAO Report: Better Agency Coordination Needed on Energy-Water Issues

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on October 15 concluding that the Department of Energy will need to do a better job coordinating policies with other federal agencies as the demand for energy and water increases in the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Water

NRDC Petitions FEMA for Climate Change Considerations in Disaster Response Plans

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) have filed a petition with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting the agency mandate that states include climate change assessments in their disaster response plans.

Posted in Climate Change

Fishy Federalism

The Great Lakes Law blog has an interesting post this week discussing the government’s failure to protect the Great Lakes from the invasion of Asian carp.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, United States Supreme Court, Water

Interior Fast-Tracks Solar on Public Lands

The Obama administration finalized a program Friday to fast-track “solar energy zones” on public lands in six Western states.

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Public Nuisance Climate Change Litigation All But Dead

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has dismissed a federal common law claim of public nuisance for global warming by greenhouse gases, ruling the common law was displaced by the comprehensive federal regulatory scheme of the Clean … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency, Wisconsin Supreme Court