Monthly Archives: November 2012

EPA Keeps Renewable Fuels Levels in Place After Considering State Requests

This summer, in light of drought conditions affecting the country, Governors from several States requested a waiver of the national volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard program (RFS). The EPA recently denied the petition, citing a lack of evidence … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Energy

Regulations Worry Wisconsin CEOs

The results of the latest Economic Outlook Survey from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) show that regulations are one of the top concerns of CEOs in the state.

Posted in Regulatory Train Wreck

RPS Faces Policy Challenges

Although Wisconsin utilities are well on the way to meeting the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements, nationally and at the local level, there are still policy challenges still threaten renewable mandates.

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Wisconsin Electric Providers Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

All Wisconsin electric providers are in compliance with their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements for 2011, according to a recent Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) order. In addition, the majority of Wisconsin utilities have already achieved the increased percentage … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy, Wisconsin Legislature

Study Suggests EPA Regs Will Be Costly for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have released a new study by NDP Consulting that examines the impact of several EPA regulations on Wisconsin’s economy. A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

Regulating the Cranberry

A recent holiday-themed blog post from the Penn Program on Regulation provides a look at regulations impacting the cranberry. It turns out Wisconsin’s state fruit is governed by an extensive set of unique rules and regulations.

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

New Wetland General Permit Now in Effect

A new waterway and wetland general permit that streamlines the permitting process for local governments to construct, reconstruct or maintain highways, bridges, and culverts is now in effect.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

EPA Recommends New Recreational Water Quality Criteria

Pursuant to an order from a U.S. District Court, and as required by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, the EPA has released new recreational water quality criteria to protect human health.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

EPA Issues Draft Guidelines on Nonpoint Source Pollution Grants

The EPA is issuing revised guidelines for the award of § 319 grants under the Clean Water Act for the implementation of nonpoint source management programs. Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories, spells out the conditions … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

Cut Your Christmas Tree in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Many of our national forests and Bureau of Land Management units permit citizens to harvest their own Christmas trees from public land, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.

Posted in General