Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Look at Compliance with Ballast Water Regulations

Good news on the waterfront: the state’s first full year of inspections of ocean-going and Great Lakes ships arriving in Wisconsin ports has found good compliance with the state’s ballast water regulations.

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

National Weather Service Employs New Cellphone Alerts for Blizzard

“Blizzard Warning this area til 12:00 AM CST Fri. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media. -NWS” That message, along with a startling tone, was my first experience with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. The … Continue reading

Posted in General

Agency Secretaries Discuss Lake Beulah & Permit Creep

At the Dairy Business Association’s (DBA) 2012 annual meeting DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Sec. Ben Brancel joined Michael Best & Friedrich Attorney David Crass on a panel discussing the regulatory environment … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

EPA Lowers Particulate Matter Standard

In response to a court order, the EPA has finalized the first update to the national air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution (PM2.5), including soot, in 15 years.

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

A Car Lovers Lament

Since the 1960s regulations have dramatically altered the automotive industry. The Master Resource blog, which bills itself as a free-market energy blog, has an interesting post titled “Car Homogenization: What Have Regulations Wrought?” that explores some of the unintended consequences … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Regulatory Train Wreck, Renewable Energy

EPA Proposing Changes to Mercury Rule

The EPA has released a proposal to revise the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule (also known as the MATS or Utility MACT) for new coal and oil plants. The proposal does not change the final emission limits for existing … Continue reading

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

EPA to Postpone Power Plant Effluent Guidelines Until April

The EPA was under court-order to propose new effluent guidelines for coal-fired power plants by December 14, 2012, but that deadline is now being extended until April 19, 2013.

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Water

EPA Updates Rules on Stormwater Discharges from Logging Roads as Supreme Court Hears Case

In an interesting turn of events there has been much action toward resolving the confusion caused last year when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that logging roads required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. On the Friday … Continue reading

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

The Regulatory Perils of the “Dairy Cliff”

A recent article in the La Crosse Tribune warns that the “fiscal cliff” is not the only cliff policy makers are dealing with. A mixture of regulatory provisions in the expiring farm bill could create a “dairy cliff.”

Posted in General

WPRI Explores Wisconsin's Electric Past & Future

“Power Up!” an article in the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’s December 2012 issue of its magazine, Wisconsin Interest, explores Wisconsin’s electric generation history and the state’s current status relative to other states in the MISO (the Midwest Independent Transmission System … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Regulatory Train Wreck, Renewable Energy, Wisconsin Legislature