Monthly Archives: March 2013

Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

A recent report prepared the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the request of the EPA explores how government officials should make regulatory decisions when they lack perfect answers to key questions.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

Energy & the Economy

A new blog post from the Dept. of Energy’s Energy Information Administration explores the correlation between changing energy uses and fluctuation in GDP. While the two measures are linked, correlation does not imply causation.

Posted in Energy

New Factsheet Available for Local Water Plants

Depending on the type of equipment they use and the air pollutants emitted from that equipment, some local wastewater treatment plants and water supply systems in Wisconsin may be required to get an air pollution control permit from Wisconsin DNR. … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water

Obama Administration Announces Nominees to Head EPA & DOE

Federal cabinet secretaries rarely serve for the entire time the President who appointed them is in office, such is the case with the U.S. EPA and the Dept. of Energy.

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition

Using data from the 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment, the EPA has determined that 55% of the nation’s streams and rivers are in poor condition for aquatic life.

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

DNR Accepting Comments on Water Quality Trading Guidance

To aid in the implementation of water quality trading, the DNR has developed two draft guidance documents, which are now available for external review and comment under the DNR’s new guidance development procedure.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water

Independent Panel to Peer Review EPA’s Fracking Research

The EPA’s independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) has announced the formation of a Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel. This panel of independent experts will peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Foundation Comments on DNR’s Guidance Process & TMDL Guidance

The DNR is currently developing a new process for agency guidance development that includes a public comment period. The Foundation took advantage of the opportunity to comment on the new process (basically the DNR’s guidance on guidance) and another proposed … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water

S.S. Badger Coal Ash Discharge to Lake Michigan to Cease by End of 2014 Sailing Season

The EPA and DOJ have announced the lodging of a proposed consent decree that requires Lake Michigan Carferry Service, Inc. (LMC) of Ludington, Michigan, to eliminate the discharge of coal ash into Lake Michigan by the S.S. Badger by the … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Environmental Protection Agency, Water

Supreme Court Clarifies Logging Roads Runoff Rules

In Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the Supreme Court ruled that runoff from logging roads does not constitute a discharge from a point source that requires an NPDES permit. The decision upholds EPA’s interpretation of its own regulations and … Continue reading

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