Monthly Archives: April 2013

EPA Accepting Comments on Stormwater Proposal

The EPA has formally proposed revisions to its effluent guidelines for stormwater discharges from construction and development point sources. The proposed rule would make several revisions to the non-numeric requirements of the existing rule, as well as withdraw the numeric … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Water

Assembly "Right the Rules" Process to Look at Water Regulations

As part of the “Right the Rules” regulatory reform process, the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry will be having an informational meeting on April 30 to discuss several water regulations, including NR 217 (Phosphorus) and NR 106 (Thermal Discharge).

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

EPA Revises Utility MATS Limits for New Power Plants

On March 28, EPA finalized revisions to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS (also known as “Utility MACT”) for new power plants, which were originally promulgated in February 2012.

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

Phosphorus Webinar Available

Linda Bochert and Anna Wildeman of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP have made a recording of their recent webinar on Wisconsin’s phosphorus rules available online.

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

EPA Proposes Standards for Vehicle Emissions and Fuels

EPA has proposed to significantly reduce emissions of conventional air pollutants from cars and trucks while at the same time reducing the amount of sulfur in the nation’s gasoline supply. The new rules, which are known as “Tier 3” emissions … Continue reading

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

Is Sue to Settle the New Rulemaking Paradigm?

A new blog post by Will Haun on the Federalist Society’s Executive Branch Review, Suing, Settling, and the Separation of Powers, outlines the path some federal agencies are taking to avoid the formal rulemaking process and Congressional oversight. The blog … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Regulatory Train Wreck

EPA Proposes Water Pollution Rules for New and Existing Power Plants

The EPA has released its long-awaited proposed rule for regulating pollution discharges into waters of the United States from 1,200 power plants nationwide, as well as from any new plants.

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

OMB Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Regulations issued in FY 2012

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released its draft 2013 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Regulations, covering regulatory activity through the end of fiscal year 2012. Susan E. Dudley, Director of the Regulatory Studies … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Regulatory Train Wreck

Settlement Shutters More Wisconsin Coal Plants

The EPA, Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), and various co-defendants and co-plaintiffs, have entered into a settlement agreement which will significantly alter Wisconsin’s energy generation portfolio and cost over a billion dollars. This action is part of a larger … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, United States Supreme Court

Academic Analysis of the Public Trust Doctrine

Michael C. Blumm and others at the Lewis & Clark Law School have taken on the monumental task of analyzing the public trust doctrine across the United States. A draft of their upcoming article is now available for public viewing.

Posted in Water