Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today issued a decision limiting the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) regulatory authority under the public trust doctrine. The case is Rock-Koshkonong Lake District v. DNR, 2013 WI 74. The Supreme Court held that the DNR … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Rules There’s no “Off Site” Exception to Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District gives property owners assurances that government bureaucrats cannot use the land use permitting process as a way to get extra money for government projects as … Continue reading

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

OMB Report Estimates Costs and Benefits of Regulatory State

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a draft of its annual Report to Congress on the Benefit and Costs of Federal Regulation, which is required by the Regulatory-Right-To-Know Act.

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

Mapping the Mines

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey has a treasure trove of information about sand mining in Wisconsin (and many other subjects). One of their most recent publications shows the industrial sand potential for the entire state of Wisconsin.

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

Is my Property a Wetland?

The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources is offering private landowners, developers and others in eastern Wisconsin a new service that can help them determine if and where wetlands are located on their property.

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

Energy Dept. Compares Cost of Gas v. Cost of Electricity

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has released an online tool intended to allow consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles versus driving on gasoline. The press release announcing the new online tool notes, “Over time, consumers will notice … Continue reading

Posted in Energy