Monthly Archives: August 2013

Court Decides Important Mining Case

Right on the heels of the Great Lake Legal Foundation’s success in the Wisconsin’s Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong case comes another decisive win for the Foundation’s legal efforts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has agreed with … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Water

Limitations Placed on Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision protecting property owners and businesses from overreaching bureaucrats at the Department of Natural Resources, at the same time protecting Wisconsin’s pristine waterways. However, environmental groups are trying to marginalize the decision … Continue reading

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

News Coverage & Reactions to the Lake Koshkonong Decision

Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine: Great Lakes Legal Foundation, July 16, 2013.WMC Statement on Lake Koshkonong Ruling: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, July 16, 2013.WI Supreme Court Limits DNR Power on Lake Levels: Midwest … Continue reading

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

Mining Hearing Scheduled for Aug. 15

The DNR has scheduled a public informational hearing on Gogebic Taconite’s proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine for August 15 from 10am-8pm at Hurley High School, 5503 W. Range View Drive. The hearing will be a … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin

Rest Lake Dam Decision Postponed in Response to Lake Koshkonong Decision

The DNR is postponing public information hearings on a new operating order for the Rest Lake Dam in Vilas County while staff evaluate possible the impact of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong decision.

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

DNR Accepting Comments on Shoreland Zoning Changes

The DNR is accepting comments on proposed changes to minimum statewide shoreland zoning standards, with the goal of providing more flexibility for property owners and making the standards easier for counties to implement. To respond to concerns expressed by counties … Continue reading

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

EPA Proposes Rule to Bring Clean Water Act Reporting Into the 21st Century

The EPA has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

McCarthy Confirmed as EPA Administrator

On July 19, the Senate voted 59 to 40 to confirm the nomination of Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator. McCarthy previously served as the EPA’s chief air pollution regulator. Republicans had been filibustering her nomination, but agreed to hold an … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency

DOE Publishes Report on Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that examines current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U.S. energy sector. The report identifies several critical issues, including power-plant disruptions due to drought … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Energy