Category Archives: Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Judge in North Dakota clarifies that injunction against Waters of US rule limited to 13 states

  U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson clarified that the preliminary injunction he issued last week against the implementation of the Obama Administration’s Wasters of the U.S. rule only applies to the 13 states (including Wisconsin) that sued to block the … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Protection Agency, Water

EPA Releases Final Draft of Clean Power Plan

Last week the White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of the Clean Power Plan rule, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions, and various pollutants, by power plants in the United States. As widely expected, the final … Continue reading

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White House and EPA at odds with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over new “Waters of the U.S.” rule

After months of the Obama Administration and EPA arguing the new Waters of the United States rule (for our earlier story on the rule click here) as scientifically and legally sound, a series of memos from the Army Corps of … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Water Act, Environmental Protection Agency

Michigan v. EPA: SCOTUS rules EPA must consider costs in initial decision to regulate.

Scalia, writing for the Court, stated that “[EPA] gave cost no thought at all, because it considered cost irrelevant to its initial decision to regulate,” he continued, writing, “It is unreasonable to read an instruction to an administrative agency to … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency, General

EPA proposes new fuel efficiency standards for trucks

The Obama administration announced a new regulatory push last Friday (June 19th) on makers of heavy-duty trucks to increase fuel efficiency by up to 24 percent. The proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Court of Appeals denies petition for writ of prohibition on EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Rule

In In Re Murray Energy Corp. Judge Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion for the court which held that the petitioners’ petitions for review and petition for a writ of prohibition are denied because of a lack of finality.[1] On June … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, General

EPA Issues “Waters of the United States” Final Rule

Last Wednesday, (May 27, 2015) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its finalized Waters of the United States rule just over a year after it released its proposed rule. This rule was proposed to clarify the EPA’s jurisdiction over the … Continue reading

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

EPA Plans to Review Permit for Pig Farm in Bayfield County

After opposition arose over the potential construction of a new pig concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to step in and review the permitting process. Wisconsin currently is home to approximately 240 cow … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, General, Waste

EPA Sued for Failing to Conduct Evaluations of Jobs Losses Resulting from Enforcement of the Clean Air Act

Earlier this year, a number of companies filed a citizen suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging the agency violated § 321 of the Clean Air Act by failing to provide continues evaluations of potential job losses resulting from … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

On June 2, 2014, EPA proposed standards to address carbon dioxide emissions from modified and reconstructed power plants under section 111(b) of the CAA. The proposed standards would only apply to units that are being modified or reconstructed. A modification … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency