Category Archives: General

Circuit Court Rules in Favor of New Chester Dairy!

[While this post is a little late] Christmas came early for the Great Lakes Legal Foundation this year when, on December 2nd, Judge Mark McGinnis of the Outagamie Circuit Court released his decision in favor of New Chester Dairy and … Continue reading

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Overview of States’ Motion for Stay Against Clean Power Plan

The state petitioners’ filed a motion for a stay in their lawsuit against the 111(d) portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (Plan) on October 23, 2015. This post is mean to outline the positions taken in … Continue reading

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Wisconsin joins second lawsuit against Clean Power Plan

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has joined 23 other states filing suit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.[1] This lawsuit is in addition to the suit Wisconsin joined late last month[2] over the plan. This new suit … Continue reading

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Waters of US rule enjoined

A federal judge in North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction blocking the EPA from enforcing the infamous Waters of the United States rule. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson found that the 13 states who motioned for the injunction would be … Continue reading

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EPA Clean Power Rule will hit Wisconsin, and Midwest, hard

The Obama Administration’s mandate to cut carbon emissions will leave Wisconsin’s power grid at risk according to Ellen Nowak, the chairwoman of Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission, the state’s utility regulator. Wisconsin, and other Midwestern states, rely heavily on coal due … Continue reading

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A Short Rebuttal to “Groundwater: Diminishing Resource, Increasing Conflict”

Recently Wisconsin Lawyer published an article by Christa Westerberg, a lawyer specializing in environmental law based in Madison, titled “Groundwater: Diminishing Resource, Increasing Conflict” which outlines the current state of the public trust doctrine and Wisconsin’s high capacity well regulatory … Continue reading

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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

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President Obama’s call to regulate airplane emissions may cause major challenges for the airline industry

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that airplane carbon emissions present a hazard to human health because of their contribution to global warming. Due to this finding, EPA is required to develop new regulations for the industry. EPA officials … Continue reading

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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

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EPA finds “fracking” poses no widespread harm to groundwater

A rare piece of good news for Wisconsin businesses out of the EPA yesterday (June 4, 2015). After years of study the EPA concluded that fracking poses no “widespread, systematic harm to drinking water.” The whole study can be viewed … Continue reading

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