Category Archives: General

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

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Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

On April 13, 2012, EPA proposed a new source performance standard for emissions of carbon dioxide for new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units. The EPA determined that revisions in its proposed approach were warranted and, in a separate action, … Continue reading

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DATCP Reminds us to Think Digital Safety on Data Privacy Day

If you use the internet, you have a digital footprint. Whether you are shopping, searching, listening to music or posting to a social media account, you are leaving traces of your activities online, and it is important to protect your … Continue reading

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Regulatory Review Report Released

A report released in conjunction with Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address proposes regulatory changes which could become the foundation of the governor’s stated goal of reforming government.

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National Weather Service Employs New Cellphone Alerts for Blizzard

“Blizzard Warning this area til 12:00 AM CST Fri. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media. -NWS” That message, along with a startling tone, was my first experience with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. The … Continue reading

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The Regulatory Perils of the “Dairy Cliff”

A recent article in the La Crosse Tribune warns that the “fiscal cliff” is not the only cliff policy makers are dealing with. A mixture of regulatory provisions in the expiring farm bill could create a “dairy cliff.”

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Cut Your Christmas Tree in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Many of our national forests and Bureau of Land Management units permit citizens to harvest their own Christmas trees from public land, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.

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Improving Regulatory Performance through Ex Post Evaluation

Wisconsin and the federal government are currently undertaking a review of existing regulations, so University of Pennsylvania Prof. Cary Coglianese’s timely blog discussing regulatory review methodology is an interesting read.

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DATCP Highlights Consumer Specialist

DATCP shines a spotlight on Consumer Specialist Bobbi Erb as part of a series of feature stories highlighting DATCP programs and employees.

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Prof. Asks: Is Flexible Regulation an Oxymoron?

Thanks to Gov. Walker’s Executive Order 61, which asks each state agencies to conduct a thorough review of its regulations and recommend for possible elimination or modification outdated and overly cumbersome regulations, Wisconsin’s Administrative Code is undergoing its first comprehensive … Continue reading

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