Category Archives: Regulatory Train Wreck

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

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D.C. Appeals Court Upholds EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Regulations

On April 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation[1] of mercury and air toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants (commonly referred to as MATS). This article provides background information … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rules: EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, LP

This case involved a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (Transport Rule). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the rule in its entirety. The case was appealed to the … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Takes Up Major Greenhouse Gas Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and modified major stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

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Pres. Obama Unveils Climate Change Plan

Pres. Obama has laid out a sweeping new climate change plan. The plan, which would cut carbon emissions in the United States and encourage other countries to do so as well, bypasses Congress, opting to achieve the president’s policy goals … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Renewable Energy

Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ A Conversation with former White House Counsel Boy

THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY FOR LAW & PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER PRESENTS: Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ A Conversation with former White House Counsel Boyden Gray Moderated by the Honorable Randy … Continue reading

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High Capacity Well Budget Provision Preserves Environmental Protections, Limits Regulatory Uncertainty

A motion (#375) passed by the Joint Finance Committee (12-4) limiting the ability of environmental groups to challenge high-capacity well permits will help reduce regulatory uncertainty and create jobs, while continuing to protect the environment.

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Regulatory Train Wreck, Water, Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Red Tape Rising

The Heritage Foundation has released a new white paper, “Red Tape Rising: Regulations in Obama’s First Term,” which analyzes the number and cost of regulations enacted during Pres. Obama’s first term.

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EPA Accepting Comments on Stormwater Proposal

The EPA has formally proposed revisions to its effluent guidelines for stormwater discharges from construction and development point sources. The proposed rule would make several revisions to the non-numeric requirements of the existing rule, as well as withdraw the numeric … Continue reading

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