Category Archives: Rulemaking in Wisconsin

EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Assess SO2 Air Quality

On May 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed options for states and local air agencies to use air quality monitoring or modeling to determine whether areas meet the 2010 air quality standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2). Below is … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today issued a decision limiting the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) regulatory authority under the public trust doctrine. The case is Rock-Koshkonong Lake District v. DNR, 2013 WI 74. The Supreme Court held that the DNR … Continue reading

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Mapping the Mines

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey has a treasure trove of information about sand mining in Wisconsin (and many other subjects). One of their most recent publications shows the industrial sand potential for the entire state of Wisconsin.

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

Is my Property a Wetland?

The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources is offering private landowners, developers and others in eastern Wisconsin a new service that can help them determine if and where wetlands are located on their property.

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State Bar to Host CLE on Mining Law

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Environmental Law Section is hosting an all day symposium on mining law in Wisconsin on Aug. 28, 2013. The Foundation’s own Andy Cook, who is also a a director of the Environmental Law Section, will … Continue reading

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High Capacity Well Budget Provision Statewide Priority for Employers

In a recent blog post we explained how the high capacity well provision in the Wisconsin budget preserves environmental protections wile limiting regulatory uncertainty. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce has posted a new article explaining why the provision is important to … Continue reading

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