Category Archives: Waste

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 Proposes Water Pollution Rules for New and Existing Power Plants

The EPA has released its long-awaited proposed rule for regulating pollution discharges into waters of the United States from 1,200 power plants nationwide, as well as from any new plants.

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Waste, Water

EPA Releases Enforcement Maps

The EPA has released a new tool that allows the public to see graphical illustrations and maps of enforcement and compliance data for waste, air, and water programs across the country.

Posted in Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Waste, Water

Just One Word: Plastics

Much like Mr. McGuire in The Graduate, the DNR believes “there’s a great future in plastics.” A recent study commissioned by the DNR found that Wisconsin could increase its plastics recycling, and in so doing, realize substantial economic rewards and … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Waste

DNR Releases Guidance on Adaptive Management

The DNR has just released its long-anticipated “Adaptive Management Technical Handbook.” The 107-page Handbook is designed to help describe adaptive management and how to develop a successful adaptive management strategy for phosphorus discharges.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Waste, Water

EPA Plans to Issue Additional Notice of Data Availability for Coal Ash Rule

EPA officials have announced that the agency will issue another notice of data availability before it can promulgate a final rule addressing coal combustion residuals from coal-fired power plants. Although no timeline has been announced, BNA Bloomberg is reporting that … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Waste

EPA Finalizes Boiler MACT Rules

The EPA has issued its long-delayed revised final rules (Revised Final Rules: Area. Major. CISWI.) imposing the first-ever limits on emissions for mercury, acid gases and fine particulate matter, or soot, from boilers and incinerators. The three final rules provide … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Waste

DNR Recommends Changes to the E-Cycle Program

The DNR has released its E-Cycle Wisconsin 2012 report, which includes program results, updates on compliance with electronics disposal bans, policy recommendations and more.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Waste

DNR Retrospective Review of Rules

In April 2012, the DNR launched a retrospective review of administrative rules impacting small business in response to Gov. Walker’s “Executive Order #61 Relating to Job Creation and Small Business Expansion.” The agency is now accepting comments on the draft … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources, Energy, Waste, Water

Obama’s Second Term: Energy & Environmental Policy

Various news sources preview what Pres. Obama’s energy and environmental policy could look like in his second term.

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