Category Archives: Wisconsin Legislature

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

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Supreme Court

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

Assembly "Right the Rules" Process to Look at Water Regulations

As part of the “Right the Rules” regulatory reform process, the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry will be having an informational meeting on April 30 to discuss several water regulations, including NR 217 (Phosphorus) and NR 106 (Thermal Discharge).

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

Agencies Seeking Comments on Guidelines for Wetland Mitigation

In March 2012, Gov. Walker signed into law 2011 WI Act 118, which requires property owners to mitigate for wetland impacts if they receive permission to fill wetlands under an individual permit. Guidelines covering what counts as mitigation under the … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

Wisconsin's Wetland Reform Act

The February 2013 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, features an article by attorneys Paul Kent and Jordan Lamb on the recent changes to Wisconsin’s wetlands law and the progress being made by the DNR toward developing general wetlands permits.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

Legislature Focuses on Rules Review

Gov. Walker made clear in his State of the State Address, and with the coinciding release of the Small Business Regulatory Review Board report, that reforming Wisconsin’s Administrative Code is a priority for the state. The Assembly has now started … Continue reading

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WPRI Explores Wisconsin's Electric Past & Future

“Power Up!” an article in the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’s December 2012 issue of its magazine, Wisconsin Interest, explores Wisconsin’s electric generation history and the state’s current status relative to other states in the MISO (the Midwest Independent Transmission System … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Regulatory Train Wreck, Renewable Energy, Wisconsin Legislature

Wisconsin Electric Providers Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

All Wisconsin electric providers are in compliance with their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements for 2011, according to a recent Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) order. In addition, the majority of Wisconsin utilities have already achieved the increased percentage … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy, Wisconsin Legislature

Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin

A recent WisconsinEye Newsmakers event brought together experts on sand mining to discuss the boom in mining in Wisconsin, the regulatory challenges it presents, and the opportunity for further growth.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Waste, Wisconsin Legislature

Dane County Judge Rules Act 21 Unconstitutional Only as it Applies to the Department of Public Instruction

A Dane County Circuit Court judge has narrowly struck down a portion of 2011 Wisconsin Act 21, the regulatory reform bill passed during the 2011-12 Legislative Session and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

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