September Natural Resources Board MeetingSeptember 29, 2011
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board met September 27-28 in Kenosha. The Board held its business meeting on the 28th after spending the previous day on various educational tours. The majority of the agenda items concerned land and resource management, and concluded with presentations on blue-green algae and the development of biomass sustainability guidelines for the emerging bioenergy sector.
Governor Walker Calls Second Special Session on JobsSeptember 28, 2011
For the second time this year Governor Scott Walker has called the legislature into special session to address jobs. The "Back to Work Wisconsin" special session is expected to begin on Thursday, September 19, and run through November.
Walker’s announcement included a list of 26 pieces of legislation for the session. Several of the bills focus on streamlining Wisconsin’s regulatory system.
EPA & NHTSA Delay Fuel StandardsSeptember 28, 2011
The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were slated to release joint greenhouse gas and mileage standards for model years 2017-2025 cars and light trucks this week. However, the agencies have announced those rules will now be delayed until November.
EPA Extends Comments Period on NOx and SOx NAAQSSeptember 27, 2011
The EPA has extended the comment period for the proposed secondary air standards for sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides until October 10, 2011. According to the EPA, the 10 day extension comes at the request of stakeholders.
House Advances Train Wreck BillSeptember 26, 2011
The House approved, on September 23rd, a bill that requires that the cumulative effect of all EPA rules be analyzed by an inter-agency committee, and would also delay the implementation of EPA’s CSAPR and proposed MACT standards for toxic air pollutants from power plants.
EPA to Enforce 2008 Ozone StandardSeptember 23, 2011
Administrator Lisa Jackson, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, revealed the EPA will begin to implement the 2008 8-hour ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). The EPA also released a memo outlining the implementation process that includes a table listing 52 areas where air quality fails to meet the 2008 standard.
EPA Releases Plans for Regulatory ReformSeptember 21, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its final report identifying a number of regulations that it will target for modification or elimination in response to Executive Order 13563. The EPA’s report discusses 35 planned regulatory reviews in five main environmental areas.
Delay in New Ozone StandardSeptember 20, 2011
On September 2, 2011, President Obama decided to delay updating new ozone standards until 2013, when EPA is required to reconsider the standards. This delay is seen as a victory for regulated industry as it removes a small part of the EPA’s regulatory Train Wreck that threatens to burden regulated industries and ratepayers with much higher costs.
Regulating Coal Ash as a Hazardous Waste Could Increase Infrastructure CostsSeptember 20, 2011
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation has released a report detailing the increased costs the transportation infrastructure market would face if coal ash were regulated as a hazardous waste and made unavailable for inclusion in construction materials. The Economic Impacts of Prohibiting Coal Fly Ash Use in Transportation Infrastructure Construction estimates that over 20 years, the cost of not using coal ash would total $104.6 billion nationwide.
Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks and BusesSeptember 19, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on September 15th jointly issued the first ever greenhouse gas emissions requirements for heavy-duty trucks. The EPA adopted GHG emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and NHTSA adopted fuel efficiency standards under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).