Frac Sand to be Discussed at State Bar CLEFebruary 29, 2012
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Government Lawyers Division and Administrative & Local Government Law Section are co-sponsoring a CLE event titled Current Issues in Land Use Law on March 15, 2012.
EPA Proposes Phase 3 of GHG Tailoring RuleFebruary 28, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency will not lower the existing thresholds in its tailoring rule for stationary emissions sources to obtain greenhouse gas permits, the agency said in a proposed rule released February 27, 2012.
Joint Natural Resources Board and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board MeetingFebruary 27, 2012
The Natural Resources Board (NRB) and the Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board (ATCPB) held a joint meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The Boards received presentations on Chronic Wasting Disease and Federal Funding, Farmland Preservation, and Nutrient Management and engaged in conversations about those issues. The following day, February 22, each board held its own meeting.
EPA Finalizes New Mercury Air Toxics StandardsFebruary 22, 2012
On February 16, 2012, the EPA published the final Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in the Federal Register. The purpose of these standards, according to the EPA’s website, is to reduce pollution created by coal and oil power plants.
EPA Accepting Comments on Proposed 1997 Ozone Standard RedesignationFebruary 15, 2012
The EPA is currently accepting comments on its proposal to redesignate the Milwaukee- Racine and Sheboygan areas to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard.
Court Broadens Towns’ Authority to Regulate Non-Metallic Mining through Police PowersFebruary 10, 2012
By Andrew Cook and Pat Osborne
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a decision that is likely to negatively affect not just the aggregate industry, but other related industries. The Court’s decision broadens Wisconsin towns’ authority to regulate certain types of land uses under the guise of its police powers, rather than through a zoning ordinance, which requires county board approval.
CSAPR UpdateFebruary 9, 2012
Although the underlying rule has been stayed by the courts, the EPA has released revisions to the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. Meanwhile, the court has set an expedited briefing schedule and announced the date of oral arguments.
Energy Information Administration Issues “Early Release” of Annual Energy OutlookFebruary 7, 2012
Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) prepares an Annual Energy Outlook which forecasts energy consumption and demand into the future. An “early release” of the 2012 edition of the Annual Energy Outlook projects natural gas will play an increasingly important role.
Several Major Rules at OMB for ReviewFebruary 6, 2012
The EPA has submitted several major environmental regulations that are part of the EPA’s train wreck of rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, one of the last steps before a rule is released to the public.
EPA Will Designate Kenosha County as Nonattainment for OzoneFebruary 3, 2012
Citing data from the state of Illinois, the EPA has announced it intends to revise its proposed designation for Kenosha County, and recommend it be designated nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. This decision by the EPA is unwelcome, as nonattainment designations carry with them substantial regulatory and related economic burdens.