Livestock Producers Petition EPA to Waive Ethanol MandateJuly 31, 2012
A group of livestock producers have petitioned the EPA to suspend the renewable fuel standard for one year in light of the drought gripping much of the country.
Prof. Asks: Is Flexible Regulation an Oxymoron?July 30, 2012
Thanks to Gov. Walker's Executive Order 61, which asks each state agencies to conduct a thorough review of its regulations and recommend for possible elimination or modification outdated and overly cumbersome regulations, Wisconsin's Administrative Code is undergoing its first comprehensive review in a long time. At the federal level, a similar project is under way, and it has sparked an interesting commentary from Prof. Cary Coglianese of the University of Pennsylvania, who wonders, "Is Flexible Regulation an Oxymoron?"
EPA Approves Wisconsin’s Phosphorous ProgramJuly 27, 2012
The EPA has approved Wisconsin’s program to reduce phosphorus levels in the Great Lakes and Wisconsin's inland waters as a revision to Wisconsin's federally-approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program under the Clean Water Act.
Cooling Water Rule DelayedJuly 26, 2012
The Obama administration has extended the deadline for setting a final rule on cooling water structures for industrial facilities to July 27, 2013. The rule, which is part of the Clean Water Act, seeks to design and locate the structures used to take in water for cooling water reservoirs at industrial facilities in a way that minimizes environmental consequences, specifically harm to aquatic life that may be pulled into the system or crushed against the water intake.
EPA Releases New Ozone DocumentsJuly 26, 2012
The EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is making available for public comment two draft assessment documents that describe the quantitative analyses the EPA is conducting as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone (O3).
Public Trust Doctrine Challenge Slows Development in MilwaukeeJuly 26, 2012
An environmental group is trying to stop development of a high-rise apartment building in Milwaukee because the group alleges the site is located on former Lake Michigan lakebed, and therefore subject to the Wisconsin Constitution’s public trust doctrine.
EPA Delays Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power PlantsJuly 25, 2012
The EPA is delaying implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS also known as Utility MACT) for new power plants based on new information provided by industry stakeholders after the rule was finalized. This reconsideration does not cover the standards set for existing power plants.
White House Weakened Particulate Matter StandardsJuly 24, 2012
The Washington Post is reporting that the White House forced the EPA to propose a slightly weaker standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) than the agency originally wanted.
DNR Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Wetlands General PermitJuly 23, 2012
A proposed general permit to streamline the wetland permitting process for some residential, commercial and industrial projects impacting wetlands is now out for public comment, and is the topic of a July 31 public informational hearing in Madison.
EPA’s Jackson Interviewed for Washington Post’s Background CheckJuly 20, 2012
The Washington Post has introduced a new feature where they do candid interviews with Beltline insiders about their lives on and off the clock. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was the Post's latest interviewee.