SCOTUS Takes Up Major Greenhouse Gas CaseOctober 24, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and modified major stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
OMB Report Estimates Costs and Benefits of Regulatory StateJuly 15, 2013
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a draft of its annual Report to Congress on the Benefit and Costs of Federal Regulation, which is required by the Regulatory-Right-To-Know Act.
Pres. Obama Unveils Climate Change PlanJune 25, 2013
Pres. Obama has laid out a sweeping new climate change plan. The plan, which would cut carbon emissions in the United States and encourage other countries to do so as well, bypasses Congress, opting to achieve the president’s policy goals via executive action.
Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ A Conversation with former White House Counsel BoyJune 25, 2013
THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY FOR LAW & PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES
MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER PRESENTS:
Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ
A Conversation with former White House Counsel Boyden Gray
Moderated by the Honorable Randy Koschnick, Jefferson County Circuit Court
Thursday, June 27, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI
Program will begin at 5:15 p.m.
$15 Federalist Society Members
$20 Non-Federalist Society Members
(Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and beverages included)
Please RSVP by Monday, June 24th to:
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High Capacity Well Budget Provision Preserves Environmental Protections, Limits Regulatory UncertaintyJune 4, 2013
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.
Red Tape RisingMay 7, 2013
The Heritage Foundation has released a new white paper, “Red Tape Rising: Regulations in Obama’s First Term,” which analyzes the number and cost of regulations enacted during Pres. Obama’s first term.
EPA Proposes Standards for Vehicle Emissions and FuelsApril 26, 2013
EPA has proposed to significantly reduce emissions of conventional air pollutants from cars and trucks while at the same time reducing the amount of sulfur in the nation’s gasoline supply. The new rules, which are known as “Tier 3” emissions and fuel standards, attempt to harmonize federal emissions requirements with California state requirements, creating one national market for automobiles.
EPA Accepting Comments on Stormwater ProposalApril 26, 2013
The EPA has formally proposed revisions to its effluent guidelines for stormwater discharges from construction and development point sources. The proposed rule would make several revisions to the non-numeric requirements of the existing rule, as well as withdraw the numeric discharge standards.
EPA Revises Utility MATS Limits for New Power PlantsApril 26, 2013
On March 28, EPA finalized revisions to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS (also known as “Utility MACT”) for new power plants, which were originally promulgated in February 2012.
Is Sue to Settle the New Rulemaking Paradigm?April 25, 2013
A new blog post by Will Haun on the Federalist Society's Executive Branch Review, Suing, Settling, and the Separation of Powers, outlines the path some federal agencies are taking to avoid the formal rulemaking process and Congressional oversight. The blog takes an academic look at "'sue to settle' – an effort led by activist groups and some state governments to sue federal agencies in the hope of a settlement to enact rules favorable to the plaintiff’s goals. These settlements, some assert, sometimes exceed the underlying legal authority of the involved federal agency."
EPA Proposes Water Pollution Rules for New and Existing Power PlantsApril 24, 2013
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.
OMB Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Regulations issued in FY 2012April 23, 2013
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released its draft 2013 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Regulations, covering regulatory activity through the end of fiscal year 2012. Susan E. Dudley, Director of the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, questions some of the report’s methodology.
Settlement Shutters More Wisconsin Coal PlantsApril 22, 2013
The EPA, Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), and various co-defendants and co-plaintiffs, have entered into a settlement agreement which will significantly alter Wisconsin’s energy generation portfolio and cost over a billion dollars. This action is part of a larger EPA plan to “eliminate or minimize emissions from coal-fired power plants, cement plants, glass plants and acid plants, which have been shown to seriously affect human health and the environment, by ensuring that there are no under-controlled coal-fired electric generating units, cement, acid, or glass plants.”
Documenting & Discussing Executive OverreachApril 18, 2013
The Federalist Society has unveiled a new website aimed at sparking debate on executive overreach.
Retrospective Review at the Federal Level Adding BurdensApril 18, 2013
Sofie E. Miller, a policy analyst at George Washington University's Regulatory Studies Center, exposes the failure of the federal retrospective review of rules to generate benefits for the regulated community. Miller's analysis, summarized in Reducing Burdens? Tier 3 Tells Another Story, found that agencies may be adding new regulatory hurdles under the cover of the review program.
Sen. Johnson Announces Victims of Government ProjectApril 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has been a critic of government over-reach since taking office in 2011, now he is taking on excessive regulation as a specific target for reform with his new Victims of Government Project.
Environmental Decisions in the Face of UncertaintyMarch 27, 2013
Possible Executive Action on Climate ChangeFebruary 25, 2013
In his State of the Union address, Pres. Obama exhorted Congress to adopt a “bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change” and warned that if “Congress won’t act soon” he will direct his Cabinet to come up with “executive actions.” Various analyses of what the President's options might be are now being released.
Study Finds Obama Administration Added $236 Billion in Regulations in 2012February 11, 2013
The Obama administration issued $236 billion worth of new regulations last year, according to a report from American Action Forum.
EPA Files Response Brief in Utility MATS CaseFebruary 1, 2013
The EPA has filed its response brief in White Stallion Energy Center, LLC v. EPA, defending its Utility Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (Utility MATS) Rule from challenges from both industry and environmental groups that charge it is too strict and not strict enough, respectively.