White House Begins Review of Revised Boiler MACTJune 1, 2012
The EPA has completed its work on a final reconsideration of emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers, and the rule is now undergoing review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) - the final procedural hurdle that remains before the rule can be promulgated.
EPA Withdraws CSAPR Direct Final RuleJune 1, 2012
In a May 16, 2012 notice in the Federal Register, the EPA withdrew a direct final rule that would have revised emissions budgets and new unit set-asides for various states under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
PSC Approves CapX2020June 1, 2012
The state Public Service Commission voted to issue a certificate of need for a 345-kilovolt transmission line that will span a 48-mile stretch between Alma, WI, and Holmen, WI. The approval is the final portion of a $2 billion, 700-mile series of 345-kilovolt transmission lines, starting in the Dakotas, known as CapX2020.
Environmental Groups Press EPA to Regulate Carbon Dioxide From Existing Power PlantsJune 1, 2012
On May 24 the EPA held public hearings on its proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Bloomberg BNA's coverage of the event, written by Andrew Childers, provides insight into the wide-ranging opinions represented at the hearings in Washington DC and Chicago.
Study Finds New Facilities Will Not Achieve Proposed CO2 StandardJune 1, 2012
A new study by the University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (UCE3) examining the stringency of the EPA’s proposed CO2 performance standard for new electric generating units (EGUs) found that nearly 30 percent of the natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) facilities planned to be built through 2017 would fail to achieve the proposed standard despite the fact that these facilities employ the latest technology and are not burning coal.
“If I Wanted America to Fail” Video Highlights Energy & Environmental Policy ConcernsMay 14, 2012
A popular internet video modeled after Paul Harvey's classic essay, "If I Were the Devil," asks “What would you do if you wanted America to fail?” The answer, according to the video’s creators, is continue on America’s current energy and environmental policy path.
Lawsuits Filed Seeking Deadline on Final Coal Ash RuleMay 7, 2012
The EPA continues to drag its feet in issuing the final coal ash residuals rules, but some groups have filed lawsuits to speed the process. The EPA has said it would finalize the rule in 2012, and the lawsuits seek to hold EPA to that promise with a court-ordered deadline.
Interior Unveils Fracking RulesMay 4, 2012
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has released its long-awaited proposed rule to require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on public and Indian lands.
What the Frack?May 1, 2012
The Foundation has been posting a lot of articles recently about the EPA’s regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and frac sand mining in Wisconsin. It has come to our attention that reads could use a bit more background on what fracking actually is and why Wisconsinites are interested in the topic.
Wisconsin’s Wind Power CapacityApril 24, 2012
According to the Dept. of Energy, which relies on data from the American Wind Energy Association, Wisconsin’s wind production has increased from 23 to 631 megawatts (MW) over the past thirteen years.
Have Your Say: DNR & EPA Currently Accepting CommentsApril 20, 2012
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency are both accepting comments on a multitude of issues impacting Wisconsin businesses. The agencies are accepting comments on various air, water, and waste rules; and in addition, the DNR is also asking for help identifying burdensome and outdated rules.
Energy Department Identifies 245 MW of Untapped Hydropower Potential in WisconsinApril 18, 2012
The Energy Department recently released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop electric power generation at existing dams across the United States that aren't currently equipped to produce power. The report estimates that without building a single new dam, these available hydropower resources, if fully developed, could provide an electrical generating capacity of more than 12 gigawatts (GW).
EPA Finalizes Court-Ordered 'Fracking' RulesApril 18, 2012
In response to a court deadline, the EPA has finalized its long-awaited rules regulating air pollution from hydraulic fracturing. According to the EPA, the standards rely on technologies already in use at about half of the nation’s natural-gas wells, and these technologies will trap 95 percent of the harmful emissions from these wells.
Court Hears Oral Argument on Cross-State Air Pollution RuleApril 16, 2012
On April 13, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument on EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Court watchers who attended the arguments think the case could go either way based on the judges’ questioning.
Feds Increase Fracking OversightApril 13, 2012
President Obama signed an executive order Friday establishing the Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources. The group includes representation from many federal agencies, some of which are already studying, and in some cases proposing to regulate, natural gas drilling, including fracking.
Wisconsin Opts Out of Wind Energy ConsortiumApril 13, 2012
An agreement signed by 10 federal agencies and the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania, is designed to speed review of proposed offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes by increasing collaboration between federal and state agencies.
EPA Pushes E15 Effort ForwardApril 5, 2012
The EPA announced it has taken a step toward wide distribution of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers. Twenty ethanol makers have registered to sell E15, including Ace Ethanol LLC in Stanley, WI.
EPA Delays Fracking Air RulesApril 5, 2012
The EPA is again delaying the release of final air pollution standards for the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of natural gas wells. The agency requested the additional time to fully address the 156,000 public comments it received on the proposed rules.
EPA Rejects Wisconsin BACT AnalysisMarch 30, 2012
Bloomberg BNA recently published an article, EPA Tells Wisconsin Officials to Consider More Efficient Turbines in BACT Analysis, that draws attention to the EPA’s rejection of the DNR’s BACT analysis for Wisconsin's Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility.
Public Response to Proposed Power Plant GHG RulesMarch 28, 2012
Supporters and detractors of the recently proposed rule to limit greenhouse gas emission from existing power plants all agree that the rule will limit the construction and use of coal-burning power plants. GLLF provides a summary of the biggest stories from the Wisconsin and national media.