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.
Foundation Testifies on Mercury EmissionsMay 21, 2013
The Great Lakes Legal Foundation testified at the May 21 meeting of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Board Agenda Item 2.A.1. – Approval of the Department’s recommendation contained in the report to the Board on Wisconsin’s State Mercury Air Emission Rule.
The Foundation supported the Department’s recommendation to modify the state mercury rule to begin second phase emissions reductions on April 16, 2016, rather than the current January 1, 2015 compliance date. However, the Foundation testified that this recommendation is unnecessary and based on a flawed reading of the law.
Air Quality Looking UpMay 8, 2013
The DNR’s new Air Quality Trends website allows visitors to the site to see ozone and fine particles (PM2.5) monitoring data for the state on a county by county basis.
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 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.
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.”
New Factsheet Available for Local Water PlantsMarch 27, 2013
Depending on the type of equipment they use and the air pollutants emitted from that equipment, some local wastewater treatment plants and water supply systems in Wisconsin may be required to get an air pollution control permit from Wisconsin DNR.
A new factsheet, WWTP and Water Supply Systems – Do I Need an Air Pollution Permit?, has been developed to help operators of wastewater treatment plants and water supply systems determine whether they need to get an air pollution permit, as well as the requirements for emergency engines or generators used at these facilities.
GAO Report Connects Water and Air PollutionMarch 6, 2013
EPA Releases Enforcement MapsFebruary 14, 2013
The EPA has released a new tool that allows the public to see graphical illustrations and maps of enforcement and compliance data for waste, air, and water programs across the country.
EPA Updates Publicly Available Greenhouse Gas Emissions DataFebruary 8, 2013
The EPA has posted the second year of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions data on its website, which provides public access to emissions data by sector, by greenhouse gas, and by geographic region such as county or state.
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.
D.C. Circuit Denies Requests to Rehear CSAPR CaseFebruary 1, 2013
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declined to rehear EME Homer City Generation LP v. EPA, the case in which the court vacated the EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
Court Rejects EPA Implementation Plan for PM StandardFebruary 1, 2013
In Natural Resource Defense Council v. EPA (D.C. Cir. No. 08-1250 et al.), the D.C. Circuit ordered EPA to revise its rules governing how states implement the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
EPA Publishes Final RICE RuleFebruary 1, 2013
On January 15, in compliance with settlement agreements, the EPA released its final rule amending the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and revising the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Stationary Internal Combustion Engines (SI). The final RICE and SI rule applies to diesel backup generator engines that are primarily used by hospitals, industrial facilities, data centers, water and sewage plants, oil and gas producers, and other large facilities in response to grid emergencies or as an alternative to grid-based electricity during periods of high demand.
WPS Settles with EPAFebruary 1, 2013
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) has agreed to a settlement with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves allegations that WPS failed to obtain proper permits for new facility constructions and expansions during 1994-2009, a violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Compliance Dates set for Boiler MACTFebruary 1, 2013
EPA Finalizes Boiler MACT RulesJanuary 14, 2013
The EPA has issued its long-delayed revised final rules (Revised Final Rules: Area. Major. CISWI.) imposing the first-ever limits on emissions for mercury, acid gases and fine particulate matter, or soot, from boilers and incinerators. The three final rules provide several additional years for full compliance in an effort to minimize job and economic impacts.