Supreme Court Hears Case on Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Supreme Court Hears Case Determining Scope of EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Clean Air Act On Monday, February 24, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency.This is the first case since the Court’s Massachusetts v. EPA opinion to address the EPA’s authority […]

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DNR Continues Focus on Reform

Dept. of Natural Resources Sec. Cathy Stepp laid out her plans for 2014 in the latest edition of AgriView News. While the article focuses on DNR’s involvement with and oversight of the state’s agricultural community, the general push for transparency between the agency and the public and the emphasis on streamlining regulations is indicative of […]

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Mining Update: DNR Completes Review of Gogebic Taconite’s Bulk Sampling Plan

The Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it has completed its review of Gogebic Taconite’s revised Bulk Sampling Plan related to the company’s potential mining project in northern Wisconsin, and has identified all DNR approvals that will be required before bulk sampling may begin. The letter sent to Gogebic Taconite following the DNR’s review […]

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DNR Accepting Comments on Floodplain Guidance

In an effort to improve transparency and provide more opportunities for the public to give input on key natural resources decisions, the DNR has begun accepting public comments on proposed guidance. Programs in the agency develop guidance documents that direct staff on how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in a […]

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Last Floor Sessions of 2013

The Senate and Assembly have adjourned their last regular sessions for 2013. Both houses had busy agendas as they moved to get bills passed before the end of the calendar year. Elections and Politics The most contentious issues involved elections – from voting to recalls and redistricting. Party line votes and long debates were abundant. […]

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An Update on the Proposed Penokee Mine

WisconsinEye’s Steve Walters sat down with Ann Coakley and Larry Lynch of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to get an update on the application for the Gogebic Taconite mine proposal in Ashland and Iron counties.     In the interview, Coakley and Lynch discuss the boring of test holes and the bulk sampling plan […]

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Legislature Debating Nonmetallic Mining Law

 Iron ore mining features heavily in Wisconsin’s history, but that is not the only type of mining the state is known for. Wisconsin has long been considered one of the nation’s best sources of industrial sand and stone. While many quarries have dotted the landscape for past 100 years, the sand mining boom in Western […]

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DNR Releases Report on Water Use in Wisconsin

As part of Wisconsin’s participation in the Great Lakes Compact, water users capable of withdrawing 100,000 gallons per day are required to report their water usage for the previous year to the DNR by March 1 of each year. The DNR has released its summary of these reports for the 2012 calendar year. According to […]

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SCOTUS Takes Up Major Greenhouse Gas Case

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). Background In April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007), that greenhouse gases (GHG), including […]

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Legislature Plans Busy Fall Session

After spending summer away from the state house, legislators are back in Madison for the fall floor period. The Senate was back in session on September 17th, and the Assembly will be back in October. Both houses have ambitious plans for passing legislation now that the state budget is no longer dominating the legislature’s attention. […]

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