Daily Archives: October 9, 2011

Seven States Fight Back Against USEPA’s CSAP Regulation

Seven state attorney’s general have filed a petition for review of the Cross-State Air Pollution rule.  Click here for the news article.

Click hear for the actual petition challenging the USEPA rule.

St Johns River Water Management District (Florida) shake-up

Yes…I think there may be a pattern in Florida…although the word “corruption” is not specifically used in this article…click here for a summary of what’s happening at the St. Johns Water Management District.

St. Johns River

Source: http://www.floridafishinglakes.net/st.johns_county_fishing.html

$75 Billion needed for New York City water and sewer infrastructure

Getting more $$ from the federal government dole is the first strategy state and local governments use to meet their infrastructure funding needs. The problem is, there is not enough free or low interest government money to pay for all of it.

A healthy and robust local and national economy are a prerequisite to having a sustainable drinking water and sewer system. Groups like the American Society of Civil Engineers have a vested interest in high estimates of infrastructure needs and in supporting federal loan programs like the Drinking Water Revolving Loan fund, since their members benefit by designing infrastructure improvements. Such federal loan programs are useful, but they simply will not and cannot address the long term sustainability needs.

Click here for the news article.

H.R. 2401: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011

H.R.2401
Latest Title: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
Sponsor:
Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1] (introduced 6/24/2011)  Cosponsors (44)
Related Bills: H.RES.406H.R.1705
Latest Major Action: 9/26/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
House Reports: 112-208

Click here for the House Report 112-208.

SUMMARY AS OF:
6/24/2011–Introduced.

Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 – Requires the President to establish the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States to analyze and report on the cumulative and incremental impacts of covered rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning air, waste, water, and climate change for each of calendar years 2016, 2020, and 2030.

Requires such analysis to include: (1) estimates of the impacts of the such rules and actions on the global economic competitiveness of the United States, electricity prices, fuel prices, employment, and the reliability and adequacy of bulk power supply in the United States; and (2) a discussion and an assessment of the cumulative impact on consumers, small businesses, regional economies, state, local, and tribal governments, local and industry-specific labor markets, and agriculture.

Includes among “covered rules” specified national standards for air quality and air pollutants and hazardous and solid waste and other rules promulgated under specified provisions of the Clean Air Act on or after January 1, 2009.

Defines “covered action” as any action on or after such date by the EPA, a state, a local government, or a permitting agency as a result of the application of specified Clean Air Act (CAA) provisions with respect to an air pollutant that is identified as a greenhouse gas.

Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to increase and extend appropriations for FY2012-FY2016 for diesel emissions reduction.