On a party line vote of 58-39, the Wisconsin General Assembly sent a high-profile bill to Governor Scott Walker's desk for consideration yesterday which would make substantial changes to existing permitting and environmental regulation to open a large iron mine near Lake Superior. Despite the objections of environmental groups and Native American tribes, the Governor is expected to sign the bill and in a statement he praised lawmakers for streamlining the regulatory review process in order to help create needed new high-skilled jobs.

A story appeared in today's FuelFix, which is run by the Houston Chronicle, highlighting the large amounts of hazardous waste generated by the solar industry in California. According to a study conducted by the AP that used data from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, 17 of the state's largest 41 solar manufacturers generated over 46 million pounds of sludge and contaminated water from 2007 to 2011.

Remember Nollan and Dolan?  The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a case which the Florida Supreme Court calls the clearest inconsistency in the interpretation of the scope of Nollan and Dolan in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  CSG signed onto an amicus brief filed by State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) in this case.  

Need a Nollan and Dolan refresher?  In these cases the U.S. Supreme Court held that when the government requests the dedication of land as a condition for issuing a permit there must be an “essential nexus” between the dedication of land and denying the permit and “rough proportionality” between the dedication of land and the impact of the development.   

Remember Nollan and Dolan?  The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a case which the Florida Supreme Court calls the clearest inconsistency in the interpretation of the scope of Nollan and Dolan in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  CSG signed onto an amicus brief filed by State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) in this case.  

Need a Nollan and Dolan refresher?  In these cases the U.S. Supreme Court held that when the government requests the dedication of land as a condition for issuing a permit there must be an “essential nexus” between the dedication of land and denying the permit and “rough proportionality” between the dedication of land and the impact of the development.   

Attendees at this session learned what’s next for state leaders with regard to energy and the environment. Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal shared his experiences as leader of one of the most active states for natural resource development. He also discussed the challenges facing states in the coming months and years. This session also featured a discussion about the growing role sustainability plays in the management and balance sheets of private sector companies.

Environmental sustainability has become important to industry in their way of doing business and ultimately corporate bottom lines.

Speakers from three businesses shared their efforts with the CSG Energy and Environment Policy Task Force Sunday morning.

This Act creates a property right in the development of wind energy. The Act provides that the property right is an interest in real property. It is attached to the surface estate and cannot be severed from the surface estate.

States and local governments provide more than1,000 incentive programs to encourage energy efficiency. Some economists suggest the benefits of these programs are questionable and some efficiency mandates or programs wind up encouraging more, rather than less, energy consumption - which is referred to as a rebound effect. The concept has stirred strong debate in research groups and think tanks that provide lessons for states as they develop new or monitor existing efficiency programs.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently released its 2011 Fisheries of the United States Report which found that commercial and recreational fish catches were at their highest levels since 1994. 

On Thursday, September 13, the House overwhelmingly approved a six month continuing resolution by a vote of 320-91 to keep the federal government running through March 2013. Tucked away in the stop-gap measure is a small provision to restore cuts inadvertently made by Congress in the transporation reauthorization bill to the abandoned mine lands (AML) program for all states with the exception of Wyoming.

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