Reports on substances used; wastewater fee.
Financial interest prohibited.
Uniform transboundary pollution reciprocal access act.
Collection and disposal of products containing 2,4,5-T and silvex.
Manufacture and purchase of polychlorinated biphenyls.
Sale and delivery of dry cleaning solvent.
Fire fighting foam containing PFAS.
Products containing mercury.
Products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.
Medical waste management.
Confidentiality of records; used oil collection facilities and used oil fuel facilities.
Environmental protection requirements for tank vessels.
Open burning on commercial vessels.
Environmental cooperation pilot program.
Green Tier Program.
Environmental Compliance Audit Program.
Hearings; procedure; review.
Enforcement; duty of department of justice; expenses.
Penalties and remedies.
In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
“Environmental pollution" means the contaminating or rendering unclean or impure the air, land or waters of the state, or making the same injurious to public health, harmful for commercial or recreational use, or deleterious to fish, bird, animal or plant life.
“Groundwater" means any of the waters of the state occurring in a saturated subsurface geological formation of rock or soil.
“Hazardous substance" means any substance or combination of substances including any waste of a solid, semisolid, liquid or gaseous form which may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness or which may pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics. This term includes, but is not limited to, substances which are toxic, corrosive, flammable, irritants, strong sensitizers or explosives as determined by the department.
“Industrial wastes" include liquid or other wastes resulting from any process of industry, manufacture, trade or business or the development of any natural resource.
“Municipality" means any city, town, village, county, county utility district, town sanitary district, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district or metropolitan sewage district.
“Other wastes" include all other substances, except industrial wastes and sewage, which pollute any of the surface waters of the state. The term also includes unnecessary siltation resulting from operations such as the washing of vegetables or raw food products, gravel washing, stripping of lands for development of subdivisions, highways, quarries and gravel pits, mine drainage, cleaning of vehicles or barges or gross neglect of land erosion.
“Person" means an individual, owner, operator, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, municipality, interstate agency, state agency or federal agency.
“Sewage" means the water-carried wastes created in and to be conducted away from residences, industrial establishments and public buildings, as defined in s. 101.01 (12)
, with such surface water or groundwater as may be present.
“Sewerage system" means all structures, conduits and pipe lines by which sewage is collected and disposed of, except plumbing inside and in connection with buildings served, and service pipes from building to street main.
History: 1995 a. 227
Deadlines for action on certain applications. 299.05(1)(1)
In this section, “approval" means a license, registration, or certification specified in sub. (2)
The department shall establish periods within which the department intends to approve or disapprove an application for any of the following:
Notwithstanding s. 227.10 (1)
, the periods established by the department under par. (a)
need not be promulgated as rules under ch. 227
The department shall approve or disapprove an application for any of the following within 30 days from the date on which the department receives the application:
The department shall approve or disapprove an application for an oil or gas exploration license under s. 295.33 (1)
within 60 days from the date on which the department receives the application.
Subject to sub. (4)
, the department shall refund fees paid by the applicant for an approval if the department fails to provide the applicant with written notice that the department has approved or disapproved the application for the approval, including the specific facts upon which any disapproval is based, before the expiration of the period established under sub. (2)
for the approval.
Subject to sub. (4)
, if the department fails to provide the applicant for an approval with written notice that the department has approved or disapproved the application before the expiration of the period established under sub. (2)
for the approval, the applicant may choose to proceed under ch. 227
as though the department had disapproved the application by providing the department with written notice of that choice no later than 45 days after the expiration of the period established under sub. (2)
The department may not disapprove an application for an approval solely because the department is unable to complete its review of the application within the period established under sub. (2)
(3) Notice of deadline.
Upon receiving an application for an approval, the department shall inform the applicant of the period established under sub. (2)
for the license or other approval.
(4) Permitted extension of deadline.
The department may extend the period established under sub. (2)
because an application is incomplete if all of the following apply:
Within 14 days after receiving the application, the department provides written notice to the applicant describing specifically the information that must be provided to complete the application.
The information under par. (a)
is directly related to eligibility for the license or other approval or to terms or conditions of the license or other approval.
The information under par. (a)
is necessary to determine whether to approve the application or is necessary to determine the terms or conditions of the license or other approval.
The extension is not longer than the period equal to the number of days from the day on which the department provides the notice under par. (a)
to the day on which the department receives the information.
License denial, nonrenewal, and revocation based on delinquent taxes or unemployment insurance contributions. 299.07(1)(a)
Except as provided in par. (am)
, the department shall require each applicant to provide the department with the applicant's social security number, if the applicant is an individual, or the applicant's federal employer identification number, if the applicant is not an individual, as a condition of issuing or renewing any of the following:
If an individual who applies for the issuance or renewal of a license, registration or certification specified in par. (a)
does not have a social security number, the department shall require the applicant, as a condition of issuing or renewing the license, registration or certification, to submit a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation that the applicant does not have a social security number. The statement shall be in the form prescribed by the department of children and families.
A license, registration or certification specified in par. (a)
that is issued in reliance on a statement submitted under subd. 1.
is invalid if the statement is false.
The department may not disclose any information received under par. (a)
to any person except as follows:
To the department of revenue for the purpose of requesting certifications under s. 73.0301
and to the department of workforce development for the purpose of requesting certifications under s. 108.227
If the department is required to obtain the information under s. 299.08 (1) (a)
, to the department of children and families in accordance with a memorandum of understanding under s. 49.857
The department shall deny an application for the issuance or renewal of a license, registration or certification specified in sub. (1) (a)
, or shall revoke a license, registration or certification specified in sub. (1) (a)
, if the department of revenue certifies under s. 73.0301
that the applicant or holder of the license, registration or certification is liable for delinquent taxes.