General Program Announcements

DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin

The Department of Natural Resources announced two new water quality initiatives as part of Governor Evers’ Year of Clean Drinking Water declaration for 2019.

This week the DNR worked with Department of Health Services (DHS) to ask the health agency to review 40 contaminants for possible groundwater quality standards. This work comes on the heels of the department asking DHS last spring to review an initial 27 contaminants, including two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals that have been used for decades in numerous products, such as non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain resistant sprays and firefighting foam.

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Remediation & Redevelopment Seeks Program Director

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking a diverse, qualified, and talented candidate pool for the Remediation & Redevelopment (RR) Program Director position.

The deadline to apply for this position is March 13, 2019. The position is based in Madison, Wis.

This is a critical position in the agency. The director serves as the leader and strategist in developing and directing a comprehensive, statewide program, assuring that applicable state laws are met. Among other duties, this position directs and provides oversight for all policy development, technical work, program administration, planning, legislative and intergovernmental liaison work, and personnel and fiscal management related to the proper management and implementation of remediation and redevelopment work.

If you are interested in the position, please see the job description, which also contains information on how to apply.

NR 700–754 Rule Development Meeting on March 5, 2019

On March 5, 2019, the Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) program will host a meeting to provide information and seek input on the development of revisions to select provisions of Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination.

This meeting is part of a series of rule development meetings that the RR program will host as it develops proposed rule revisions. The March 5, 2019, meeting will include:

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DNR RR Program Seeking Applicants for Web/Publications Coordinator Position

The Wisconsin DNR seeks to fill a position with the Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) program in the Madison office (GEF 2).

The deadline to apply is February 24, 2019. 

Web and Publications Coordinator: The Web and Publications Coordinator directs intranet development and supports internet content development across the RR Program. The position supports program business functions through information systems including organizing web content, managing information storage and display, web page formatting, text conversion, and web publishing. The position identifies opportunities for use of the web and new IS technology, participates in planning, coordinating, and implementing new or modified web services and trains employees in preparation of information for delivery to customers.

Please see the job announcement for additional information.

RR Program Case Closure Form Certification Page Updated

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program has updated its Case Closure Form 4400-202 to reflect the requirements of Personnel Qualifications for Conducting Environmental Response Actions, as described in Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 712.

Updates to the form regarding NR 712 only effect the final page (page 11), where you will notice a disclaimer: “This page has been updated as of February 2019 to comply with the requirements of Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 712.” No other changes have been made to the form and the updated version remains dated August, 2016 (R 8/16).

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Darsi Foss Named Administrator of Environmental Management Division at DNR

Darsi Foss has been named Division Administrator for the Environmental Management (EM) Division. Along with the Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program, the EM Division also consists of the Air Management, Drinking Water and Groundwater, Office of Great Waters, Waste and Materials Management and the Water Quality programs.

Foss has been at the helm of the RR Program since 2014 and served as the Program’s Brownfields and Outreach Section Chief from 1998 to 2014.

Foss leaves the RR Program well-positioned to meet the demands and challenges in the months ahead as it not only oversees cleanup and redevelopment efforts around the state, but as the Program works through revisions to the NR 700-799 rules and issues regarding emerging chemical contamination, including PFAS.

Darsi starts her new position as part of the DNR management team on February 17.

Brownfields Study Group Member Karen Dettmer to Lead Milwaukee Water Utility

Karen Dettmer has been named to head up the Milwaukee Water Works. The Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Works Committee unanimously approved the appointment during its January 23, 2018 meeting.

Dettmer, a licensed engineer who’s held various positions with the City of Milwaukee, has been a formal member of the Wisconsin Brownfields Study Group since May 2015.

Most recently, Dettmer was the public works coordination manager for Milwaukee’s Dept. of Public Works. Before that, she spent several years with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee.

 

Public Comment Open Now on Glatfelter Settlement to Clean up Fox River

Papermaker P.H. Glatfelter has agreed to pay $20.5 million to reimburse past and future EPA costs to clean up PCBs in Fox River sediment in a settlement with the US EPA and the US DOJ.

The settlement requires Glatfelter to assume responsibility for cleanup tasks, as well as the long-term monitoring and maintenance that will continue for years following dredging and a cap installation that is scheduled to be finished this year.

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Snapshot: January 2019 PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides a monthly update on the status of Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA program budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for January 2019.

Number Value
Claims Received 73 $328,256
Claims Paid 116 $811,824
Claims in Audit Line (as of 1/31/19) 22 $94,339
Total Paid Biennium to Date $11,222,439