Semi-annual reporting for the period of July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 is due January 30, 2020. Semi-annual reporting is required of responsible parties (RPs) for all “open” sites, including those sites the DNR formerly classified as “conditionally closed” in the BRRTS online database. Consultants may submit these reports on behalf of the RPs.
An email from the DNR with your unique report identification number was sent during the first week of January 2020. If you did not receive an email, you can request a Report ID number by submitting the Report ID Request Form. The Report ID number you will receive uniquely identifies the activity for which you wish to report, the reporting period, and verifies the person using the ID is authorized to submit the report. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Zeichert at (608) 266-5788.
Semi-annual reports are required by state law of persons who meet the definition of responsible party in NR 700. Therefore, property owners, such as local governments that have an exemption under Wis. Stats. §§ 292.11(9)(e) or 292.23 and lenders that have an exemption under Wis. Stats. § 292.21 for specific properties are not required to submit a semi-annual report under state law for those exempt properties.
Sites formerly classified by the DNR as “conditionally closed” are those that have not been granted case closure and, by definition, have remaining action(s) needed (e.g, properly abandoning monitoring wells or investigative waste needing to be removed). Semi-annual reporting for these otherwise open sites should indicate what actions are being taken to complete the remaining actions.
This semi-annual reporting requirement replaces PECFA annual web reporting. Consultants and responsible parties were previously required to inform the agency of the progress and the estimated cost of work remaining in the investigation for PECFA-eligible sites. Now, submission of the semi-annual online form satisfies PECFA’s requirement to report progress. A separate PECFA web report is not required.
The next reporting period is from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. A future RR Report article will contain specific details.