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Now Available – Guidance: Wisconsin Vapor Quick Look-Up Table and History of Changes to Vapor Action Levels (VAL), Vapor Risk Screening Levels (VRSL) and Attenuation Factors (AF) for Common Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in Wisconsin

The publications Guidance: Wisconsin Vapor Quick Look-Up Table (RR-0136) and Guidance: History of Changes to Vapor Action Levels, Vapor Risk Screening Levels and Attenuation Factors for Common Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in Wisconsin (RR-0137) are now posted and available online.

The Guidance: Wisconsin Vapor Quick Look-Up Table (RR-0136) includes indoor air vapor action levels (VALs) and vapor risk screening levels (VRSLs) for volatile organic compounds frequently encountered at remediation sites. Important updates to note with the latest version include:

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Environmental Liability Exemptions in the VPLE Program

The cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties has become a critical land use issue for public and private entities across the country. These brownfields – abandoned or underused properties where redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination – are often the key to a successful community redevelopment project.

Many developers, lenders and prospective purchasers of brownfields choose to enroll in the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) program versus a traditional cleanup path, since the VPLE provides certain liability assurances helpful to investors as well as future property owners.

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New Mailing Address For DNR’s Milwaukee Office

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Southeast Region’s Milwaukee office has relocated.

The new mailing address for the Milwaukee office is:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

1027 W St. Paul Ave.

Milwaukee, WI  53233

Going forward, all reports, fees or other communications to DNR’s Milwaukee office should be sent to the new address. This includes any materials that you’d send via US Postal Service, FedEx, UPS or any other delivery service.

As a reminder, customers are strongly encouraged to submit documents online the RR Program Submittal Portal.

For more information about online submittals, including how to use the document uploader, please see the Guidance for Submitting Documents (RR-690). You may also contact your Project Manager if you have questions.

ITRC Comprehensive Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Training September 14 And 28

The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) will again offer online, comprehensive vapor intrusion training based on recent, technical guidance from the national group.

The upcoming live webinars will cover the purpose and use of the December 2020 comprehensive web-based series of technical resources for Vapor Intrusion Mitigation.

Staff from the Wisconsin DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment Program participated in the development of both the technical resources and training.

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Reminder: Issues & Trends Webinar on August 17, 2021: PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants – Site Investigation Scoping

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program reminds you that the next webinar in the Issues & Trends series will take place next week on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The scheduled presentation is: PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants – Site Investigation Scoping.

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Now Available: Publication RR-115, Guidance: Contaminated Sediments Fact Sheet

Following a public comment period and consideration of the comments received, the publication RR-115, Guidance: Contaminated Sediment Fact Sheet, is now posted and available online.

The document can be found here. Additional documents and guidance from the Remediation and Redevelopment Program may be found using the search tools available on the publications and forms webpage.

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Now Available: Publication RR-606, Guidance on the Case Closure Process and Continuing Obligations: Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 725 to 727

Following a public comment period and consideration of the comments received, the publication RR-606, Guidance on the Case Closure Process and Continuing Obligations: Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 725 to 727 is now posted and available online.

The document can be found here. Additional documents and guidance from the Remediation and Redevelopment Program may be found using the search tools available on the publications and forms webpage.

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DNR Awards Brownfields Grant To City Of Bloomer

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the site of a former agricultural cooperative on the north side of the City of Bloomer is on its way to being cleaned up with help from a grant from the department.

The financial award is from the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies program, which provides contractor services worth up to $35,000 for eligible sites. The DNR awarded the grant to the city of Bloomer for a property that local officials say may be in a position for redevelopment once the environmental contamination at the property is better defined.

“Local officials will have the opportunity to market this property—located in an established industrial park—once they get more information regarding the contamination,” said Jodie Peotter, DNR Brownfields, Outreach and Policy Section Chief, Remediation and Redevelopment Program. “The city has already seen interest in the property.”

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DNR’s RR Program Hiring South Central Region Program Supervisor

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hiring a Regional Program Supervisor within the Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program.

This position is located in the South Central Region office, located at the DNR’s Fitchburg Service Station. The deadline to apply is July 19, 2021.

This person hired for this position will administer and manage the RR Program in the South Central Region. Duties will include developing specific work plans with detailed goals and objectives for program staff, monitoring and enforcing compliance with relevant statutes and other policies and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to support program objectives. The person hired for this position will also supervise a team of permanent staff and limited term employment (LTE) staff within the program.

You’re encouraged to review the full position description here.

NR 700 Reporting Due July 30, 2021

Semi-annual reporting for the period of January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 is due by July 30, 2021. 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 RPs.

An email from the DNR with a unique Report Identification (ID) number was sent during the first week of July 2021 to contacts of sites listed in the database. 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 uniquely identifies the activity for which you wish to report, the reporting period, and verifies the person using the Report ID is authorized to submit the report. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Zeichert at Timothy.Zeichert@wisconsin.gov or (608) 219-2240.

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