General Program Announcements

NR 700 Rules Meeting on January 9, 2020

On January 9, 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 700–799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination.

The meeting is part of a series of rule development meetings that the RR program is hosting to facilitate input as it develops proposed rule revisions.

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RR Program Seeks Hydrogeologists in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Fitchburg Offices

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring three Hydrogeologists – entry level or senior – to grow the Remediation and Redevelopment Program staff in the Fitchburg, Waukesha and Milwaukee offices.

The application deadline to apply for these positions is January 1, 2020.

Position descriptions for either the entry level position or senior position are available.

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Reminder: Required Form for Soil Boring Logs

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program reminds environmental consultants to use DNR’s soil boring log (DNR Form 4400-122) to document drilling performed at remediation sites.

Use of the agency’s soil boring log form is required in Wis. Admin. Code § NR 141.23(3) and NR 716.15(4)(g). You can download the form and instructions at the link above.

If you have questions, please contact your Project Manager.

 

DNR Awards $336,000 in WAM Funds to Nine Wisconsin Communities

Brownfields cleanup projects in nine communities across the state have gained momentum in recent weeks with the granting of awards worth a total of $336,000 from the Department of Natural Resources. The help comes from the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, which provides grants to eligible recipients in the form of contractor services to investigate potential soil or groundwater contamination at the site.

The communities that have received recent awards include Allouez, Appleton, Eleva, Janesville, Marinette, Prairie du Chien, Stoughton, Watertown and Winneconne.

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Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC) to meet November 14, 2019 in Madison

The first meeting of the Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC) will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 ,from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

 

The meeting will be held at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2) in Madison, Wisconsin, located at 101 S. Webster St. in Room G-09.

 

WisPAC is composed of state agencies charged with developing and coordinating statewide initiatives to address the growing PFAS health and environmental concern.  It was established via Governor Evers’ Executive Order #40

 

A public webpage for the Council contains a variety of meeting materials, along with Skype and WisLine options to participate remotely. There will be a set amount of time at the end of the meeting for questions or input from the public.

 

If attending in person, please RSVP to Ashley Hoekstra.

 

Questions about WisPAC? Please contact Bridget Kelly.

DNR Seeks Hydrogeologist for Northern Region

The Wisconsin DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment Program seeks a Hydrogeologist to fill an open position with its Northern Region team as either an entry level Hydrogeologist or a senior level Hydrogeologist.

The position will be based in the following locations: the Ladysmith office (Rusk County), the Spooner office (Washburn County) or the Superior office (Douglas County).

The deadline to apply for the position is Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

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Snapshot: October PECFA Financials

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

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for October, 2019.

Number  Value
Claims Received 90 $862,781
Claims Paid 111 $843,173
Claims in audit line (as of Oct. 31, 2019) 16 $199,344
Total Paid FY20 $2,183,942

 

Wisconsin Offering Accreditation for PFAS in Drinking Water, Aqueous (non-potable waters) and Solid Matrices

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources accredits laboratories to perform aqueous (non-potable water), solid and drinking water testing for many of the agency’s environmental programs. Certified and registered laboratories must meet all the criteria outlined in Ch. NR 149, Wis. Adm. Code.

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Vapor Intrusion: DOD Utility Study, Resources in Spanish and Concerns with TCE

DOD Utility Study

The DNR recently learned about a recent study on vapor migration within utilities. The study, funded by the Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), is titled Sewers and Utility Tunnels as Preferential Pathways for Volatile Organic Compound Migration into Buildings; Risk Factors and Investigation Protocol.

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Nov. 19 Deadline for State Letter of Acknowledgment for EPA ARC Grants

If your community or organization intends to apply for an EPA 2020 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund or Cleanup (ARC) Grant, EPA requires grant applicants, excluding tribal environmental authorities, to obtain a letter from the Wisconsin DNR acknowledging that the state is aware the applicant is applying for a federal grant to conduct brownfield assessment, revolving loan fund or cleanup activities.

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