NR 700 Series Rules

Request for NRB adoption of permanent rule RR-10-17 (NR 700)

On February 24, 2021, the DNR will present a proposed permanent rule to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for adoption. The proposed rule, board order RR-10-17, will be posted online as part of the NRB’s agenda.

The proposed rule changes to Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700-799 implement statutory changes made under 2015 Wis. Act 204 and 2017 Wis. Act 70 and makes code clarifications and updates needed since the last set of rule revisions occurred in 2013.

If adopted by the NRB, the DNR will send the proposed rules to the Governor for approval followed by legislative review.

For additional information on the proposed rule, please visit: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Brownfields/RuleChanges.html.

NRB public participation guidelines are available at: https://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/public.html.

 

Public Input Opportunity – Publication RR-082, Guidance: NR 700 Semi-Annual Site Progress Report, Wis. Admin Code § NR 700.11(1)(a)

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program is now seeking input on the publication RR-082, Guidance: NR 700 Semi-Annual Site Progress Report, Wis. Admin Code § NR 700.11(1)(a).

The purpose of the guidance is to provide information regarding semi-annual progress reports, which are required of responsible parties for open remediation sites.

The document can be found at the RR Program’s Public Notices & Guidance web page under the “Program Guidance” tab.

Comments may be submitted through February 17, 2021 to Tim Zeichert at Timothy.Zeichert@wisconsin.gov or DNRRRGuidance@wisconsin.gov.

NR 700 Reporting Due January 30

Semi-annual reporting for the period of July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 is due by January 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.

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Public comment period for NR 700 proposed rule changes ends Oct. 23, 2020

Please be reminded that the public comment period for emergency rule RR-11-17(E) and proposed permanent rule RR-10-17 is open now through October 23, 2020. Details on how to provide comments are included in the public hearing notice.

These rule changes affect the Wis. Admin. Code NR 700 rule series related to remediation of hazardous substance discharges and environmental pollution. The changes relate to implementation of 2015 Wisconsin Act 204 and 2017 Wisconsin Act 70, direction for cleanup of sites with contaminated sediments, and other changes needed to update, clarify, and promote consistency within Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700-799.

Further information on this rulemaking can be found on the NR 700-799 rule changes web page at: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Brownfields/RuleChanges.html.

Public hearing for NR 700 proposed rule changes on Oct. 16, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that it will hold a public hearing on October 16, 2020, to receive public comment and feedback on emergency rule RR-11-17(E) and proposed permanent rule RR-10-17. The DNR will hold one public hearing for both rules. The hearing will be held via Skype. Meeting registration and details are available in the public hearing notice.

Written comments on the rules may be submitted any time before or on October 23, 2020. Details on how to provide comments are included in the public hearing notice.

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NR 700 Reporting Due July 30

Semi-annual reporting for the period of January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 is due July 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 DNR with your unique report identification number was sent during the first week of July 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.

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Public meeting for input on proposed emergency rule RR-11-17E

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program will host the second of two public meetings to seek input on the development of revisions to Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700–799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination.

The meeting will focus on gathering input regarding proposed emergency rules (board order RR-11-17E). The proposed emergency rules implement statutory financial assurance requirements under 2015 Wis. Act 204 that apply to certain types of sites with contaminated sediment.

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Public meetings for input on proposed emergency rule RR-11-17E

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program will host two public meetings to seek input on the development of revisions to Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700–799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination.

These meetings will focus on gathering input regarding proposed emergency rules (board order RR-11-17E). The proposed emergency rules implement statutory financial assurance requirements under 2015 Wis. Act 204 that apply to certain types of sites with contaminated sediment.

  • The first meeting will be held via Skype from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
  • The second meeting will be held via Skype from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020.

If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Molly Schmidt and specify whether you will attend the first meeting, second meeting, or both meetings.

The Skype links and meeting materials for each meeting are available at: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Brownfields/RuleChanges.html, along with further information regarding this rulemaking effort.

Natural Resources Board Considers Emergency Rule May 27

On May 27, 2020, the department will present proposed emergency rules to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for adoption. The proposed emergency rules implement statutory financial assurance requirements that apply to certain types of sites with contaminated sediment. When available, the proposed emergency rule board order RR-11-17E will be posted online as part of the NRB’s agenda.

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DNR Solicitation of Economic Impacts on Proposed Revisions to chs. NR 700 to 799

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently developing revisions to Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700-799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination, and seeks your feedback on the economic impacts of these proposed rule revisions.

The DNR is proposing these rule revisions to attain consistency with statutory revisions made by 2017 Wis. Act 70 and 2015 Wis. Act 204, including revisions relating to contaminated sediments, and to update references and clarify requirements and procedures as needed since the last set of rule revisions became effective in 2013.

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