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Environmental management regulations
This is an ongoing listing of legal requirements and regulations in the environmental management area that either are, or have the potential to be, applicable to University of Wisconsin System campus operations. Our office endeavors to keep this listing as current and complete as possible; however, we make no claim that it covers all applicable aspects of environmental legal and regulatory requirements. Links are provided for the convenience of the user.
Office of Risk Management
University of Wisconsin System Administration
[ Note : As is the case with all electronic versions of the statutes, the statutes on these links cannot be certified under s. 35.18 , Wis. Stats. Only the printed Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations can be certified.]
Establishment of state agency solid waste resource recovery and recycling program at 16.15.
Storage of highway salt at s. 85.17, Stats.
Agricultural chemical storage.
Refrigeration equipment and ozone-depleting refrigerant at s. 101.177, Stats.Chapter 254 — Environmental health
Lead, asbestos, radiation protection, recreational sanitation, animal-borne and vector-borne disease control.
Groundwater and water wells.
General water resource statute.
Water pollutant discharge systems.
Air pollution statute.
Solid waste recycling, landfill bans.
Solid waste facility standards and siting; Solid waste open burning standards; Commercial PCB waste storage and treatment facilities; Disposal of certain dredged materials; Tire dumps; Disposal and treatment records; Disposal and burning of low-level radioactive waste.
Hazardous waste statute.
Includes hazardous substance releases and reporting.
Permit guarantee program. Laboratory certification program. Pollution prevention. Wastewater reporting and wastewater fee. Groundwater protection. Collection and disposal of products containing 2.4.5-T and silvex. Manufacture and purchase of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Sale and delivery of dry cleaning solvent. Medical waste management. Used oil fuel. Environmental protection requirements for tank vessels. Environmental Results Program and Environmental Improvement Program (Green Tier).
EPCRA planning, notification and reporting.
[ Note : According to the Revisor of Statutes Bureau, the printed volumes of the Wisconsin Administrative Code should be consulted for the official text.]
Report and fee requirements for WPDES permit holders.
Runoff pollution performance standards for agricultural, non-agricultural, and transportation facilities.
Procedures for the storage, collection, transportation, processing, sampling, and final disposal of PCBs and products containing PCBs taken out of service for disposal. (These provisions do not affect PCBs and products containing PCBs in use).
Discharge permits requirements. Permits are required for discharges from point sources to surface waters of the state and additionally to land areas where pollutants may percolate, seep to, or be leached to groundwater. This includes the land application of sludge.
Rules for reporting discharges to municipal or domestic treatment systems.
Definitions and abbreviations used in chs. NR 200 to 299. Permit general conditions for all WPDES permits and procedures to be used for issuing general WPDES permits.NR 211 — General pretreatment requirements
Sets the responsibilities of industrial users in preventing the discharge into publicly owned treatment works of pollutants which will interfere with the operation of the POTW, which will pass through the POTW treatment works insufficiently treated, or which will impair the use or disposal of POTW sludge.
Requirements used to determine total maximum pollutant loadings and corresponding water quality related effluent limitations.
A list of toxic pollutants. No discharge shall contain quantities of these pollutants greater than those which would remain after the discharge had received treatment by the best available technology economically achievable or greater than any lesser quantity necessary to provide an ample margin of safety.
WPDES storm water permit criteria for certain industrial facilities, construction sites and municipal separate storm sewer systems.
Effluent standards for phosphorus.
Prescribes sampling methodology for WPDES monitoring requirements.
Lists the categories and classes of point sources other than publicly owned treatment works for which effluent limitations, standards of performance, pretreatment standards, standards for toxic substances, and other standards are established.
Definitions applicable to NR 400 thru 499.
Air quality control regions. Criteria pollutants. Primary and secondary ambient air quality standards (re: NAAQS).
Requirements and procedures for reviewing and issuing air pollution control permits to all new major stationary sources and all major modifications to major sources located in attainment or unclassified areas.
Applies to all fleet operators with 10 or more covered fleet vehicles which can be centrally fueled and which operate in the counties of Kenosha , Milwaukee , Ozaukee, Racine , Washington and Waukesha .
Standards for recovery of regulated refrigerants, including registration, worker qualifications, training, recordkeeping, transportation.
Select references to “laboratory” in NR 400 series
NR 400.02 (90) ................ Definition of laboratory
NR 406.04 (1)(j) ............... Potential exemption from construction permit requirements.
NR 407.03 (1)(o) .............. Potential exemption from operation permit requirements.
NR 445.04 (1)(c)3. ........... Control of hazardous air pollutants. Exemption for laboratory emissions, for sources last constructed or modified between October 1, 1988 and July 1, 2004.
NR 445.05 (1)(c)3. ........... Control of hazardous air pollutants. Exemption for laboratory emissions, for sources constructed or last modified on or before October 1, 1988.
NR 445.07 (5)(c) .............. Emission thresholds, standards, control requirements for all hazardous air contaminants. Exemption for laboratory emissions.
Ch. NR 463, subch. I ......... Chromium emissions from hard and decorative chromium electroplating and chromium anodizing tanks. Some research laboratory exemptions.
Ch. NR 465 ........................ National emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for general surface coating processes. Some research laboratory exemptions.
Ch. NR 466 ........................ National emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for the printing and publishing industry. Some research laboratory exemptions.
Requirements for infectious waste management and medical waste reduction.
Provides a solid waste rules exemption for the generation, use, transport or storage of beneficially-used industrial byproducts, including: raw material for manufacturing; waste stabilization / solidification; supplemental fuel source; landfill daily cover ; certain geotechnical fills; certain transportation facility embankments; certain surface courses; decorative stone; and, cold weather road abrasive.
Specifies the criteria under which municipal recycling programs operate.
Environmental Protection—Hazardous Waste Management
DNR Solid and Hazardous Waste Codes and Statutes
Standards for notification and definitions. Listings of references for engineering standards and federal regulations and documents.
Hazardous waste definition and exclusions. Listed and characteristic hazardous wastes described.
Standards for large quantity, small quantity, and very small quantity hazardous waste generators, including rules for hazardous waste determination, manifests, pre-transport, recordkeeping, reporting, and exports.
Standards for transporter ID numbers, manifests, and waste discharges.
Applies to licensed hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities.
Contains references for several hazardous waste generator standards from NR 662, including
- explosives or munitions emergencies
- air emission standards for process vents, equipment leaks, tanks, surface impoundments and containers
- drip pads
- containment buildings
- preparedness and prevention
- contingency plan and emergency procedures
- annual reporting
Includes standards for:
- Recyclable Materials Used for Precious Metal Recovery
- Spent Lead-Acid Batteries Being Reclaimed
- Conditional Exemption for Low-Level Mixed Waste Storage, Treatment, Transportation and Disposal
Standards containing disposal prohibitions, the dilution prohibition, and storage prohibitions. Includes regulations for generator paperwork and recordkeeping, and prohibitions on storage of PCB waste (>50ppm).
Standards for universal waste handlers.
Standards for used oil generators.
Wisconsin spill notification requirements.
Applies to certain sites where petroleum products have been discharged from tanks.
Regulates installation, operation, treatment and abandonment of groundwater wells.
Regulates the storage, display, installation, operation, use, maintenance and transportation of flammable and combustible liquids; including the installation, registration, maintenance and abandonment of petroleum tanks.
SPS 332 — Public Employee Safety and Health
Establishes minimum occupational safety and health standards for public employees
Identifies infectious agents relevant to the Employees' Right to Know Law, ss. 101.58 to 101.599, Stats.
Standards for the storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia.
SPS 361 - Administration and Enforcement
Public-sector construction site erosion control permitting (under WPDES) at 61.115.
Wastewater treatment devices under 82.34, including grease interceptors, plaster and heavy solids traps, and chemical waste piping systems.
Sets the fee payment structure for owners or operators of facilities with hazardous chemicals present (re: EPCRA).
Reporting requirements for submission of toxic chemical inventory reports by private agencies and public agencies (re: EPCRA).
Standards for the storage of highway to protect ground and surface water from contamination by dissolved chlorides.
Regulates the receipt, use, transfer, possession, ownership or acquisition of radiation sources.
Standards for asbestos abatement and asbestos management, certification of persons doing asbestos abatement or management, and training.
40 CFR 82 Protection of stratospheric ozone
Refrigerant recycling rule, including: prohibition on venting; service practice requirements; equipment, reclaimer and technician certification; refrigerant leaks and sales restrictions; MVAC-like appliances; and, disposal and recordkeeping requirements. [Other keywords: CFCs; air conditioning equipment; freon; R-12; R-22.]
40 CFR 110 Discharge of oil
General definitions; definition of discharge of oil, and exemptions; dispersant prohibition; and, requirement for notification of oil discharge. [Other keywords: release, spill; petroleum; National Response Center (NRC).]
40 CFR 112 Oil pollution prevention
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan requirements. [Other keywords: release, discharge; petroleum; National Response Center (NRC).]
40 CFR 302 Designation, reportable quantities, and notification
Listing and Reportable Quantities (RQs) for CERCLA section 102(a) hazardous substance releases; notification requirement. [Other keywords: spill; National Response Center (NRC).]
40 CFR 355 Emergency planning and notification
Listing, Reportable Quantities (RQs), and Threshold Planning Quantities (TPQs) for EPCRA section 302(a)(2) Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) releases; notification requirement. [Other keywords: spill; local emergency planning committee (LERC); state emergency response commission (SERC).]
40 CFR 372 Toxic chemical release reporting: community right-to-know
Incorporated by reference for UW campuses under WEM 3. (NOTE: the federal exemption for laboratory chemicals is not available to UW System campuses for TRI reporting purposes, per WEM 3.06).
40 CFR 761 Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) manufacturing, processing, distribution in commerce, and use prohibitions
Includes rules on PCB storage, disposal, spill cleanup, and recordkeeping.
40 CFR 763 Asbestos
Subpart G (asbestos worker protection) protects certain state and local government employees who are not protected by the Asbestos Standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Applies the OSHA Asbestos Standards in 29 CFR 1910.1001 and 29 CFR 1926.1101 to these employees.
42 CFR 72 Interstate shipment of etiologic agents
Requirements for packaging and delivery; exemptions.
42 CFR 73 Select agents and toxins
Requirements for possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins. Overlap select agents and toxins are subject to regulation by both CDC and APHIS.
- Discharges to sanitary sewers are regulated by the POTW which serves your campus.
- Various permits (e.g., Title V operation permits, WPDES water discharge permits, certain general permits) will contain specific requirements.
- Solid waste recycling is subject to local ordinance requirements
This publication was prepared for environmental, health and safety staff at University of Wisconsin System campuses, to assist in finding resources and information for regulatory compliance. It is not intended to render legal advice.
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