A description of all violations revealed by the performance evaluation.
A description of the actions taken or proposed to be taken to correct the violations.
A commitment to correct the violations within 90 days of submitting the report or within a compliance schedule approved by the department.
If the participant proposes to take more than 90 days to correct the violations, a proposed compliance schedule that contains the shortest reasonable periods for correcting the violations, a statement that justifies the proposed compliance schedule, a description of measures that the participant will take to minimize the effects of the violations during the period of the compliance schedule and proposed stipulated penalties if the participant violates the compliance schedule.
A description of the measures that the participant has taken or will take to prevent future violations.
If the department receives a report under sub. (12)
that contains a proposed compliance schedule under sub. (12) (e)
, the department shall review the proposed compliance schedule. The department may approve the compliance schedule as submitted or propose a different compliance schedule. If the participant does not agree to implement a compliance schedule proposed by the department, the department shall schedule a meeting with the participant to attempt to reach an agreement on a compliance schedule. If the department and the participant do not reach an agreement on a compliance schedule, the department shall initiate the procedure under sub. (7) (c) 2.
to revoke the cooperative agreement. If the parties agree to a compliance schedule, the department shall amend the cooperative agreement to incorporate the compliance schedule.
The department may not approve a compliance schedule that extends longer than 12 months beyond the date of approval of the compliance schedule. The department shall consider the following factors in determining whether to approve a compliance schedule:
The environmental and public health consequences of the violations.
The time needed to implement a change in raw materials or method of production if that change is an available alternative to other methods of correcting the violations.
The time needed to purchase any equipment or supplies that are needed to correct the violations.
This state may not commence a civil action to collect forfeitures for violations at a facility covered by a cooperative agreement that are disclosed in a report that meets the requirements of sub. (12)
for at least 90 days after the department receives the report.
If the participant corrects violations that are disclosed in a report that meets the requirements of sub. (12)
within 90 days after the department receives a report that meets the requirements of sub. (12)
, this state may not commence a civil action to collect forfeitures for the violations.
This state may not commence a civil action to collect forfeitures for violations covered by a compliance schedule that is approved under sub. (13)
during the period of the compliance schedule if the participant is not violating the compliance schedule. If the participant violates the compliance schedule, the department may collect the stipulated penalties in the compliance schedule or may revoke the cooperative agreement. After the department revokes a cooperative agreement, this state may commence civil action to collect forfeitures for the violations.
If the department approves a compliance schedule under sub. (13)
and the participant corrects the violations according to the compliance schedule, this state may not commence a civil action to collect forfeitures for the violations.
Notwithstanding par. (a)
, this state may at any time commence a civil action to collect forfeitures for violations if any of the following apply:
The violations present an imminent threat to public health or the environment or may cause serious harm to public health or the environment.
The department discovers the violations before submission of a report under sub. (12)
Except as provided in par. (b)
, the department shall make any record, report or other information obtained in the administration of this section available to the public.
The department shall keep confidential any part of a record, report or other information obtained in the administration of this section, other than emission data, discharge data or information contained in a cooperative agreement, upon a showing satisfactory to the department by any person that the part of a record, report or other information would, if made public, divulge a method or process that is entitled to protection as a trade secret, as defined in s. 134.90 (1) (c)
, of that person.
If the department refuses to release information on the grounds that it is confidential under par. (b)
and a person challenges that refusal, the department shall inform the applicant or participant of that challenge. Unless the applicant or participant authorizes the department to release the information, the applicant or participant shall pay the reasonable costs incurred by this state to defend the refusal to release the information.
(d) Paragraph (b)
does not prevent the disclosure of any information to a representative of the department for the purpose of administering this section or to an officer, employee or authorized representative of the federal government for the purpose of administering federal law. When the department provides information that is confidential under par. (b)
to the federal government, the department shall also provide a copy of the application for confidential status.
(16) Reports concerning the program under this section. 299.80(16)(a)(a)
Beginning not later than November 1, 1998, the secretary of natural resources shall submit an annual progress report on the program under this section to the governor and, under s. 13.172 (3)
, the standing committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over environmental matters.
Not later than October 1, 2001, the secretary of natural resources shall submit a report to the governor and, under s. 13.172 (2)
the legislature on the success of the program under this section. The report shall include recommendations concerning the continuation of the program under this section and any changes that should be made to the program.
History: 1997 a. 27
Hearings; procedure; review.
The department shall hold a public hearing relating to alleged or potential environmental pollution upon the verified complaint of 6 or more citizens filed with the department. The complaint shall state the name and address of a person within the state authorized to receive service of answer and other papers in behalf of complainants. The department may order the complainants to file security for costs in a sum deemed to be adequate but not to exceed $100 within 20 days after the service upon them of a copy of the order and all proceedings on the part of the complainants shall be stayed until the security is filed. The department shall serve a copy of the complaint and notice of the hearing upon the alleged or potential polluter either personally or by registered mail directed to the last-known post-office address at least 20 days prior to the time set for the hearing. The hearing shall be held not later than 90 days after the filing of the complaint. The respondent shall file a verified answer to the complaint with the department and serve a copy on the person designated by the complainants not later than 5 days prior to the date set for the hearing, unless the time for answering is extended by the department for cause shown. For purposes of any hearing under this section the hearing examiner may issue subpoenas and administer oaths. Within 90 days after the closing of the hearing, the department shall make and file its findings of fact, conclusions of law and order, which shall be subject to review under ch. 227
. If the department determines that any complaint was filed maliciously or in bad faith it shall issue a finding to that effect and the person complained against is entitled to recover the expenses of the hearing in a civil action. Any situation, project or activity which upon continuance or implementation would cause, beyond reasonable doubt, a degree of pollution that normally would require clean-up action if it already existed, shall be considered potential environmental pollution. This section does not apply to any part of the process for approving a feasibility report, plan of operation or license under subch. III of ch. 289
or s. 291.23
History: 1979 c. 176
; 1979 c. 221
; Stats. 1979 s. 144.975; 1981 c. 374
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 299.91.
Environmental assessments. 299.93(1)
If a court imposes a fine or forfeiture for a violation of a provision of this chapter or chs. 280
or a rule or order issued under this chapter or chs. 280
, the court shall impose an environmental assessment equal to 10% of the amount of the fine or forfeiture.
If a fine or forfeiture is suspended in whole or in part, the environmental assessment shall be reduced in proportion to the suspension.
If any deposit is made for an offense to which this section applies, the person making the deposit shall also deposit a sufficient amount to include the environmental assessment prescribed in this section. If the deposit is forfeited, the amount of the environmental assessment shall be transmitted to the state treasurer under sub. (4)
. If the deposit is returned, the environmental assessment shall also be returned.
The clerk of the court shall collect and transmit to the county treasurer the environmental assessment and other amounts required under s. 59.40 (2) (m)
. The county treasurer shall then make payment to the state treasurer as provided in s. 59.25 (3) (f) 2.
The state treasurer shall deposit the amount of the assessment in the environmental fund.
History: 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 27
; 1995 a. 201
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 299.93.
Enforcement; duty of department of justice; expenses.
The attorney general shall enforce chs. 281
and this chapter, except ss. 281.48
, and all rules, special orders, licenses, plan approvals and permits of the department, except those promulgated or issued under ss. 281.48
and except as provided in s. 285.86
. The circuit court for Dane county or for any other county where a violation occurred in whole or in part has jurisdiction to enforce chs. 281
or this chapter or the rule, special order, license, plan approval or permit by injunctional and other relief appropriate for enforcement. For purposes of this proceeding where chs. 281
or this chapter or the rule, special order, license, plan approval or permit prohibits in whole or in part any pollution, a violation is considered a public nuisance. The department of natural resources may enter into agreements with the department of justice to assist with the administration of chs. 281
and this chapter. Any funds paid to the department of justice under these agreements shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.455 (1) (k)
The provision that the violation of an order prohibiting pollution constitutes a public nuisance does not mean that there is no nuisance until an order is issued. State v. Dairyland Power Coop. 52 Wis. 2d 45
, 187 N.W.2d 878
The state need not show irreparable harm to obtain an injunction under this section. State v. C. Spielvogel & Sons, 193 Wis. 2d 464
, 535 N.W.2d 28
(Ct. App. 1995).
Penalties and remedies. 299.97(1)
Any person who violates this chapter, except s. 299.15 (1)
, 299.47 (2)
, 299.51 (4) (b)
, 299.53 (2) (a)
, 299.62 (2)
or 299.64 (2)
, or any rule promulgated or any plan approval, license or special order issued under this chapter, except under those sections, shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $5,000, for each violation. Each day of continued violation is a separate offense. While the order is suspended, stayed or enjoined, this penalty does not accrue.
In addition to the penalties provided under sub. (1)
, the court may award the department of justice the reasonable and necessary expenses of the investigation and prosecution of the violation, including attorney fees. The department of justice shall deposit in the state treasury for deposit into the general fund all moneys that the court awards to the department or the state under this subsection. Ten percent of the money deposited in the general fund that was awarded under this subsection for the costs of investigation and the expenses of prosecution, including attorney fees, shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.455 (1) (gh)