Register April 2013 No. 688
Chapter NR 260
ELECTROPLATING
NR 260.01   Purpose.
NR 260.02   Applicability.
NR 260.03   Definitions.
Subchapter I — Direct Discharges
NR 260.10   Applicability.
Subchapter II — Indirect Discharges
NR 260.20   Applicability.
NR 260.21   Compliance dates.
NR 260.22   Discharge standards.
NR 260.23   Total toxic organics monitoring requirements.
Ch. NR 260 Note Note: Chapter NR 260 as it existed on October 31, 1986 was repealed and a new chapter NR 260 was created effective November 1, 1986.
NR 260.01 NR 260.01 Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to establish pretreatment standards and effluent limitations for existing sources in the electroplating industry which introduce pollutants into publicly owned treatment works.
NR 260.01 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86.
NR 260.02 NR 260.02 Applicability.
NR 260.02(1)(1) The provisions of this chapter are applicable to existing sources which discharge pollutants into publicly owned treatment works resulting from operations in the following process subcategories as defined in s. NR 260.03 (3):
NR 260.02(1)(a) (a) Electroplating of common metals.
NR 260.02(1)(b) (b) Electroplating of precious metals.
NR 260.02(1)(c) (c) Electroplating of specialty metals.
NR 260.02 Note Note: This process subcategory is reserved.
NR 260.02(1)(d) (d) Anodizing.
NR 260.02(1)(e) (e) Coating (chromating, phosphating and coloring).
NR 260.02(1)(f) (f) Chemical etching and milling.
NR 260.02(1)(g) (g) Electroless plating.
NR 260.02(1)(h) (h) Printed circuit board manufacture.
NR 260.02(2) (2) The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to the following:
NR 260.02(2)(a) (a) Operations similar to electroplating which are specifically regulated by other categorical standards.
NR 260.02 Note Note: These other applicable categorical standards include: aluminum forming, battery manufacturing, coil coating, copper forming, electrical and electronic components, iron and steel manufacturing, metal molding and casting (foundries), nonferrous metals forming, nonferrous metals manufacturing, plastic molding and forming, porcelain enameling.
NR 260.02(2)(b) (b) Metallic platemaking and gravure cylinder preparation conducted for use in the printing and publishing industry.
NR 260.02(2)(c) (c) Industrial users subject to pretreatment standards for new sources (PSNS), which are regulated under ch. NR 261.
NR 260.02(2)(d) (d) Industrial users subject to best practicable technology currently available (BPT), best available technology economically achievable (BAT), and new source performance standards (NSPS), which are regulated under ch. NR 261.
NR 260.02 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86.
NR 260.03 NR 260.03 Definitions. The following definitions are applicable to terms used in this chapter. Definitions of other terms and meanings of abbreviations are set forth in chs. NR 205 and 211, and the Development Document for Existing Source Pretreatment Standards for the Electroplating Point Source Category, EPA 440/1-79/003, August 1979.
NR 260.03 Note Note: Copies of this document are available for inspection at the office of the department of natural resources, 101 S. Webster, Madison; the secretary of state's office, and the office of the legislative reference bureau, and may be obtained for personal use from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20460.
NR 260.03(1) (1) “Cyanide, A" means cyanide amenable to alkaline chlorination as determined by ch. NR 219.
NR 260.03(2) (2) “Captive facility" means a facility which owns more than 50% (annual area basis) of the materials undergoing electroplating.
NR 260.03(3) (3) “Electroplating process wastewater" means wastewater generated in the operations defined below and listed in s. NR 260.02 (1).
NR 260.03(3)(a) (a) “Electroplating of common metals" means any step in a process in which a ferrous or nonferrous basis metal is electroplated with copper, nickel, chromium, zinc, tin, cadmium, iron, aluminum, or a combination thereof and which is followed by a rinse; this includes the related operations of alkaline cleaning, acid pickling, stripping, and coloring.
NR 260.03(3)(b) (b) “Electroplating of precious metals" means any step in a process in which a ferrous or nonferrous basis metal is electroplated with gold, silver, iridium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium or combination thereof and which is followed by a rinse; this includes the related operations of alkaline cleaning, acid pickling, stripping, and coloring.
NR 260.03(3)(c) (c) “Electroplating of specialty metals" means any step in which a ferrous or nonferrous basis metal is electroplated with a metal not used in par. (a) or (b) which is followed by a rinse.
NR 260.03(3)(d) (d) “Anodizing" means any step in the production of a protective oxide film on a ferrous or nonferrous metal which passes an electric current through a bath where the metal is suspended and is followed by a rinse; this includes the related operations of cleaning and coloring.
NR 260.03(3)(e) (e) “Coating" means the processes of chromating, phosphating, or immersion plating of ferrous or nonferrous materials in which a basis material surface is acted upon by a process solution which is followed by a rinse; this includes the related operations of alkaline cleaning, acid pickling and sealing.
NR 260.03(3)(f) (f) “Chemical etching and milling" means any step in the process of etching or milling of ferrous or nonferrous material in which metal is chemically or electrochemically removed from the work piece and is followed by a rinse; this includes the related metal cleaning operations which precede chemical etching or milling.
NR 260.03(3)(g) (g) “Electroless plating" means any step in a process in which a metallic layer is deposited on a metallic or nonmetallic basis material and which is followed by a rinse; this includes the related operations of alkaline cleaning, acid pickling and stripping.
NR 260.03(3)(h) (h) “Printed circuit manufacturing" means any step in the process of converting an insulating substrate to a finished printed circuit board in which the board is immersed in an aqueous process bath which is followed by a rinse.
NR 260.03(4) (4) “Integrated facility" means a facility where manufacturing of a product at a single physical location includes electroplating as only one of several operations and produces significant quantities of process wastewater from nonelectroplating manufacturing operations and in which one or more plant electroplating process wastewater lines are combined prior to or at the point of treatment (or proposed treatment) with one or more plant sewers carrying nonelectroplating process wastewater.
NR 260.03(5) (5) “New source" means any building, structure, facility or installation from which there is or may be a discharge of pollutants, the construction of which commenced after August 31, 1982.
NR 260.03(6) (6) “Strong chelating agents" means compounds which form soluble metal complexes which are not removed by subsequent metals control techniques such as pH adjustment followed by clarification or filtration.
NR 260.03(7) (7) “TTO" means total toxic organics, which is the sum of all quantifiable values greater than 0.01 milligrams per liter (10 micrograms per liter) of the toxic organics listed in s. NR 215.03 A through E.
NR 260.03 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86.
subch. I of ch. NR 260 Subchapter I — Direct Discharges
NR 260.10 NR 260.10 Applicability. All facilities which generate wastewater from any of the processes listed in s. NR 260.02 (1) discharging directly to waters of the state are subject to the provisions of ch. NR 261.
NR 260.10 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86.
subch. II of ch. NR 260 Subchapter II — Indirect Discharges
NR 260.20 NR 260.20 Applicability. All indirect discharges of wastewater generated from any of the processes listed in s. NR 260.02 (1) except those subject to pretreatment standards for new sources included under ch. NR 261, are subject to the provisions of this subchapter. All captive facilities are regulated under ch. NR 261, as of February 15, 1986, and the provisions of this chapter no longer apply.
NR 260.20 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86.
NR 260.21 NR 260.21 Compliance dates. Industrial users subject to the provisions of this subchapter shall meet the following compliance dates:
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