160.15(1)(a) (a) For any substance of public welfare concern, the preventive action limit shall be 50 percent of the concentration established as the enforcement standard.
160.15(1)(b) (b) For any substance of public health concern, the preventive action limit shall be 20 percent of the concentration established as the enforcement standard.
160.15(1)(c) (c) Notwithstanding par. (b), for any substance that has carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic properties or interactive effects, the preventive action limit shall be 10 percent of the concentration established as the enforcement standard.
160.15(2) (2)The department may establish a preventive action limit for a substance which is lower than the level specified under sub. (1) if the department concludes, to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, based on significant technical information which is scientifically valid, that a more stringent level is necessary to protect public health or welfare from the interactive effects of the substance. In evaluating whether the evidence provides a sufficient basis for a more stringent level, the department shall consider the extent to which the evidence was developed in accordance with generally accepted analytical protocols and may consider whether the evidence was subjected to peer review, resulted from more than one study and is consistent with other credible medical or toxicological evidence.
160.15(3) (3)Notwithstanding sub. (1), the department may establish by rule preventive action limits for indicator parameters used in monitoring waste storage, treatment or disposal facilities regulated by the department such as biochemical or chemical oxygen demand, alkalinity, hardness, conductivity and pH, if enforcement standards are not established under s. 160.07 or 160.09 for the indicator parameters. In establishing preventive action limits for indicator parameters, the department shall consider the background water quality and the potential for the indicator parameters to show that preventive action limits under sub. (1) may be exceeded.
160.15 History History: 1983 a. 410.
160.17 160.17 Collection of information. Concurrently with the identification of substances under s. 160.05 (1), the regulatory agency shall conduct a literature search and shall request, where appropriate, the manufacturer of each substance and other knowledgeable sources to provide relevant data, information on the environmental fate of the substance and recommendations on measures which may be implemented to minimize the concentration of the substance in the groundwater.
160.17 History History: 1983 a. 410.
160.19 160.19 Regulatory agency; review of existing regulations; design and management criteria.
160.19(1)(1)When an enforcement standard or a preventive action limit is established by rule for a substance, each regulatory agency shall review its rules and commence promulgation of any rules or amendments of its rules necessary to ensure that the activities, practices and facilities regulated by the regulatory agency will comply with this chapter.
160.19(2) (2)
160.19(2)(a)(a) Each regulatory agency shall promulgate rules which define design and management practice criteria for facilities, activities and practices affecting groundwater which are designed, to the extent technically and economically feasible, to minimize the level of substances in groundwater and to maintain compliance by these facilities, activities and practices with preventive action limits, unless compliance with the preventive action limits is not technically and economically feasible.
160.19(2)(b) (b) If a regulatory agency proposes a rule under par. (a) which is not designed to maintain compliance with preventive action limits, the proposed rule and the notice required under s. 227.16 (2) (e), 227.17 or 227.24 (3) shall include a statement to that effect, and a summary of the rationale for the proposed rule. If a regulatory agency determines not to amend the substance of an existing rule which contains design or management practice criteria that do not maintain compliance with preventive action limits, it shall nonetheless amend the rule to include a notice that the rule does not maintain preventive action limits. A summary of the rationale for not amending the substance of the rule shall be included in the notice required under s. 227.16 (2) (e), 227.17 or 227.24 (3).
160.19(3) (3)A regulatory agency may not promulgate rules defining design and management practice criteria which permit an enforcement standard to be attained or exceeded at the point of standards application.
160.19(4) (4)Notwithstanding previous regulatory agency action to review and amend existing rules or to promulgate new rules:
160.19(4)(a) (a) If a rule is designed to maintain compliance with a preventive action limit under sub. (2) (a) and if a preventive action limit is attained or exceeded at a point of standards application, the regulatory agency shall review its rules and, if necessary, revise the rules to maintain or achieve the objectives of subs. (2) and (3).
160.19(4)(b) (b) If an enforcement standard is attained or exceeded at a point of standards application, the regulatory agency shall review its rules and, if necessary, revise the rules to ensure that the enforcement standard is not attained or exceeded at a point of standards application at other locations in the future.
160.19(5) (5)In conducting any review under sub. (4), the regulatory agency's analysis shall include an examination of the performance of other comparable activities in the state to determine if the noncompliance at a single site suggests an isolated problem or a problem which is likely to recur.
160.19(6) (6)The department shall promulgate by rule a scientifically valid procedure for determining if a preventive action limit or enforcement standard is, in fact, attained or exceeded or if a change in concentration of a substance has, in fact, occurred. This procedure shall be used for all regulatory and enforcement purposes under this chapter.
160.19(7) (7)Notwithstanding subs. (2) and (4) (a), modifications to rules and changes in the manner of their administration are not required under this section solely because the background concentration of nitrate or a substance of public welfare concern at individual locations is equal to or greater than the preventive action limit.
160.19(8) (8)Notwithstanding subs. (2) to (4), the department may allow a facility which is regulated under chs. 283 or 289 to 292 to be constructed, after May 11, 1984, in an area where the background concentration of nitrate or a substance of public welfare concern attains or exceeds the preventive action limit or the enforcement standard if the facility is designed to achieve the lowest possible concentration for that substance which is technically and economically feasible and the anticipated increase in the concentration of the substance does not present a threat to public health or welfare.
160.19(9) (9)Notwithstanding subs. (2) to (4), the department may allow a facility which is regulated under chs. 283 or 289 to 292 to be constructed, after May 11, 1984, in an area where the background concentration of a substance of public health concern, other than nitrate, attains or exceeds a preventive action limit for that substance:
160.19(9)(a) (a) If the facility will not cause the further release of that substance into the environment;
160.19(9)(b) (b) If the background concentration of the substance does not exceed the enforcement standard for that substance, the facility will not cause the concentration of the substance to exceed the enforcement standard for that substance and the facility is designed to achieve the lowest possible concentration of that substance which is technically and economically feasible; or
160.19(9)(c) (c) If the background concentration of the substance equals or exceeds the enforcement standard for that substance, the facility is designed to achieve the lowest possible concentration of that substance which is technically and economically feasible, the anticipated increase in the concentration of the substance will not cause an increased threat to public health or welfare and the anticipated incremental increase in the concentration of the substance, by itself, will not exceed the preventive action limit. The department shall take action under s. 160.25 if it determines that the increase in the substance causes an increased threat to public health or welfare or it determines that the incremental increase in the concentration of the substance, by itself, exceeds the preventive action limit.
160.19(10) (10)If the department allows a facility to be constructed under sub. (9) (b) or (c), the department shall specify in the initial approval of or the initial or modified permit for the facility the terms and conditions under which the department may seek remedial action for the specific site under ss. 160.23 and 160.25, relating to the substance.
160.19(11) (11)Regulatory agencies shall enforce rules promulgated under this section with respect to specific sites in accordance with ss. 160.23 and 160.25.
160.19(12) (12)The requirements in this section shall not apply to rules governing an activity regulated under ch. 293 or subch. III of ch. 295, or to a solid waste facility regulated under subch. III of ch. 289 which is part of an activity regulated under ch. 293 or subch. III of ch. 295, except that the department may promulgate new rules or amend rules governing this type of activity, practice or facility if the department determines that the amendment or promulgation of rules is necessary to protect public health, safety or welfare.
160.19 History History: 1983 a. 410; 1985 a. 182 s. 57; 1995 a. 227; 2013 a. 1.
160.21 160.21 Adoption of rules for regulatory responses for groundwater contamination.
160.21(1)(1)For each substance for which an enforcement standard or a preventive action limit is adopted by the department, each regulatory agency shall promulgate rules which set forth the range of responses which the regulatory agency may take or which it may require the person controlling a facility, activity or practice which is a source of the substance to take if:
160.21(1)(a) (a) The preventive action limit is attained or exceeded at the point of standards application; or
160.21(1)(b) (b) The enforcement standard is attained or exceeded at the point of standards application.
160.21(2) (2)Each regulatory agency shall determine by rule the point of standards application for each facility, activity or practice which is the source of a substance for which an enforcement standard or a preventive action limit is established, as follows:
160.21(2)(a) (a) If monitoring is required under existing rules for a facility, activity or practice:
160.21(2)(a)1. 1. The regulatory agency shall establish a point of standards application at any location where groundwater is monitored for the purpose of determining whether the preventive action limit for a substance has been attained or exceeded.
160.21(2)(a)2. 2. The regulatory agency shall establish a point of standards application at the following locations for the purpose of determining compliance with enforcement standards, or determining whether design and management practice criteria established under s. 160.19 (2) (a) successfully maintain compliance with preventive action limits:
160.21(2)(a)2.a. a. Any point of present groundwater use;
160.21(2)(a)2.b. b. Any point beyond the property boundaries of the premises where the facility, activity or practice is located or undertaken; and
160.21(2)(a)2.c. c. Any point beyond the design management zone but within the property boundaries of the premises where the facility, activity or practice is located or undertaken.
160.21(2)(b) (b) If monitoring is not required under existing rules for a facility, activity or practice:
160.21(2)(b)1. 1. The regulatory agency shall establish a point of standards application at the following locations for the purposes of determining whether the preventive action limit or the enforcement standard is attained or exceeded:
160.21(2)(b)1.a. a. Any point of present groundwater use, except the regulatory agency may exempt points of nonpotable groundwater uses if the regulatory agency determines that the substance will not affect the nonpotable groundwater use; and
160.21(2)(b)1.b. b. Any point beyond the property boundary of the property where the facility, activity or practice is located or undertaken.
160.21(2)(b)2. 2. The regulatory agency may establish by rule additional points of standards application which the regulatory agency determines are necessary to protect future groundwater uses and the public interest in the waters of the state.
160.21(2)(c) (c) If facilities are subject to regulation under chs. 283 or 289 to 292, the department shall develop by rule and utilize points of standards application for purposes of facility design, the review of facility performance and enforcement as follows:
160.21(2)(c)1. 1. Rules promulgated by the department under s. 289.05 (1) relating to facility design shall establish design criteria which ensure compliance with s. 160.19 (2) at any point of present groundwater use, at property boundaries and at any point beyond a 3-dimensional design management zone within property boundaries established under general criteria specified by rule and applied to individual facilities.
160.21(2)(c)2. 2. The department shall consider any point at which groundwater is monitored and at which a preventive action limit is exceeded a point of standards application for purposes of facility performance review, including investigations and evaluation of specific sites. If the point is within the design management zone, the department shall evaluate the location of the point, specific characteristics of the site, the nature of the substance involved and the likelihood of substance migration in assessing the need for response activities.
160.21(2)(c)3. 3. The department shall establish the point of standards application for enforcement standards at any point of present groundwater use, at property boundaries and at any point beyond a 3-dimensional design management zone within property boundaries established under general criteria specified by rule and applied to individual facilities.
160.21(2)(d) (d) The department shall establish criteria for design management zones by rule for the facilities specified under par. (c). The rule shall take into account different types of facility designs. The design management zone which is applied to a facility utilizing the criteria in the rule may be adjusted based on the following factors:
160.21(2)(d)1. 1. Soil type, depth and permeability;
160.21(2)(d)2. 2. Type, depth and permeability of bedrock;
160.21(2)(d)3. 3. Volume and characteristics of the waste involved;
160.21(2)(d)4. 4. Mobility of contaminants;
160.21(2)(d)5. 5. Distance to property boundaries and surface waters;
160.21(2)(d)6. 6. Present and anticipated future uses of land and groundwater;
160.21(2)(d)7. 7. Expected useful life of the facility;
160.21(2)(d)8. 8. Depth, direction and velocity of groundwater and other hydrogeologic factors; or
160.21(2)(d)9. 9. Likely methods for abatement if an enforcement standard is exceeded.
160.21(2)(e) (e) The department and each regulatory agency shall enter into a memorandum of understanding setting forth the criteria for acceptable monitoring wells and sample handling for the point of standards application.
160.21(3) (3)Responses may include remedial actions, revisions of rules or criteria on facility design, location and management practices, prohibition of an activity or practice or closure of a facility. Remedial actions for a specific site may include, but are not limited to, investigations, relocation, prohibition of activities or practices which use or produce the substance, closure of a facility, revisions of operational procedures, monitoring or, if only a preventive action limit is attained or exceeded, no remedial action. Responses may vary depending on the type and age of the facility, the hydrogeological conditions of the site and the cost effectiveness of alternative responses that will achieve the same objectives under the conditions of the site. Responses shall take into account the background water quality at the site, the uses of the aquifer, the degree of risk, the validity of the data and the probability of whether, if a preventive action limit is exceeded, the enforcement standard will be exceeded at the point of standards application. In requiring a remedial action for a specific site, the regulatory agency shall use the authority and existing protections, including, but not limited to, due process provisions in other applicable statutes.
160.21(4) (4)In setting forth the range of responses and providing for implementation of appropriate responses under the rules promulgated under subs. (1) and (3), the regulatory agency shall consider, where applicable, the following:
160.21(4)(a) (a) Risk-benefit considerations including, but not limited to:
160.21(4)(a)1. 1. Uses and substances alternative to the present use of the particular substance.
160.21(4)(a)2. 2. Risks and benefits of the alternative uses or substances.
160.21(4)(a)3. 3. Reliability and comprehensiveness of the information available for assessing such risks and benefits.
160.21(4)(b) (b) Hydrogeological considerations including, but not limited to:
160.21(4)(b)1. 1. The depth to groundwater.
160.21(4)(b)2. 2. The soil characteristics.
160.21(4)(b)3. 3. Groundwater gradients and flow direction.
160.21(4)(c) (c) Management and practice considerations including, but not limited to:
160.21(4)(c)1. 1. Reliability of sampling data.
160.21(4)(c)2. 2. The geographic extent of the substance if detected in groundwater and the size of the population affected.
160.21(4)(c)3. 3. The efficacy of label restrictions and other practical measures to minimize the concentration of the substance in the groundwater.
160.21(4)(c)4. 4. The existing effects and potential risks of the substance on potable water supplies.
160.21(4)(c)5. 5. The risks considered when the standard at issue was established or adopted.
160.21(4)(c)6. 6. The known depth of the substance in the groundwater.
160.21(4)(c)7. 7. Data and information provided by the manufacturer on the environmental fate of the substance.
160.21 History History: 1983 a. 410; 1995 a. 227.
160.21 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 140, Wis. adm. code.
160.23 160.23 Implementation of responses for specific sites; preventive action limits.
160.23(1)(1)If the concentration of a substance in groundwater attains or exceeds a preventive action limit at a point of standards application, the regulatory agency shall assess the cause of the increased concentration, taking into account background concentrations, if known, and other known or suspected contributors in the area and shall evaluate the significance of the concentration of the substance and shall implement responses for a specific site designed to:
160.23(1)(a) (a) Minimize the concentration of the substance in the groundwater at the point of standards application where technically and economically feasible;
160.23(1)(b) (b) Regain and maintain compliance with the preventive action limit, unless, in the determination of the regulatory agency, the preventive action limit is either not technically or economically feasible, in which case, it shall achieve compliance with the lowest possible concentration which is technically and economically feasible; and
160.23(1)(c) (c) Ensure that the enforcement standard is not attained or exceeded at the point of standards application.
160.23(2) (2)A regulatory agency shall take responses with respect to a specific site in accordance with rules promulgated under s. 160.21.
160.23(4) (4)The regulatory agency may not impose a prohibition on the substance or the activity or practice which uses or produces the substance unless the regulatory agency:
160.23(4)(a) (a) Bases its decision upon reliable test data;
160.23(4)(b) (b) Determines, to a reasonable certainty, by the greater weight of the credible evidence, that no other remedial action would prevent the violation of the enforcement standard at the point of standards application;
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)