283.37 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 200.01, Wis. adm. code.
283.39 283.39 Public notice.
283.39(1)(1) The department shall promulgate by rule procedures for providing to interested members of the public notices of each complete application for a permit. Procedures for providing public notices shall include at least the following:
283.39(1)(a) (a) Publication of the notice as a class 1 notice under ch. 985;
283.39(1)(b) (b) Mailing of the notice to any person or group upon request.
283.39(1)(c) (c) Publication of the notice through an electronic notification system established by the department.
283.39(1)(d) (d) Publication of the notice on the department's Internet Web site.
283.39(1m) (1m) Public notice under this section shall be considered to be provided on the date that the department first publishes the notice on its Internet Web site.
283.39(2) (2) The department shall provide a period of not less than 30 days following the date of the public notice during which time interested persons may submit their written views on the tentative determinations with respect to the permit application. All written comments submitted during the period for comment shall be retained by the department and considered in the formulation of the final determinations for the permit application.
283.39(3) (3) The department shall by rule prescribe the form and content of public notices issued under sub. (1). Every such notice issued by the department shall include at least the following information:
283.39(3)(a) (a) The name and address of each applicant;
283.39(3)(b) (b) A brief description of each applicant's activities or operations which result in the discharge described in the application;
283.39(3)(bg) (bg) Information indicating where the complete application may be viewed on the department's Internet Web site.
283.39(3)(c) (c) The name of the waterway to which each discharge is made and a short description of the location of each discharge on the waterway indicating whether such discharge is a new or existing discharge;
283.39(3)(d) (d) A statement of the tentative determination to issue or deny a permit for the discharge described in the application;
283.39(3)(dm) (dm) If the applicant applied, under s. 283.15 (2) (a), for a variance, as defined in s. 283.15 (1), a tentative decision to approve or deny the variance, including, if the tentative decision is to grant the variance based upon one or more of the conditions specified in s. 283.15 (4) (a) 1. a. to e., a statement on the effect of the variance, if granted, on the designated use of the water body during the term of the permit;
283.39(3)(e) (e) A brief description of the procedures for the formulation of final determinations, including the 30-day comment period required under sub. (2).
283.39 History History: 1973 c. 74; 1975 c. 349; 1995 a. 227 s. 866; Stats. 1995 s. 283.39; 2011 a. 32, 167.
283.41 283.41 Notice to other government agencies.
283.41(1) (1) The department shall promulgate by rule procedures for notifying the U.S. environmental protection agency, the U.S. army corps of engineers, other states potentially affected by the proposed discharge, and any other interested agency or unit of government of any complete application or proposed modification thereof for a permit.
283.41(2) (2) The department shall provide the U.S. environmental protection agency a period of time not to exceed 90 days to submit to the department its written views, recommendations or objections. All other interested government agencies and affected states shall be given 30 days to submit to the department written views or recommendations.
283.41(3) (3) When the department receives an application for a permit for a discharge that would return water transferred from the Great Lakes basin to the source watershed through a stream tributary to one of the Great Lakes, the department shall provide notice of the application to the governing body of each city, village, and town through which the stream flows or that is adjacent to the stream downstream from the point at which the water would enter the stream.
283.41 History History: 1973 c. 74; 1975 c. 349; 1995 a. 227 s. 869; Stats. 1995 s. 283.41; 2007 a. 227.
283.43 283.43 Public access to information.
283.43(1) (1)
283.43(1)(a)(a) The department shall make available to and provide facilities for the public to inspect and copy completed permit application forms, fact sheets, draft permits, or any public document thereon.
283.43(1)(b) (b) The department shall make available to the U.S. environmental protection agency any completed permit application forms, fact sheets, draft permits, or any public comments thereon, and shall also make available any other records, reports, plans or other information obtained by the department under this chapter.
283.43(2) (2) The department shall protect as confidential any information, other than effluent data, contained in permit application forms, or in other records, reports or plans, that is found to be confidential under s. 283.55 (2) (c).
283.43(3) (3) Any information afforded confidential status may be disclosed by the department to the U.S. environmental protection agency or its authorized representative.
283.43 History History: 1973 c. 74; 1995 a. 227 s. 870; Stats. 1995 s. 283.45.
283.45 283.45 Fact sheets.
283.45(1)(1) For every discharge which has a total volume of more than 500,000 gallons on any day of the year, except a storm water discharge for which a permit is issued under s. 283.33, the department shall, following public notice, prepare and send to any person who so requests, a fact sheet concerning the application described in the public notice.
283.45(2) (2) The contents of such fact sheets shall be established by the department by rule and shall include at least the following information:
283.45(2)(a) (a) A sketch or detailed description of the location of the discharge described in the application;
283.45(2)(b) (b) A quantitative description of the discharges described in the application;
283.45(2)(c) (c) A statement of the tentative determination to issue or deny the permit application;
283.45(2)(d) (d) If a determination to issue a permit is made, then the following information shall also be included:
283.45(2)(d)1. 1. The proposed effluent limitation for those pollutants proposed to be limited;
283.45(2)(d)2. 2. A proposed schedule of compliance, including interim dates and requirements, for meeting the proposed effluent limitations;
283.45(2)(d)3. 3. A brief description of any other proposed special conditions which will have a significant impact upon the discharge described in the application;
283.45(2)(e) (e) A brief description of the uses for which the receiving waters have been classified, of the applicable water quality standards and effluent standards;
283.45(2)(f) (f) A more detailed description of the procedures for the formulation of final determinations than that given in the public notice.
283.45(3) (3) If the department proposes to include a water quality based effluent limitation in the permit, a fact sheet prepared under this section shall include all of the following:
283.45(3)(a) (a) A description of the calculation used by the department to derive the water quality based effluent limitation.
283.45(3)(b) (b) A discussion of the rationale used by the department to determine whether or not a compliance schedule for the water quality based effluent limitation shall be included in the proposed permit and the rationale used to develop any such schedule. The discussion shall include a description of treatment technologies or control strategies that may be available to the permittee for achieving compliance with the water quality based effluent limitation.
283.45(3)(c) (c) The assumptions and information used by the department to calculate the mixing zone for the discharge.
283.45 History History: 1973 c. 74; 1987 a. 60; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 227 s. 867; Stats. 1995 s. 283.45.
283.45 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 201, Wis. adm. code.
283.47 283.47 Requests for information by permittee. When a permit for which a fact sheet is required to be prepared under s. 283.45 is issued, reissued or modified, if the permittee submits, during the public comment period afforded under s. 283.39, to the department a written request for information on the background levels in the receiving water of substances for which a water quality based effluent limitation under s. 283.13 (5) is included in the proposed permit, the department shall, to the extent the information is available, provide to the permittee no later than the time that the permit is issued, reissued or modified such information or list of documents which present such information. Nothing in this section limits rights under ss. 19.31 to 19.37.
283.47 History History: 1987 a. 60; 1995 a. 227 s. 868; Stats. 1995 s. 283.47.
283.49 283.49 Public hearing.
283.49(1)(1)
283.49(1)(a)(a) The department shall provide an opportunity for the applicant, any affected state, the U.S. environmental protection agency, any interested state or federal agency, person or group of persons to request a public hearing with respect to a permit application. Such request for a public hearing shall be filed with the department within 30 days after the public notice of the complete permit application is provided and shall indicate the interest of the party filing the request and the reasons why a hearing is warranted.
283.49(1)(b) (b) The department shall hold a public hearing on a permit application or a group of applications if requested by the U.S. environmental protection agency, any affected state, on the petition of 5 or more persons or if the department deems that there is a significant public interest in holding such a hearing.
283.49(1)(c) (c) The department shall promulgate by rule procedures for the conduct of public hearings held under this section. Hearings held under this section are not contested cases under s. 227.01 (3).
283.49(2) (2)
283.49(2)(a)(a) Public notice of any hearing held under this section shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of s. 283.39 (1) and the public notice shall be considered to be provided on the date specified in s. 283.39 (1m).
283.49(2)(b) (b) The form and content of such public notice shall be established by departmental rule.
283.49 History History: 1973 c. 74; 1985 a. 182 s. 57; 1995 a. 227 s. 871; Stats. 1995 s. 283.49; 2011 a. 167.
283.49 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 203.04, Wis. adm. code.
283.51 283.51 Mining hearing. If a hearing on the permit application is conducted as a part of a hearing under s. 293.43, the notice, comment and hearing provisions in that section supersede the notice, comment and hearing provisions of ss. 283.39, 283.41 and 283.49.
283.51 History History: 1979 c. 221; 1995 a. 227 s. 872; Stats. 1995 s. 283.51.
283.53 283.53 Permit duration, modification, revocation and reissuance.
283.53(1)(1) No permit issued by the department under s. 283.31 or 283.33 shall have an initial term for more than 5 years. Upon the request of a permit holder, the department may renew the permit for a term of not more than 5 years, subject to sub. (3).
283.53(2) (2)
283.53(2)(a)(a) Any permit issued by the department under s. 283.31 or 283.33 may, after an opportunity for hearing, be modified, terminated, or revoked and reissued, in whole or in part, for cause, including but not limited to:
283.53(2)(a)1. 1. Violation of any terms or conditions of the permit;
283.53(2)(a)2. 2. Obtaining a permit by misrepresentation or failure to disclose fully all relevant facts;
283.53(2)(a)3. 3. A change in any condition that requires either a temporary or permanent reduction or elimination of the permitted discharge;
283.53(2)(b) (b) Whenever, on the basis of any information available to it, the department finds that there is cause for modifying, terminating, or revoking and reissuing a permit, in whole or in part, the department shall notify the permittee by certified mail or personal service of its intention to modify, terminate, or revoke and reissue the permit, in whole or in part, except that if the department proposes to modify a permit to authorize a substantial change to a nutrient management plan of a concentrated animal feeding operation, the department may notify the permittee by electronic mail. Such notice shall specify the information upon which the department relies, and if the department intends to modify the permit, shall explain the modifications which the department intends to make in the permit.
283.53(2)(c) (c) The department shall also notify the U.S. environmental protection agency, the U.S. army corps of engineers, any affected state, any interested agency of this state, and any interested members of the public of its intention to modify, terminate, or revoke and reissue a permit. Such notice shall incorporate the terms of the notice sent to the permittee and shall be provided to members of the public in accordance with s. 283.39 (1), except that if the department proposes to modify a permit to authorize a substantial change to a nutrient management plan of a concentrated animal feeding operation, the department is not required to provide notice of the substantial change under s. 283.39 (1) (a). The department shall provide a 14-day period, from the date on which notice is provided under s. 283.39 (1) (d), for written comments on a proposed modification to authorize a substantial change to a nutrient management plan.
283.53(2)(d) (d) The department may hold a public hearing on a proposed permit modification, termination, or revocation and reissuance if the department determines that there is a significant public interest in holding such a hearing or upon the petition of 5 or more persons. The petition shall indicate the interest of the petitioners and the reasons why a hearing is warranted. A petition for a hearing on a proposed permit modification to authorize a substantial change to a nutrient management plan of a concentrated animal feeding operation shall be filed within 14 days of the date notice is provided under s. 283.39 (1) (d).
283.53(2)(e) (e) Public notice of any hearing held under this section shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of pars. (b) and (c).
283.53(2)(f) (f) Hearings held under this section are not contested cases under s. 227.01 (3).
283.53(2d) (2d) The department may, with the consent of the permittee, modify a permit issued under s. 283.31 or 283.33 without following the procedures in sub. (2) (b) to (f) in order to do any of the following:
283.53(2d)(a) (a) Correct a typographical error.
283.53(2d)(b) (b) Require more frequent monitoring or reporting by the permittee.
283.53(2d)(c) (c) Change an interim compliance date in a schedule of compliance to a date that is not more than 120 days after the date specified in the existing permit if the change does not delay attainment of final compliance.
283.53(2d)(d) (d) Reflect a change in the owner or operator of a facility if the department determines that no other change in the permit is necessary and if the current and new owners or operators submit to the department a written agreement that specifies a date for the new owner to assume responsibility for compliance with the permit and liability for violations of the permit.
283.53(2d)(e) (e) Change the construction schedule for a new source if the change does not affect the permittee's obligation to have required pollution control equipment installed and in operation before beginning to discharge.
283.53(2d)(f) (f) Eliminate a point source from a permit if the discharge from that point source terminates and that termination does not cause the discharge of pollutants from other point sources to exceed permit limits.
283.53(2d)(g) (g) Incorporate into a permit a condition of a publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program that has been approved by the department.
283.53(2h) (2h) The department may, with the consent of the permittee, terminate a permit issued under s. 283.31 or 283.33 without following the procedures in sub. (2) (b) to (f).
283.53(2m) (2m) The department may, upon request of the permittee, revise or modify a schedule of compliance in an issued permit if it determines that the revision or modification is necessary because of the happening of an event over which the permittee has little or no control. The first revision made under this subsection during the term of a permit need comply only with sub. (2) (c). Subsequent requests shall be subject to sub. (2) (b) to (f).
283.53(3) (3)
283.53(3)(a)(a) Any permittee who wishes to continue to discharge after the expiration date of the permittee's permit shall file an application for reissuance of the permit at least 180 days prior to its expiration.
283.53(3)(b) (b) The department shall review each application for reissuance of a permit to ensure that:
283.53(3)(b)1. 1. The permittee is in substantial compliance with all the terms, conditions, requirements and schedules of compliance of the expired permit;
283.53(3)(b)2. 2. The department has current information on the permittee's production levels, waste treatment practices, and the nature, volume, content and frequency of the permittee's discharge;
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 135 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before December 14, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 14, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-14-17)