299.55(2)(d) (d) Use of confidential records. Except as provided under par. (c) and this paragraph, the department or the department of justice may use records and other information granted confidential status under this subsection only in the administration and enforcement of s. 287.15 or 299.53. The department or the department of justice may release for general distribution records and other information granted confidential status under this subsection if the applicant expressly agrees to the release. The department or the department of justice may release on a limited basis records and other information granted confidential status under this subsection if the department or the department of justice is directed to take this action by a judge or hearing examiner under an order which protects the confidentiality of the records or other information. The department or the department of justice may release to the U.S. environmental protection agency or its authorized representative records and other information granted confidential status under this subsection if the department or the department of justice includes in each release of records or other information a request to the U.S. environmental protection agency or its authorized representative to protect the confidentiality of the records or other information.
299.55 History History: 1987 a. 384; 1989 a. 335 s. 89; 1995 a. 227 s. 645; Stats. 1995 s. 299.55.
299.62 299.62 Environmental protection requirements for tank vessels.
299.62(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
299.62(1)(a) (a) “Bulk" means an undivided quantity of a substance that is loaded directly into a vessel and is not divided into individual containers.
299.62(1)(am) (am) “Discharge" has the meaning given in s. 292.01 (3).
299.62(1)(b) (b) “Double hull" has the meaning given in 33 CFR 157.03 (kk).
299.62(1)(c) (c) “Hazardous material" has the meaning given in 46 USC 2101 (14).
299.62(1)(d) (d) “Oil" means hydrocarbon, vegetable or mineral oil of any kind or in any form and includes oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil.
299.62(1)(e) (e) “Tank vessel" means a vessel that is constructed or adapted to carry, or that carries, oil or hazardous material in bulk as cargo or cargo residue.
299.62(2) (2)Prohibition.
299.62(2)(a) (a) Except as provided in par. (b) or (c), no tank vessel of under 5,000 gross tons may transport oil or hazardous material in bulk on that part of the Mississippi River over which this state has jurisdiction from the northern boundary of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to the southernmost point of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in this state unless the tank vessel has a double hull.
299.62(2)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a tank vessel when the tank vessel and its crew are in danger due to extreme weather conditions.
299.62(2)(c) (c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a self-propelled tank vessel or a tank vessel that is propelled by a towing vessel if a tugboat accompanies the self-propelled tank vessel or tank vessel and towing vessel.
299.62(3) (3)Penalties.
299.62(3)(a) (a) Except as provided under par. (b), any person who owns or controls the movement of a tank vessel violating sub. (2) shall be required to forfeit not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000.
299.62(3)(b) (b) Any person who owns or controls the movement of a tank vessel violating sub. (2) and who, within 5 years before the commission of the current violation, was previously convicted of violating sub. (2) shall be fined not less than $10,000 nor more than $25,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both.
299.62(3)(c) (c) In addition to any penalty under par. (a) or (b), any person who owns or controls the movement of a tank vessel violating sub. (2) from which oil or a hazardous material is discharged shall be required to forfeit triple the amount of the damage to the environment.
299.62 History History: 1995 a. 290 s. 10; 1997 a. 35 s. 329.
299.64 299.64 Open burning on commercial vessels.
299.64(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
299.64(1)(a) (a) “Commercial vessel" means a vessel that is operated to transport property or passengers for hire or used by its operator or owner to earn a livelihood.
299.64(1)(b) (b) “Open burning" has the meaning given in s. 289.51 (1) (b).
299.64(2) (2)Prohibition. No person may engage in or permit open burning on a commercial vessel in the waters of the state.
299.64(3) (3)Citations. The department may follow the procedures for the issuance of a citation under ss. 23.50 to 23.99 to collect a forfeiture for a violation of sub. (2).
299.64(4) (4)Penalty. Any person who violates sub. (2) shall be required to forfeit no less than $100 nor more than $500.
299.64 History History: 1995 a. 290 s. 11; 1997 a. 35 s. 330.
299.66 299.66 Inspecting vessels. An employee or agent of the department may board and inspect any vessel that is subject to s. 299.62 or 299.64 to determine the state of compliance with those provisions.
299.66 History History: 1995 a. 290 s. 13; 1997 a. 35 s. 331.
299.80 299.80 Environmental cooperation pilot program.
299.80(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
299.80(1)(a) (a) “Approval" means a permit, license or other approval issued by the department under chs. 280 to 295.
299.80(1)(b) (b) “Cooperative agreement" means an agreement entered into under sub. (6).
299.80(1)(c) (c) “Environmental management system" means an organized set of procedures implemented by the owner or operator of a facility to evaluate the environmental performance of the facility and to achieve measurable or noticeable improvements in that environmental performance through planning and changes in the facility's operations.
299.80(1)(d) (d) “Environmental performance" means the effects, whether regulated under chs. 280 to 295 or unregulated, of a facility on air, water, land, natural resources and human health.
299.80(1)(e) (e) “Facility" means all buildings, equipment and structures located on a single parcel or on adjacent parcels that are owned or operated by the same person.
299.80(1)(f) (f) “Interested person" means a person who is or may be affected by the activities at a facility that is covered or proposed to be covered by a cooperative agreement or a representative of such a person.
299.80(1)(g) (g) “Performance evaluation" means a systematic, documented and objective review, conducted by or on behalf of the owner or operator of a facility, of the environmental performance of the facility, including an evaluation of compliance with the cooperative agreement covering the facility, approvals that are not replaced by the cooperative agreement and the provisions of chs. 280 to 295 and rules promulgated under those chapters for which a variance is not granted under sub. (4).
299.80(1)(h) (h) “Pollutant" means any of the following:
299.80(1)(h)1. 1. Any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, refuse, oil, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive substance, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt or industrial, municipal or agricultural waste discharged into water or onto land.
299.80(1)(h)2. 2. Any dust, fumes, mist, liquid, smoke, other particulate matter, vapor, gas, odorous substances or any combination of those things emitted into the air, but not uncombined water vapor.
299.80(1)(i) (i) “Violation" means a violation of a cooperative agreement, of an approval that is not replaced by the cooperative agreement or of a provision of chs. 280 to 295 and rules promulgated under those chapters for which a participant has not received a variance under sub. (4).
299.80(2) (2)Pilot program. The department shall administer a pilot program under which it enters into not more than 10 cooperative agreements to evaluate innovative environmental regulatory methods. In administering the program, the department shall do all of the following:
299.80(2)(a) (a) Provide at least the same level of protection of public health and the environment as provided by the environmental regulatory methods under chs. 280 to 295.
299.80(2)(b) (b) Encourage facility owners and operators to systematically assess the pollution that they cause, directly and indirectly, to the air, water and land.
299.80(2)(c) (c) Encourage facility owners and operators to implement efficient and cost-effective pollution reduction strategies for their facilities, while complying with verifiable and enforceable pollution limits.
299.80(2)(d) (d) Encourage facility owners and operators to achieve superior environmental performance, both with respect to the effects of a facility that are regulated under chs. 280 to 295 and those effects that are unregulated, to reduce usage of natural resources, to minimize transfers of waste discharges among air, water and land and to reduce waste generation, while achieving a balance among the economic, social and environmental impacts of these efforts that is acceptable to the community in which the facility is located.
299.80(2)(e) (e) Recognize and reward facility owners and operators who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in environmental stewardship or pollution prevention and who can achieve reductions in emissions and waste generation through implementation of innovative measures.
299.80(2)(f) (f) Encourage the transfer of information about methods for improving environmental performance and the adoption of these methods by others.
299.80(2)(g) (g) Consolidate into a cooperative agreement environmental requirements relating to a facility owned or operated by a participant that are otherwise included in separate approvals to the extent that consolidation is practical and efficient.
299.80(2)(h) (h) Grant the owners and operators of facilities greater flexibility than would otherwise be allowed under chs. 280 to 295 and rules promulgated under those chapters.
299.80(2)(i) (i) Seek to reduce the time and money spent by government and owners and operators of facilities on paperwork and other administrative tasks that do not result in benefits to the environment.
299.80(2)(j) (j) Encourage public participation, and consensus among interested persons, in the development of innovative environmental regulatory methods and in monitoring the environmental performance of projects under this section.
299.80(2)(k) (k) Seek to improve the provision of useful information to the public about the environmental and human health impacts of facilities on communities.
299.80(2)(L) (L) Provide public access to information about performance evaluations conducted by participants in the program under this section.
299.80(2)(m) (m) Encourage facility owners and operators and communities to work together to reduce pollution to levels below the levels required under chs. 280 to 295.
299.80(2)(n) (n) Seek to increase trust among government, facility owners and operators and the public through open communication and support of early and credible resolution of conflicts over issues concerning the environment and environmental regulation.
299.80(3) (3)Content of cooperative agreements. A cooperative agreement shall do all of the following:
299.80(3)(a) (a) Identify the facility or facilities, the activities and the pollutants that are covered by the cooperative agreement.
299.80(3)(b) (b) Specify any approvals and provisions of approvals that are replaced by the cooperative agreement.
299.80(3)(c) (c) Commit the participant to implement an environmental management system that is based on the standards for environmental management systems issued by the International Organization for Standardization, or an alternative environmental management system that is acceptable to the department, at the covered facilities and commit the participant to documenting the environmental management system.
299.80(3)(d) (d) Commit the participant to superior environmental performance, to achieving measurable or noticeable improvements in environmental performance, to reducing natural resource usage and to reducing waste generation, while achieving a balance among the economic, social and environmental impacts of these efforts that is acceptable to the community in which the facility is located.
299.80(3)(e) (e) Specify waste reduction goals in measurable and verifiable terms.
299.80(3)(f) (f) Identify changes in raw materials, in the design, methods of production, distribution or uses of products or in the reuse, recycling or disposal of materials that the participant will implement to achieve process efficiencies, to reduce the pollution of the air, water and land and to reduce water use, energy use or indoor chemical exposure.
299.80(3)(g) (g) Contain pollution limits that are verifiable, enforceable and at least as stringent as the pollution limits under chs. 280 to 295 and rules promulgated under those chapters.
299.80(3)(h) (h) Describe the operational flexibility granted to the participant and any variances granted under sub. (4).
299.80(3)(i) (i) Contain the requirements that would be included in any approvals that are replaced by the cooperative agreement, as modified under pars. (g) and (h).
299.80(3)(j) (j) Require the participant to submit a baseline performance evaluation within 180 days of the date that the cooperative agreement is entered into and to update the performance evaluation periodically.
299.80(3)(k) (k) Require the participant to report any violations discovered during a performance evaluation as required in sub. (12).
299.80(3)(L) (L) Ensure that members of the interested persons group, established as required under sub. (5) (b), have the opportunity to comment on the participant's environmental management system and are involved in reviewing the participant's performance under the cooperative agreement and require a process that seeks consensus between the participant and interested persons over issues concerning that performance.
299.80(3)(m) (m) Require the participant to assist interested persons to understand the implementation of the cooperative agreement.
299.80(3)(n) (n) Require the participant to provide information to the public about the participant's environmental performance and the results of the project, including environmental, social and economic impacts, and to meet with interested persons at least once every 6 months to discuss the implementation of the participant's environmental management system and to receive comments on the progress of the project.
299.80(3)(o) (o) Describe how the participant will measure the opinions of its employees and the public concerning its participation in the program under this section.
299.80(3)(p) (p) Require the participant to assess the success of the project in reducing the time and money spent by the participant on paperwork and other administrative activities that do not directly benefit the environment.
299.80(3)(q) (q) Specify that the term of the agreement is 5 years with the possibility of a renewal for up to 5 years as provided in sub. (6e).
299.80(4) (4)Variances.
299.80(4)(a) (a) If chs. 280 to 295 or rules promulgated under those chapters authorize the department to grant a variance from a requirement that would otherwise apply to a facility covered by a cooperative agreement and the participant qualifies under the standards provided in the statutes or rules for granting the variance, the department may grant a variance from that requirement.
299.80(4)(b) (b) If a variance is not authorized under par. (a), the department may grant a participant a variance from a requirement in chs. 280 to 295 that would otherwise apply to a facility covered by a cooperative agreement if the variance results in a measurable reduction in overall levels of pollution caused by the participant and is consistent with subs. (2) and (3) (g) and does one of the following:
299.80(4)(b)1. 1. Promotes the reduction in overall levels of pollution to below the levels required under chs. 280 to 295.
299.80(4)(b)2. 2. Provides for alternative monitoring, testing, record keeping, notification or reporting requirements that reduce the administrative burden on state agencies or the participant and that provide the information needed to ensure compliance with the cooperative agreement and the provisions of chs. 280 to 295 and rules promulgated under those chapters for which the cooperative agreement does not grant a variance.
299.80(5) (5)Application. The department shall solicit applications for participation in the program under this section. The owner or operator of a facility that is required to be covered by at least one approval under chs. 280 to 295 may apply to participate in the pilot program by submitting all of the following:
299.80(5)(a) (a) A proposed cooperative agreement that satisfies sub. (3).
299.80(5)(b) (b) A description of the process used by the applicant to establish an interested persons group that includes residents of the area in which the facility proposed to be covered by the agreement is located, a list of members of the interested persons group and a description of the involvement of the interested persons group in the development of the proposed cooperative agreement.
299.80(6) (6)Entering into cooperative agreements.
299.80(6)(a)(a) The department shall review each application submitted under sub. (5). Upon completion of that review, the department shall decide whether to enter into negotiations with the applicant. In determining whether to enter into negotiations and in selecting participants, the department shall seek to ensure participation by a variety of types, sizes and locations of facilities and shall consult with the federal environmental protection agency. A decision by the department not to enter into negotiations is not subject to review under ch. 227. If the department decides to enter into negotiations, it shall prepare a draft cooperative agreement and provide public notice of its decision in the manner provided in sub. (8) (d).
299.80(6)(b) (b) During negotiations concerning a proposed cooperative agreement, the department may not modify or revoke any approval for a facility that would be replaced by the cooperative agreement if the applicant is not violating the approval.
299.80(6)(c) (c) The department may terminate negotiations with an applicant concerning a proposed cooperative agreement and the decision to terminate negotiations is not subject to review under ch. 227.
299.80(6)(d) (d) Except as provided in par. (e), the department may enter into a cooperative agreement with an applicant if the department determines that the applicant's efforts described under sub. (5) (b) were adequate, that the cooperative agreement complies with sub. (3) and that entering into the agreement will assist the department to comply with sub. (2). The decision by the department to enter into a cooperative agreement is not subject to review under ch. 227. A cooperative agreement is subject to review under ch. 227.
299.80(6)(e) (e) The department may not enter into an initial cooperative agreement after October 1, 2002.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated by 2017 Wis. Acts 368 to 370 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on March 11, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after March 11, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 3-11-19)