A responsible person may not submit more than one application under par. (a)
within a 12-month period for the same discharge site.
Within 10 days from the date of the receipt of an application under par. (a)
, the department shall notify the applicant of the receipt of the application. The department shall grant or deny the application within 90 days after receipt of the application unless the applicant agrees to an extension.
Before or after the department receives an application under par. (a)
, the department may issue a preliminary opinion on whether an applicant is eligible for reimbursement of corrective action costs. The opinion is not binding on the department.
No person may make a false statement or misrepresentation on an application submitted under this section. A person who makes a false statement or misrepresentation on an application related to a corrective action is ineligible for reimbursement related to that corrective action and is ineligible for any reimbursement related to any other corrective action taken or ordered within 5 years after the date of the false statement or misrepresentation. If the responsible person has received any reimbursement for which the responsible person is ineligible under this paragraph, the responsible person shall refund the full amount of that reimbursement to the department. The amounts refunded to the department under this paragraph shall be deposited in the agricultural chemical cleanup fund.
If the department determines that a responsible person is eligible for reimbursement of corrective action costs under sub. (3)
, the department shall authorize reimbursement in the amount specified in this subsection and in the manner provided in sub. (7)
If more than one responsible person is eligible for reimbursement under sub. (3)
for corrective action taken in response to one or more discharges at the same site, the combined amount paid to those responsible persons may not exceed the maximum amount specified for a single responsible person under this section, except as provided by the department by rule. The department shall allocate payments among the responsible persons according to rules promulgated by the department.
Except as provided in pars. (c)
, the department shall reimburse a responsible person an amount equal to 75% of the corrective action costs incurred for each discharge site that are greater than $3,000 and less than $400,000.
Except as provided in par. (e)
, the department shall reimburse a responsible person an amount equal to 75% of the corrective action costs incurred for each discharge site that are greater than $7,500 and less than $400,000 if any of the following applies:
The responsible person employs more than 25 persons.
The responsible person has gross annual sales of more than $2,500,000.
For the purposes for pars. (b)
, a discharge that occurs in the course of transporting an agricultural chemical is considered to have occurred at the site from which the agricultural chemical was being transported if the site from which the agricultural chemical was being transported is under the ownership or control of the person transporting the agricultural chemical.
The department may not reimburse corrective action costs that exceed $100,000 for any one discharge for which groundwater remediation is not ordered unless the criteria in rules promulgated under par. (f)
The department may promulgate rules under which it may provide reimbursement under pars. (b)
for corrective action costs that exceed $100,000 at a site at which groundwater remediation is not ordered if the applicant obtains the approval of the department before incurring the costs and if the contamination is extensive or complex cleanup strategies are required. The rules shall establish criteria for exceeding the $100,000 limit, such as the size of the area contaminated or the type of agricultural chemical that is involved.
The department may make payments to a responsible person who is eligible for reimbursement under sub. (3)
if the department has authorized reimbursement to that person under sub. (6)
. The department shall make payment from the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (7) (wm)
, subject to the availability of funds in that appropriation account. If there are insufficient funds to pay the full amounts authorized under sub. (6)
to all eligible responsible persons, the department shall distribute payments in the order in which applications were received, unless the department specifies, by rule, a different order of payment.
The department may promulgate rules specifying the procedure by which, and the order in which, it will distribute payments under par. (a)
. The department may establish distribution priorities or formulas based on the severity of contamination, the time elapsed since corrective action costs were incurred or other factors that the department considers appropriate.
The department is entitled to the right of subrogation for the reimbursement of corrective action costs to the extent that a responsible person who receives reimbursement of corrective action costs may recover the costs from a 3rd party. The amounts collected by the department under this subsection shall be deposited in the agricultural chemical cleanup fund.
(9) Sampling requirements.
The department, in cooperation with the department of natural resources, shall establish a program for the collection and analysis of soil and other environmental samples at sites where discharges may have occurred, including sites required to be registered according to rules promulgated by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under sub. (11)
The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section. The department may promulgate rules regarding all of the following:
The form of the application required to be filed with the department by persons seeking reimbursement of corrective action costs.
The procedures to be used by the department in determining eligibility for and the amount of reimbursement for corrective action costs.
The procedures to be used in making annual payments under sub. (7)
Registration requirements for persons who own or operate pesticide mixing and loading sites.
Reasonable and customary charges for corrective action costs.
Payment priorities under sub. (7)
among eligible responsible persons.
Requirements related to the contents of orders under sub. (2)
or work plans under sub. (4) (a)
Corrective action costs that are not eligible for reimbursement under this section.
(12) Memorandum of understanding.
The department and the department of natural resources shall enter into a memorandum of understanding establishing their respective functions in the administration of this section. The memorandum of understanding shall establish procedures to ensure that corrective actions taken under this section are consistent with actions taken under s. 292.11 (7)
. The department and the department of natural resources may request that the secretary of administration provide assistance in accomplishing the memorandum of understanding.
(12m) Sample collection and analysis.
For the purpose of investigating a discharge or exercising its authority under this section, the department may collect and analyze samples of plants, soil, surface water, groundwater and other material.
Any person who violates this section or an order issued or rule promulgated under this section shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $5,000 for each violation. Each day of continued violation is a separate offense.
The department, the department of justice at the request of the department or any district attorney at the request of the department may bring an action in the name of the state to recover a forfeiture under sub. (13)
or to seek an injunction restraining the violation of an order issued by the department under this section.
The department may not increase a surcharge above the following amount:
If the department proposes to promulgate a rule under par. (a)
using the procedures under s. 227.24
, the department shall notify the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance before beginning those procedures. If the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the secretary that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the proposed rule, the department may begin the procedures under s. 227.24
. If, within 14 working days after the date of the department's notification, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the secretary that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the proposed rule, the department may not begin the procedures under s. 227.24
until the committee approves the proposed rule.
NOTE: 2005 Wis. Act 347
, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
Prevention of pollution from agricultural chemicals. 94.74(2)
The department may provide financial assistance to a business to pay not more than 50 percent of the costs of capital improvements designed to prevent pollution from agricultural chemicals. Under this section, the department may not provide funding for capital improvements at any site in an amount that exceeds $500,000 less any amount received under s. 94.73
for the site. The department may not expend more than $250,000 per fiscal year under this section.
The department shall promulgate rules for determining eligible businesses, eligible projects, and allowable costs for financial assistance under this section.
History: 2007 a. 20
Honeybee disease and pest control. 94.76(1)
The department shall maintain surveillance of the beekeeping industry for the detection and prevention of honeybee diseases and pests, and may promulgate or issue such rules or orders or adopt such control measures which in its judgment may be necessary to prevent, suppress or control the introduction, spread or dissemination of honeybee diseases and pests in this state.
In the execution of its functions under this section, the department and its authorized agents shall have free access at all reasonable times to all apiaries, buildings, structures, rooms, vehicles or places where honeybees, beehives, beekeeping equipment or appliances, or honeybee products may be kept or stored, or in which they may be transported, and may open any package or container believed to contain honeybees, honeycombs, honeybee products, beekeeping equipment or appliances or any other materials capable of transmitting honeybee diseases or harboring pests, and obtain inspectional samples from such products or materials for further testing, examination or analysis.
Honeybees shall be kept in movable frame hives. No person shall knowingly store, hold or expose honeybee products, beehives or any other beekeeping equipment or appliances in a manner which may contribute to the spread or dissemination of honeybee diseases or pests.
No person may bring or cause to be brought into this state any honeybee, beehive, drawn comb or used beekeeping equipment or appliances without reporting the shipment to the department. Reports shall be made on forms furnished by the department which shall include the name and address of the consignor, name and address of the consignee, date and manner of shipment, and any further information that the department requires. All reports shall be accompanied by a certificate from an official inspector certifying that the materials have been inspected as required by the department by rule and are apparently free from honeybee diseases or pests.
The department shall charge fees sufficient to cover the reasonable cost of inspections made at the request of any beekeeper to enable the interstate movement of beekeeping equipment or appliances, or honeybees or their products, and may bring an action for the payment thereof including reasonable costs of collection.
Beekeepers, etc.; agricultural pursuit.
The moving, raising and producing of bees, beeswax, honey and honey products shall be deemed an agricultural pursuit. Any keeper of 50 or more hives of bees who is engaged in the foregoing activities is a farmer and engaged in farming for all statutory purposes.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter for which a specific penalty is not prescribed, or an order issued or rule promulgated under such a provision, may be fined not more than $1,000 for the first offense and may be fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both for each subsequent offense.
In lieu of the criminal penalty under sub. (1)
, a person who violates any provision of this chapter for which a specific penalty is not prescribed, or an order issued or rule promulgated under such a provision, may be required to forfeit not less than $200 nor more than $5,000 or, for an offense committed within 5 years of an offense for which a penalty has been assessed under this section, may be required to forfeit not less than $400 nor more than $10,000.
The department may seek an injunction restraining any person from violating this chapter or a rule promulgated under this chapter.
History: 1999 a. 83
; 2009 a. 42