(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