general environmental provisions
Laboratory certification program.
Hazardous pollution prevention.
Reports on substances used; wastewater fee.
Financial interest prohibited.
Uniform transboundary pollution reciprocal access act.
Household hazardous waste.
Collection and disposal of products containing 2,4,5-T and silvex.
Manufacture and purchase of polychlorinated biphenyls.
Medical waste management.
Confidentiality of records; used oil collection facilities and used oil fuel facilities.
Environmental protection requirements for tank vessels.
Open burning on commercial vessels.
Hearings; procedure; review.
Enforcement; duty of department of justice; expenses.
Penalties and remedies.
Ch. 299 Note
Note: 1995 Wis. Act 227
renumbered the provisions of chs. 144, 147, 159 and 162, Stats. 1993-94, to be chs. 280-299, Stats. 1995-96. For a table tracing former section numbers see the Addenda & Errata at the end of Volume 5.
In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
"Department" means the department of natural resources.
"Environmental pollution" means the contaminating or rendering unclean or impure the air, land or waters of the state, or making the same injurious to public health, harmful for commercial or recreational use, or deleterious to fish, bird, animal or plant life.
"Groundwater" means any of the waters of the state occurring in a saturated subsurface geological formation of rock or soil.
"Hazardous substance" means any substance or combination of substances including any waste of a solid, semisolid, liquid or gaseous form which may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness or which may pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics. This term includes, but is not limited to, substances which are toxic, corrosive, flammable, irritants, strong sensitizers or explosives as determined by the department.
"Industrial wastes" include liquid or other wastes resulting from any process of industry, manufacture, trade or business or the development of any natural resource.
"Municipality" means any city, town, village, county, county utility district, town sanitary district, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district or metropolitan sewage district.
"Other wastes" include all other substances, except industrial wastes and sewage, which pollute any of the surface waters of the state. The term also includes unnecessary siltation resulting from operations such as the washing of vegetables or raw food products, gravel washing, stripping of lands for development of subdivisions, highways, quarries and gravel pits, mine drainage, cleaning of vehicles or barges or gross neglect of land erosion.
"Person" means an individual, owner, operator, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, municipality, interstate agency, state agency or federal agency.
"Sewage" means the water-carried wastes created in and to be conducted away from residences, industrial establishments and public buildings, as defined in s. 101.01 (12)
, with such surface water or groundwater as may be present.
"Sewerage system" means all structures, conduits and pipe lines by which sewage is collected and disposed of, except plumbing inside and in connection with buildings served, and service pipes from building to street main.
History: 1995 a. 227
Laboratory certification program. 299.11(1)
As used in this section:
"Accuracy" means the closeness of a measured value to its generally accepted value or its value based upon an accepted reference standard.
"Certified laboratory" means a laboratory which performs tests for hire in connection with a covered program and which receives certification under sub. (7)
or receives recognition as a certified laboratory under sub. (5)
"Covered program" means test results submitted in connection with any of the following:
A feasibility report, plan of operation or the condition of any license issued for a solid waste facility under subch. III of ch. 289
, or hazardous waste facility under s. 291.25 (2)
Monitoring required by terms and conditions of a permit issued under ch. 283
The terms of department contracts when specifically required in the contracts.
A regulatory program specified by the department by rule if, after consultation with the council, the department finds that existing quality control programs do not provide consistent and reliable results and the best available remedy is to require that all laboratories performing the tests for that regulatory program be certified or registered.
"Laboratory" means a facility which performs tests in connection with a covered program.
"Precision" means the closeness of repeated measurements of the same parameter within a sample.
"Registered laboratory" means a laboratory which is registered under sub. (8)
or receives recognition as a registered laboratory under sub. (5)
"Results" includes measurements, determinations and information obtained or derived from tests.
"Test" means any chemical, bacteriological, biological, physical, radiation or microscopic test, examination or analysis conducted by a laboratory on water, wastewater, waste material, soil or hazardous substance.
"Test category" means one type of test or group of tests specified by rule under sub. (4)
for similar materials or classes of materials or which utilize similar methods or related methods.