2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives VanderMeer, Krug,
Felzkowski, Mursau, Rohrkaste, Snyder, Steffen, Tauchen and Tittl,
cosponsored by Senators Testin, Kapenga, Nass and Tiffany. Referred to
Committee on Jobs and the Economy.
1An Act to renumber and amend
101.17; and to create
101.17 (2) of the 2
statutes; relating to: inspection requirements for chemical recovery boilers.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Safety and Professional Services has
promulgated rules that impose inspection requirements on boilers. This bill affects
those requirements for chemical recovery boilers. If a chemical recovery boiler meets
the highest rating of the insurer that provides coverage for the boiler, the bill limits
the frequency of periodic inspections, including internal inspection, that require
taking the boiler out of service. Under the bill, those periodic inspections may be
required no more frequently than once every 24 months. The frequency limit applies
to inspections of the boiler or any of its components.
In addition, the bill imposes a deadline on DSPS to act on applications for
exemptions or extensions with respect to periodic inspections of chemical recovery
boilers. If the owner or user of such a boiler applies for an exemption or extension
at least 120 days before the expiration of the inspection period that applies to the
boiler, the bill requires DSPS to take final action on the application at least 90 days
before the expiration of that inspection period.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
101.17 of the statutes is renumbered 101.17 (1) and amended to 2
101.17 (1) General prohibition.
No machine, mechanical device, or steam 4
boiler shall be installed or used in this state which does not fully comply with the 5
requirements of the laws of this state enacted for the safety of employees and 6
frequenters in places of employment and public buildings and with the orders of the 7
department adopted and published in conformity with this subchapter. Any person 8
violating this section subsection
shall be subject to the forfeitures provided in s. 9
101.02 (12) and (13).
101.17 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
101.17 (2) Chemical recovery boiler inspections.
(a) If a chemical recovery 12
boiler meets the highest rating of the insurer that provides coverage for the boiler, 13
no periodic inspection, including an internal inspection, of the boiler or any of its 14
components that requires taking the boiler out of service may be required more 15
frequently than once every 24 months.
(b) If the owner or user of a chemical recovery boiler applies to the department 17
for an exemption from a periodic inspection requirement, or an extension of the 18
period between inspections that is required, and the application is made at least 120 19
days before the expiration of the inspection period that applies to the boiler, the 20
department shall take final action on the application at least 90 days before the 21
expiration of that inspection period.