NR 216.22 History History: CR 03-028: cr. Register July 2004 No. 583, eff. 8-1-04; CR 21-027: am. (4) Register March 2022 No. 795, eff. 4-1-22.
NR 216.23 NR 216.23Permit coverage.
NR 216.23(1)(1)Tier 1 general permit. The department may issue a statewide general permit to cover all tier 1 type storm water discharges where the discharges are not covered by an industry-specific general permit issued pursuant to s. NR 216.24, or by an individual permit issued pursuant to s. 283.31 or 283.33, Stats.
NR 216.23(2) (2) Tier 2 general permit. The department may issue a statewide general permit to cover all tier 2 type storm water discharges where the discharges are not covered by an industry-specific general permit issued pursuant to s. NR 216.24, or by an individual permit issued pursuant to s. 283.31 or 283.33, Stats.
NR 216.23(3) (3) Changing to tier 2.
NR 216.23(3)(a)(a) A permittee covered by a tier 1 general industrial storm water discharge permit issued under this section, or a permit issued under s. NR 216.24, may request that the department consider converting the permittee's coverage to a tier 2 general industrial storm water discharge permit if all of the following occur:
NR 216.23(3)(a)1. 1. The process or operation is managed so that no storm water is contaminated with any of the pollutants identified in s. NR 216.27 (3) (j).
NR 216.23(3)(a)2. 2. The permittee certifies that there is no unauthorized discharge at the outfall.
NR 216.23(3)(a)3. 3. The permittee has completed a minimum of 3 years of industrial activity under a SWPPP, with no confirmed problems identified by public complaint or the annual facility site compliance inspection reports required under s. NR 216.29 (2).
NR 216.23(3)(b) (b) The department may elect to cover any industrial storm water discharge under a tier 2 general permit where the department determines that a tier 2 general permit is appropriate.
NR 216.23(4) (4) Changing to tier 1. If the department determines that a facility or an industrial activity covered under a tier 2 general permit may be discharging storm water contaminated with pollutants listed in s. NR 216.27 (3) (j), the department may require that the facility or activity be covered by a tier 1 general permit.
NR 216.23 History History: CR 03-028: cr. Register July 2004 No. 583, eff. 8-1-04.
NR 216.24 NR 216.24Industry-specific general permits.
NR 216.24(1)(1)Industry-specific permits. In addition to statewide general permits issued under s. NR 216.23 (1) or (2), the department may issue industry-specific general storm water discharge permits to one or more categories of industries identified in s. NR 216.21 (2).
NR 216.24(2) (2) Requirements. Industry-specific general industrial storm water discharge permits shall differ from the statewide storm water general permits by factoring in characteristics common to the industry including the characteristic that requirements of the permit may contain phased source area control compliance schedules.
NR 216.24(3) (3) Cooperative compliance program.
NR 216.24(3)(a) (a) The department may allow a permittee to participate in a program to assist the facility with maintaining compliance with an industry-specific permit. The department may waive certain requirements of this subchapter via permit in exchange for alternative requirements such as mandatory education and a facility inspection program that the department finds to be equivalent or more effective at controlling pollution from storm water runoff.
NR 216.24(3)(b) (b) The department may terminate a cooperative compliance program if it finds that the program is ineffective.
NR 216.24 History History: CR 03-028: cr. Register July 2004 No. 583, eff. 8-1-04.
NR 216.25 NR 216.25Individual permit.
NR 216.25(1)(1)Permit requirements. Requirements of an individual WPDES permit issued under s. 283.31 or 283.33, Stats., shall be consistent with similar requirements in general storm water discharge permits, except where the department determines that more stringent requirements are necessary to meet a performance standard of ch. NR 151 or a water quality standard. The department may require that specific source area controls be used as a requirement of an individual permit.
NR 216.25(2) (2) Effluent limitations. A facility covered by an individual WPDES storm water permit under s. 283.33 (1) (d), Stats., may be subject to an effluent limitation for a point source discharge, as defined in s. 283.01 (6), Stats., for storm water discharge.
NR 216.25(3) (3) Individual permit coverage. If it determines that one or more of the following conditions are met, the department may require that a storm water discharge be covered by an individual WPDES permit under s. 283.31 or 283.33, Stats.:
NR 216.25(3)(a) (a) The storm water discharge is a significant source of pollution and more appropriately regulated by an individual WPDES storm water permit.
NR 216.25(3)(b) (b) The storm water discharger is not in compliance with the terms and conditions of this chapter, or a general storm water discharge permit issued under this subchapter.
NR 216.25(3)(c) (c) Effluent limitations or standards are promulgated for a storm water discharge.
NR 216.25(4) (4) Petition. Any person may submit a written request to the department that it take action under this section.
NR 216.25(5) (5) Revocation of general permit coverage. If the department determines that an industrial facility should be covered by an individual WPDES permit, the department shall explain its decision in writing to the permittee prior to revoking general permit coverage and issuing an individual WPDES permit.
NR 216.25 History History: CR 03-028: cr. Register July 2004 No. 583, eff. 8-1-04.
NR 216.27 NR 216.27Storm water pollution prevention plan.
NR 216.27(1)(1)Applicability. Any person who owns or operates an industrial activity with a storm water discharge subject to the applicability requirements of s. NR 216.21 (2) that does not qualify for a no exposure certification under s. NR 216.21 (3) shall prepare and implement an SWPPP under this section.
NR 216.27(2) (2) Incorporation by reference. When plans are developed or activities conducted in accordance with other federal, state or local regulatory programs that meet the requirements of this section, the plans may be incorporated into the SWPPP by reference.
NR 216.27(3) (3) Plan requirements. The SWPPP shall contain, at a minimum, the following items and provisions:
NR 216.27(3)(a) (a) The SWPPP shall identify by job title the specific individual who has primary responsibility for all aspects of SWPPP development and implementation and identify any other individuals concerned with SWPPP development or implementation, and their respective roles. The specific individual who has primary responsibility shall develop, evaluate, maintain and revise the SWPPP; and carry out the specific management actions identified in the SWPPP, including: maintenance practices, monitoring activities, preparing and submitting reports and serving as facility contact for the department.
NR 216.27(3)(b) (b) The SWPPP shall contain a short summary of the major activities conducted at various locations throughout the facility.
NR 216.27(3)(c) (c) The SWPPP shall include a drainage base map depicting all of the following:
NR 216.27(3)(c)1. 1. How storm water drains on, through and from the facility to groundwater, surface water or wetlands.
NR 216.27(3)(c)2. 2. The facility property.
NR 216.27(3)(c)3. 3. A depiction of the storm drainage collection and disposal system including all surface and subsurface conveyances.
NR 216.27(3)(c)4. 4. Any secondary containment structures.
NR 216.27(3)(c)5. 5. The location of all outfalls that discharge channelized flow to surface water, ground water or wetlands, including outfalls recognized as permitted outfalls under another WPDES permit, numbered for reference.
NR 216.27(3)(c)6. 6. The drainage area boundary for each outfall.
NR 216.27(3)(c)7. 7. The surface area in acres draining to each outfall, including the percentage that is impervious such as paved, roofed or highly compacted soil, and the percentage that is pervious such as grassy areas and woods.
NR 216.27(3)(c)8. 8. Existing structural storm water controls.
NR 216.27(3)(c)9. 9. The name and location of receiving waters. Also identify receiving waters, including downstream waters, that are designated as ERW, ORW, or impaired waters.
NR 216.27 Note Note: A list of outstanding resource waters and exceptional resource waters may be found on the department website at: A list of Wisconsin impaired waterbodies is updated every two years and may be found on the department website at: .
NR 216.27(3)(c)10. 10. The location of activities and materials that have the potential to contaminate storm water.
NR 216.27(3)(d) (d) The SWPPP shall summarize any results of available storm water sampling data or other observations that characterize the quality of storm water discharges or identifying sources of storm water contamination. Available data that characterizes the quality of storm drainage discharges under dry weather flow conditions shall also be included, except when the data has been or will be reported to the department under another WPDES permit.
NR 216.27(3)(e) (e) The SWPPP shall identify all potential source areas of storm water contamination including:
NR 216.27(3)(e)1. 1. Outdoor manufacturing areas.
NR 216.27(3)(e)2. 2. Rooftops contaminated by industrial activity.
NR 216.27(3)(e)3. 3. Industrial plant yards.
NR 216.27(3)(e)4. 4. Storage and maintenance areas for material handling equipment.
NR 216.27(3)(e)5. 5. Immediate access roads and rail lines.
NR 216.27(3)(e)6. 6. Material handling sites including storage, loading, unloading, transportation, or conveyance of any raw material, finished product, intermediate product and by-product or waste areas.
NR 216.27(3)(e)7. 7. Storage areas for raw materials, finished and intermediate products including tank farms.
NR 216.27(3)(e)8. 8. Disposal or application of wastewater.
NR 216.27(3)(e)9. 9. Areas containing residual pollutants from past industrial activity.
NR 216.27(3)(e)10. 10. Areas of significant soil erosion.
NR 216.27(3)(e)11. 11. Refuse sites.
NR 216.27(3)(e)12. 12. Vehicle maintenance and cleaning areas.
NR 216.27(3)(e)13. 13. Washing areas for equipment, vehicles, containers or other material.
NR 216.27(3)(e)14. 14. Shipping and receiving areas.
NR 216.27(3)(e)15. 15. Manufacturing buildings.
NR 216.27(3)(e)16. 16. Residual treatment, storage and disposal sites.
NR 216.27(3)(e)17. 17. Any other areas capable of contaminating storm water runoff.
NR 216.27(3)(f) (f) Specific pollutants likely to be present in storm water as a result of contact with source areas identified in par. (e) shall also be listed.
NR 216.27(3)(g) (g) The SWPPP shall identify all contaminated and uncontaminated sources of non-storm water discharges to the storm sewer system and indicate which are covered by WPDES permits. The SWPPP shall contain the results of the non-storm water discharge monitoring required by s. NR 216.28. If monitoring is not feasible due to the lack of suitable access to an appropriate monitoring location, the SWPPP shall include a statement that the monitoring could not be conducted and an explanation of the reasons why.
NR 216.27(3)(h) (h) The SWPPP shall rely to the maximum extent practicable, and to the extent it is cost effective, on the use of source area control best management practices that are designed to prevent storm water from becoming contaminated at the site. Source area control best management practices that are either proposed or in place at the facility shall be indicated on the facility drainage base map. The SWPPP shall provide for the use of the following applicable source area control best management practices:
NR 216.27(3)(h)1. 1. Practices to control significant soil erosion.
NR 216.27(3)(h)2. 2. Good housekeeping measures, preventive maintenance measures, visual inspections, spill prevention and response measures and employee training and awareness.
NR 216.27(3)(h)3. 3. Covering or enclosing salt storage piles so that neither precipitation nor storm water runoff can come into contact with the stored salt; or, for facilities that use brine and have salt storage piles on impervious curbed surfaces, a means of diverting contaminated storm water to a brine treatment system for process use.
NR 216.27(3)(h)4. 4. Use of a combination of precipitation control, containment, drainage controls or diversions to control section 313 water priority chemicals potentially discharged through the action of storm water runoff, leaching or wind.
NR 216.27(3)(i) (i) The SWPPP shall maintain best management practices necessary to maintain compliance with the performance standards in s. NR 151.12 for those areas that are described in s. NR 151.12 (2).
NR 216.27(3)(j) (j) The SWPPP shall identify pollutants that are likely to contaminate storm water discharges to waters of the state following implementation of source area control best management practices. Past sampling data collected at the facility or at sufficiently similar outfalls at other facilities may be used in making this determination. At a minimum, all of the following pollutants shall be considered for their potential to contaminate storm water:
NR 216.27(3)(j)1. 1. Any pollutant for which an effluent limitation is contained in any WPDES permit issued to the facility by the department.
NR 216.27(3)(j)2. 2. Any pollutant contained in a categorical effluent limitation or pre-treatment standard to which the facility is subject.
NR 216.27(3)(j)3. 3. Any section 313 water priority chemical for which the facility has reporting requirements and which has the potential for contaminating storm water.
NR 216.27(3)(j)4. 4. Any other toxic or hazardous pollutants from present or past activity at the site that remain in contact with precipitation or storm water and which could be discharged to the waters of the state and which are not regulated by another environmental program.
NR 216.27(3)(j)5. 5. Any of the following parameters that might be present in significant concentrations: oil and grease; acids or bases; total suspended solids; 5-day biological oxygen demand; chemical oxygen demand.
NR 216.27(3)(j)6. 6. Any pollutant identified as contributing to the impairment if the facility discharges to an impaired water.
NR 216.27(3)(k) (k) When source area control best management practices are not feasible, not cost effective or are inadequate to control storm water pollution, or when the department determines source area control best management practices are inadequate to achieve a water quality standard, the SWPPP shall prescribe appropriate storm water treatment practices as needed to reduce the pollutants in contaminated storm water prior to discharge to waters of the state. Proposed or existing storm water treatment practices shall be shown on the facility drainage basin map. The SWPPP shall provide for the following types of storm water treatment practices:
NR 216.27(3)(k)1. 1. Storm water significantly contaminated with petroleum products shall be treated for oil and grease removal by an adequately sized, designed and functioning wastewater treatment device. Coverage under an individual or general WPDES permit is required for discharges of storm water from oil/water treatment devices.
NR 216.27(3)(k)2. 2. Point source discharges of storm water contaminated by significant amounts of sediment from eroding areas, including bare earth industrial lots and ongoing industrial processes, shall be treated by filtration or settling type practices.
NR 216.27(3)(L) (L) The SWPPP shall include provisions for complying with the monitoring requirements specified in s. NR 216.28. The SWPPP shall include a checklist of inspections to be made during the annual facility site inspection described in s. NR 216.28 (2). The SWPPP shall also identify for each outfall the type of monitoring that will be conducted, such as non-storm water discharge monitoring; storm water discharge quality inspections; or chemical pollutant monitoring for facilities covered under a tier 1 permit. The following are requirements for facilities covered under a tier 1 permit:
NR 216.27(3)(L)1. 1. A list of chemical parameters proposed for testing at each outfall shall be included along with the analytic sample testing procedures from ch. NR 219 that will be used to determine pollutant concentrations.
NR 216.27(3)(L)2. 2. The list of chemical parameters shall include each of the residual pollutants identified in par. (j), or an explanation of why the pollutant should not be included in the chemical testing.
NR 216.27(3)(m) (m) The SWPPP shall include an implementation schedule that is consistent with the compliance schedule in the general storm water discharge permit.
NR 216.27(3)(n) (n) The SWPPP shall be signed in accordance with s. NR 216.22 (7) prior to submittal to the department.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.