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Register June 2023 No. 810
Chapter NR 500
NR 500.01   Purpose.
NR 500.02   Applicability.
NR 500.03   Definitions.
NR 500.035   CCR landfill requirements.
NR 500.04   Initial site inspection.
NR 500.05   General submittal requirements.
NR 500.06   License applications.
NR 500.065   License issuance.
NR 500.07   Review times.
NR 500.08   Exemptions.
NR 500.09   Construction inspection.
NR 500.10   Exemption for use of municipal solid waste as a fuel.
NR 500.11   Enforcement.
Ch. NR 500 Note Note: Corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1997, No. 500, eff. 9-1-97.
NR 500.01 NR 500.01Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to provide definitions, submittal requirements, exemptions and other general information relating to solid waste facilities. This chapter is adopted pursuant to s. 227.11, Stats., and ch. 289, Stats.
NR 500.01 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1988, No. 385, eff. 2-6-88.
NR 500.02 NR 500.02Applicability.
NR 500.02(1)(a) (a) Except as provided under par. (b) and except as otherwise provided, this chapter governs all solid waste facilities as defined under s. 289.01 (35), Stats., including all CCR landfills and expansions.
NR 500.02(1)(b) (b) This chapter does not govern any of the following:
NR 500.02(1)(b)1. 1. Hazardous waste facilities as defined under s. 291.01 (8), Stats., and regulated under chs. NR 660 to 679.
NR 500.02(1)(b)2. 2. Metallic mining operations for nonferrous minerals as defined under s. 293.01 (9), Stats., and regulated under ch. NR 182.
NR 500.02(1)(b)3. 3. Metallic mining operations for ferrous minerals as defined under s. 295.41 (26), Stats., including mining wastes and mining waste sites as defined under s. 295.41 (30) and (31), Stats., and regulated under subch. III of ch. 295, Stats.
NR 500.02(2) (2)This chapter does not apply to the design, construction or operation of industrial wastewater facilities, sewerage systems and waterworks treating liquid wastes approved under s. 281.41, Stats., or permitted under ch. 283, Stats., nor to facilities used solely for the disposal of liquid municipal or industrial wastes which have been approved under s. 281.41, Stats., or permitted under ch. 283, Stats., except for facilities used for the disposal of solid waste.
NR 500.02 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1988, No. 385, eff. 2-6-88; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, May, 1992, No. 437; am. (1), Register, June, 1996, No. 486, eff. 7-1-96; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2003 No. 567; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats; CR 13-057: am. (1) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; CR 21-076: renum. (1) to (1) (a) and (b) 1. to 3., cr. (b) (intro.) Register July 2022 No. 799, eff. 8-1-22.
NR 500.03 NR 500.03Definitions. The following definitions as well as the definitions in chs. 289 and 299, Stats., are applicable to the terms used in chs. NR 500 to 538 unless the context requires otherwise.
NR 500.03(1) (1)“ACL" means alternative concentration limit.
NR 500.03(2) (2)“Active facility life" means the period of operation beginning with the initial receipt of solid waste at a facility until the department issues a closure and long term care license in accordance with s. NR 520.04 (3) or, if a closure and long term care license is not required, until the facility ceases to accept waste and has completed all closure activities in accordance with chs. NR 500 to 538 and any applicable plan approvals.
NR 500.03(2m) (2m) “ Active portion” means that part of a CCR landfill that has received or is receiving CCR or non-CCR waste and that has not completed closure in accordance with ch. NR 506.
NR 500.03(3) (3)“Air curtain destructor" means a solid waste facility that combines a fixed wall, open pit and mechanical air supply which uses an excess of oxygen and turbulence to accomplish the smokeless combustion of clean wood, brush, stumps or trees.
NR 500.03(4) (4)“Airport" means a public-use airport open to the public without prior permission and without restrictions within the physical capacities of available airport facilities.
NR 500.03(5) (5)“Alternative concentration limit" has the meaning specified in s. NR 140.05 (1m).
NR 500.03(6) (6)“Anti-seep collar" means a device which is attached to a leachate transfer pipe to prevent the migration of leachate along the pipe.
NR 500.03(7) (7)“Applicant" means a person applying for a license or approval for a solid waste facility.
NR 500.03(8) (8)“Approved facility" has the meaning specified in s. 289.01 (3), Stats.
NR 500.03(9) (9)“Approved plan of operation" means a plan of operation approved under s. 289.30 (3), Stats.
NR 500.03(9m) (9m)“Areas of special natural resource interest" has the meaning in s. 30.01 (1am), Stats., and as identified in s. NR 1.05.
NR 500.03(10) (10)“Areas susceptible to mass movement" means those areas characterized as having an active or substantial possibility of mass movement where the movement of earth material at, beneath, or adjacent to the landfill, because of natural or human-induced events, results in the downslope transport of soil and rock material by means of gravitational influence. Areas of mass movement include, but are not limited to, landslides, avalanches, debris slides and flows, solifluction, block sliding, and rock fall.
NR 500.03(11) (11)“Aquifer" means a geologic formation, group of formations or part of a formation which are saturated and can transmit economic quantities of groundwater.
NR 500.03(12) (12)“Asbestos" means any material which contains fibrous chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite minerals or the fibrous varieties of anthopyllite, tremolite and actinolite.
NR 500.03 Note Note: Asbestos containing material is further defined in subs. (25), (26), and (91).
NR 500.03(13) (13)“Assessment monitoring" means groundwater monitoring conducted at Subtitle D wells in accordance with s. NR 508.04 when a groundwater standard is attained or exceeded at a Subtitle D well.
NR 500.03(14) (14)“ASTM method", “ASTM standard" or “ASTM-" means a method or standard recognized and published by ASTM International.
NR 500.03(14m) (14m)“ASTM International" means American Society for Testing and Materials International, located at 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959, (610) 832-9585,
NR 500.03(15) (15)“Background groundwater quality" has the meaning specified in s. NR 140.05 (3).
NR 500.03(16) (16)“Base grade" means the elevation of a facility or portion of a facility following placement of the liner but prior to the placement of any granular drainage blanket.
NR 500.03(17) (17)“Baseline" means groundwater quality at a point that is measured after the parameters have stabilized following installation of a monitoring well.
NR 500.03(18) (18)“Bedrock" means all rock formations at or beneath the land surface.
NR 500.03(19) (19)“Beneficial use" or “beneficial reuse" means the utilization of a solid waste or an industrial by-product in a productive manner.
NR 500.03(19m) (19m) “Beneficial use of CCR” means the utilization of a solid waste or an industrial by-product in a “productive manner,” which has the meaning given in s. NR 538.03 (10).
NR 500.03(20) (20)“Bird hazard" means an increase in the likelihood of a bird and aircraft collision that may cause damage to the aircraft or injury to its occupants.
NR 500.03(20m) (20m)“Borrow source" means a location where nonmetallic mining, as defined in s. NR 135.03 (13), is conducted for soils and aggregates used in landfill construction, operation and closure.
NR 500.03(20r) (20r)“Botanical residuals" means compostable materials and associated mineral soils derived from commercial and noncommercial horticultural activities such as greenhouse and plant nursery operations.
NR 500.03(21) (21)“Building materials" means non-combustible construction material including brick, concrete and drywall.
NR 500.03(22) (22)“Bulk blood and body fluids" means drippable or pourable quantities or items saturated with whole blood or blood components, blood specimens, semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, amniotic fluid, peritoneal fluid, peritoneal dialysate, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid and other body fluids visibly contaminated with blood.
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