Wisconsin Penalties and Liabilities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 285.87 and Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 488.12

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Emergency planning, release notification, and community right to know: WSA 323.60(11)

General environmental provisions: WSA 299.97

Hazardous waste: WSA 291.97

Medical waste: WSA 299.51

Pesticides: WSA 94.71

Solid waste: WSA 287.95, WSA 287.97, and WSA 289.96

Storage tanks:

Underground storage tanks (USTs): WSA 281.98

Used oil: WSA 299.53(4)


Drinking water: WSA 281.9 and WSA 280.97

Wastewater: WSA 283.91

Sewage: WSA 281.98

Wetlands: WSA 87.17 and NR 347.08

Workplace safety and health for public sector only: WSA 101.055(6) and WSA 101.599

Regulatory Agencies

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Safety and Buildings Division

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin law provides for civil and criminal penalties for violations of its environmental rules. See TABLE 1 in this section for penalty figures that pertain to the state-specific environmental violations.

Wisconsin is not a "state plan" state.

Administration and enforcement. DNR's divisions are responsible for the administration and enforcement of Wisconsin's environmental rules.


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