Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT)
Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of the State Fire Marshal
Local fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wisconsin generally follows federal rules for hazardous substance storage.
Wisconsin governs aboveground storage tanks (AST) under the state fire code administered by the state fire marshal and under regulations promulgated by DNR. See the national section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a discussion of AST rules in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has adopted the federal emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the definition of a hazardous substance also includes any HAPs listed under the Clean Air Act. For additional guidance, see the national section HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS.
Wisconsin follows the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for the storage and packaging of hazardous materials during transportation. To review these standards, see the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS.
Wisconsin has specific environmental response and remediation laws for responding to hazardous substance releases from storage areas. For additional release reporting and prevention requirements, see ...