Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air, Waste, and Remediation & Redevelopment Division (AWaRe) Air Management Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wisconsin's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan that details basic strategies for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR's Air Management Program is responsible for administering and enforcing Wisconsin's air pollution rules.
WISCONSIN'S AIR PROGRAM
Wisconsin's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related programs.
The areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment for that particular criteria pollutant. Wisconsin has nonattainment areas for ozone and sulfur dioxide. ...