Wisconsin GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

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Mandatory reporting: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 438.03

Voluntary reporting: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 285.78

GHG Permitting: NR 405.01 to 405.17, NR 407.01 to 407.16, 40 CFR 52.21, 40 CFR 52.2581, and 40 CFR 70 Appendix A

GHG reduction targets: E.O. 191

Climate action plan (CAP): E.O. 191

Regulatory Agency

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Air and Waste

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Before 2009, little action was taken at the federal level, beyond voluntary initiatives, to implement greenhouse gas (GHG) management strategies ensuring that GHG emissions are accounted for and controlled. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed its stance and is initiating actions to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Wisconsin has developed statutes and regulations addressing GHG emissions. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Administration and enforcement. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Division of Air and Waste administers the state's GHG management programs and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.

State Requirements


Mandatory Reporting

NR 438.03

State. Under NR 438.03, facilities that emit above the reporting threshold of 100,000 tons of CO2 must report CO2 emissions to DNR annually.

Federal. The EPA has implemented mandatory GHG ...

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