Wisconsin Audits regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Audits: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Environmental Improvement Program: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 299.85.

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Green Tier Program: WSA 299.83

Regulatory Agency

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin environmental audit law provides facilities with the opportunity to limit civil and administrative penalties. The Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) allows facilities to conduct environmental compliance audits, identify violations, and correct the violations before Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeks significant penalties.

Administration and enforcement. DNR administers and enforces Wisconsin's EIP.

State Requirements


WSA 299.85

The EIP was created for progressive companies that strive to keep in compliance with all DNR and EPA regulations. It provides assurance that companies will not be subject to large penalties for voluntarily reporting violations discovered during a compliance audit. The EIP was modeled after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's audit policy.


The EIP is available to any public or private entity, provided DNR or any other government entity has filed suit or issued a citation to enforce an environmental requirement at the facility within the past 2 years. To participate in the program, a facility must:

  • Submit a notification to DNR 30 days before beginning the environmental compliance audit. For a copy of the audit notification form, click here. The notification form must include the following: —Date of the audit —Site, facility, operations, or practices ...

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