Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin air pollution laws: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 285
Hazardous waste management laws: WSA 291
Solid waste reduction, recovery, and recycling: WSA 287
Solid waste facilities laws: WSA 289
Hazardous substances information and emergency planning: WSA 166.20
Remedial action laws: WSA 292
Wisconsin water pollution control:
Pure drinking water laws: WSA 280
Water and sewage laws: WSA 281
Pollution discharge elimination laws: WSA 283
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identification (ID) number: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 662.012
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
EPA Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In Wisconsin, the counterpart to EPA is DNR. DNR is responsible for protecting Wisconsin's land, water, and air from pollution.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR has received authorization from EPA to implement state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, DNR's rules must be at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, DNR continues to either adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or implement more stringent state standards.
DNR's Bureau of Waste Management is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Wisconsin's EPA ID requirements.
DNR became a Cabinet agency in 1995. DNR is led by the secretary, who is appointed by the governor and approved by the Legislature. The secretary of DNR coordinates the state's environmental rules.
DNR's six divisions ...