Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wisconsin has established the Wisconsin Environmental Protection Act (WEPA), which requires state agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) or environmental analysis when making a recommendation or report on proposals for legislation and other major state actions that significantly affect the quality of the environment. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may also require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for applicants seeking DNR permits or other approvals for larger projects. WEPA is closely patterned after the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more information, see the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.
• Administration and enforcement. All state EISs should be submitted to the DNR. The DNR reviews and distributes the EISs to other interested state agencies.
NR 150.01 to 150.50
Wisconsin established WEPA to assure that state agency decision makers, other decision makers, and the interested public have information to be able to fully consider the short- and long-term effect of policies, plans, programs, and actions on the quality of the human environment. WEPA only applies to the actions of state agencies.
Wisconsin has ...