Wisconsin RCRA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 289, WSA 291 and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 660 to 679

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: WSA 287, WSA 289, and regulations at NR 499 to 555

Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: WSA 101.142 to 101.144 and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Safety and Professional Services (SPS) 310, SPS 347, and NR 706

Regulatory Agencies

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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. Wisconsin's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as more stringent state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management and USTs. Wisconsin has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DNR to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, DNR must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards. See the following state sections for specific information: HAZARDOUS WASTE (REGULATORY OVERVIEW), SOLID WASTE, and UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS.

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Wisconsin RCRA Resources

Type Title
Forms Source Reduction strategy Manual
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