Wisconsin Superfund regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Superfund: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wisconsin Remedial Action Program: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 292.01 to 292.81

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Investigation and remediation regulations: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 700 to 754

State funded response:

Hazard ranking system: NR 710.15

Site identification: NR 716.01 to 716.17

Potentially responsible parties: NR 710.05

Exemptions: WSA 292.15

Case closure: NR 726.01 to 726.09

Regulatory Agencies

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Quality Division Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Bureau Remediation and Redevelopment Program

Wisconsin Department of Commerce (WDC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin has its own Superfund program that is similar to the federal Superfund program. Like the federal program, the state's Superfund rules focus on identification of hazardous substance release sites, cleanup, and funding mechanisms. The state's fund is referred to as the Environmental Fund.

Liability under Wisconsin's Superfund rules is not as expansive as it is under the federal Superfund rules. Under the state's rules, mere ownership of a site does not automatically make a person a responsible party.

Administration and enforcement. DNR administers and enforces the state Environmental Fund program in Wisconsin. EPA administers and enforces the federal Superfund rules in the state.

State Requirements


In a state-funded response to contamination at a site, DNR commits monies from the Environmental Fund to take the lead in investigation and cleanup. These sites are those where ...

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