Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater
Department of Commerce (DCOMM) ATCP
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Wisconsin has established groundwater quality and quantity protection regulations, and issues permits for high-capacity well systems in the state.
Wisconsin's groundwater monitoring and protection standards at hazardous waste facilities are the same as the federal regulations.
· Administration and enforcement. DNR administers the high-capacity well permitting system. DNR administers and enforces the groundwater monitoring rules for hazardous waste facilities in Wisconsin, and DNR regulates wastewater treatment systems, landfills, hazardous waste disposal sites, and spills. DCOMM regulates underground petroleum storage tanks and septic systems.
NR 140.01 to 140.26
Wisconsin has established groundwater quality standards for substances detected in or having a reasonable probability of entering the groundwater resources of the state. These regulations apply to all facilities, practices, and activities that may affect groundwater quality and that are regulated by the ...