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For information on recent workshops and conferences, contact:
Sonya Rowe
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Cleanup and redevelopment workshops and conferences

Consultants' Day 2015 Registration
Consultants' Day 2015

Staff from DNR's Remediation & Redevelopment (RR) Program are available to speak at workshops, conferences and meetings in Wisconsin. If you are interested in having someone speak at your event, please contact Mick Skwarok (608-266-9263).

Upcoming seminars and workshops

August 5, 2015: Issues and Trends - Navigating the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) Program

Wisconsin’s VPLE program allows an individual, business or unit of government that conducts an environmental investigation and cleanup of a contaminated property – following state requirements with the oversight of DNR staff – to receive an exemption from future environmental liability. Michael Prager will highlight emerging issues in the program and discuss common questions and concerns.

  • Time: noon - 1 p.m.
  • Join the call: 1-855-947-8255, passcode 6612745#
  • Questions prior to the event – send to DNRRRComments@wisconsin.gov

This conference call will be recorded and available in the RR Program Training Library for those unable to participate during the live presentation.

Check out the Issues & Trends webinar schedule [PDF] to see upcoming webinars.

September 2-4, 2015: National Brownfields Conference

Brownfields 2015 [exit DNR] is the EPA's premier national conference focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. Thousands of stakeholders will be in Chicago for three days of training, networking and business development.

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The heart of the conference is a dynamic educational program with speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films and other learning formats that are designed to provide you with case study examples, program updates and useful strategies for meeting your brownfield challenges head on.

Brownfields 2015 promises something for practitioners at all levels of experience.The conference is an excellent opportunity for Wisconsin brownfields practitioners to learn from national experts about the keys to a successful project. In addition, there are opportunities to market specific brownfield properties. Registration [exit DNR] is now open and hotel rooms are still available at the conference rate.

Previous seminars and workshops

July 29, 2015: Issues and Trends Discussion - New Vapor Intrusion Attenuation Factors and EPA’s VI Guidance

Terry Evanson, DNR Hydrogeologist, discusses EPA’s new Vapor Intrusion guidance and subsequent changes to Wisconsin’s sub-slab vapor risk screening levels.

The presentation and audio are available on the RR Program training library.

July 15, 2015: Issues and Trends webinar - Averaging Soil-Contaminant Concentration Data

Resty Pelayo, Hydrogeologist with the RR Program, introduces RR-991, now retitled Compliance Averaging of Soil-Contamination Concentration Data. The guidance is undergoing final drafting after a public comment period. One of the guidance document’s objectives is to help consultants and responsible parties understand the data analysis DNR recommends when they are electing to use the option of averaging soil concentrations for the purpose of determining compliance with the requirements under NR 720. During the webinar, Resty will discuss the examples included in the guidance.

The webinar is available on the RR Program training library.

July 1, 2015: Issues and Trends webinar - Soil Management Requirements under NR 718

Judy Fassbender, Policy and Technical Resources Section Supervisor, presents on a variety of topics related to the management of contaminated soil under NR 718, Wis. Adm. Code. Some of the topics Judy discuses during the presentation include the types of material that can be managed, the contaminant types and concentrations appropriate for management, the sample type and sampling frequency required for documenting soil managed under the rule, and the locational criteria for receiving sites.

The presentation and audio are available on the RR Program training library.

June 3, 2015: Issues and Trends webinar - DNR Case Closure: Vapor Intrusion Continuing Obligations

Terry Evanson, DNR Hydrogeologist, reviews two guidance documents which have recently been released for public comment: DNR Case Closure Obligations: Vapor Intrusion (RR-042) and Vapor Intrusion Continuing Obligations Applied in DNR Closure Approvals (RR-5474). Both documents discuss continuing obligations specific to vapor intrusion enumerated in NR 726.15(2)(h) through (L), Wis. Adm. Code.

Terry explains the differences in the two documents and how they can help responsible parties and environmental consultants complete the Case Closure GIS Registry form (4400-202) [PDF].  In addition Terry discusses internal staff processes specific to closure approval letters.

The presentation and audio are available on the RR Program training library.

May 6, 2015: Issues & Trends webinar - Keeping Lenders and LGUs out of Trouble at Contaminated Properties

Dan Kolberg, P.E., local governmental specialist for DNR's Brownfields and Outreach Section, discussed state liability exemptions available to lenders and representatives considering acquisition of contaminated property. Watch this webinar to learn about the precautions lenders and their consultants should take in acquiring properties through the provisions of the state's Spill Law.  See what the liability exemptions can and can't do for you and how they may impact your plans to redevelop, reuse or resell the property. During this webinar you will also hear how lender-owned property can affect plans by LGUs to acquire the same properties.

The presentation and audio are available on the RR Program training library.

April 15 and April 29, 2015: DNR Consultants' Day Conference

DNR hosted Consultants' Day 2015 in two locations, Stevens Point and Pewaukee. Consultants' Day  is for environmental consultants and anyone interested in the investigation and cleanup of soil, groundwater, vapors and other contaminated media in Wisconsin. Information and expectations related to key aspects of the NR 700, Wis. Adm. Code, rule series were presented. Conference attendees heard firsthand about current expectations for case closure, the newest guidance documents, emerging issues and more.

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Presentations and video are available on the training library.

March 4, 2015: Issues & Trends webinar - LGU Exemption & Property Acquisition

The DNR's local government specialist, Dan Kolberg, P.E., discussed state and federal liability exemptions available to local government units (LGUs) considering acquisition of contaminated property. Included precautions LGUs should take in acquiring properties through the eight approved methods listed in the state's Spill Law, what the liability exemptions can and can't do for you and how they may impact your plans to redevelop and reuse property.

The presentation and audio are available on the RR Program training library.

January 15, 2015: Hazardous Waste (RCRA) Training Seminar

The Federation of Environmental Technologists, Inc (FET) Northeast Wisconsin Chapter hosted a one day seminar on RCRA and other hazardous waste issues in Kimberly.

Last revised: Wednesday July 29 2015