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- For more information about the historic registry and the review process, contact the appropriate regional DNR staff person.
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- Annette Weissbach
- John Sager
- Steve Mueller
- Larry Lester
South Central Region
- Loren Brumberg
West Central Region
The Historic Registry of Waste Disposal Sites
Prior to development of on-line databases, DNR provided public information about old waste disposal facilities in a printed publication called the Historic Registry of Waste Disposal Sites (the "Registry"). The department now provides searchable on-line databases that include this type of information. Agency staff are also reviewing information in the 1999 version of the Registry in order to put relevant information into on-line databases. Because some information in the Registry has not yet been reviewed and incorporated into other databases, the agency has posted the Registry spreadsheet on-line.
Information on this page will be important to people purchasing land, governments planning redevelopment, businesses planning expansion and well drillers.
Current waste disposal site information
Today, the primary source of information about properties where solid waste has been disposed in Wisconsin is the Solid & Hazardous Waste Information Management System (SHWIMS). This on-line database includes locations and facilities regulated by DNR’s Waste and Materials Management program, including:
- engineered and licensed solid waste disposal facilities;
- older unlicensed waste disposal sites (e.g. town dumps);
- licensed waste transporters;
- hazardous waste generators;
- composting sites, wood-burning sites, waste processing facilities and more.
Registry screening process
Beginning in 2000, EPA provided funding for DNR to review the entries in the 1999 version of the Registry to evaluate the accuracy and significance of the information. These reviews include both site visits and review of available state files. The federal funding is limited and completing these reviews is expected to take several years. Ultimately, the information about the sites listed in the Registry will be:
- entered in the SHWIMS database if waste disposal was probable;
- entered in the Contaminated Lands Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) if contaminated soil or groundwater is probable; or
- archived if neither of the above option is possible.
To view progress on the Registry, the DNR has posted an on-line spreadsheet that staff update every six months. Pleae note that some of site names from the Registry may have been modified to meet DNR database protocols.
The Historic Registry of Waste Disposal Sites will be phased out after the site reviews are completed and all historic and active waste disposal sites are available in the SHWIMS database.
Important information about the Historic Registry spreadsheet
- You must obtain DNR approval to install a water supply well within 1200 feet of a waste disposal site in a spreadsheet, unless it has been designated as “Archived." Not all sites are listed in the spreadsheets – also consult the SHWIMS database for information about waste disposal sites. For information about private drinking water wells in Wisconsin, please visit the Wells pages. To contact regional DNR drinking water staff, visit the Drinking Water and Groundwater Staff Contacts page.
- You must obtain DNR approval for construction on waste disposal sites. For more information, please see Development on historic fill sites and licensed landfills.
- There are separate tabs in the spreadsheet for each of DNR’s five regions. Please consult the DNR regional map to find the counties in each region.
- For a list of currently licensed operating landfills, please see the Waste & Materials Management Program's list of Solid Waste Landfills Licensed in Wisconsin.
- The Historic Registry spreadsheet does not identify all license numbers for currently licensed waste disposal facilities and should not be used regarding potential liability exemptions for unlicensed waste disposal sites. Wisconsin Act 418 (s. 292.23, Wis. Stats.) provided these exemptions in 2006 for local governments and private parties. For more information about the exemptions, please see the Remediation & Redevelopment Program's Voluntary Party Liability Exemption page. For help regarding these statutory exemptions, please contact Dan Kolberg, DNR (608-267-7500).
The Historic Registry of Waste Disposal Sites spreadsheet
Instructions: click on the spreadsheet link below, then save the document to your computer.
- Historic Registry of Waste Disposal Sites Spreadsheet - updated July 22, 2013
If you have questions about a location in a Historic Registry of Waste Disposal Sites spreadsheet, you may request an appointment to review DNR’s file. Most of this file information is quite old and may be incomplete. To view a file, please contact the appropriate regional DNR Waste and Materials Management staff person.
Further information about contaminated properties in Wisconsin
Being listed in the Historic Registry spreadsheet does not mean that soil or groundwater is contaminated. If you are looking for this type of information, please consult the Contaminated Lands Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), DNR’s on-line information system about properties with contamination. CLEAN provides both a comprehensive on-line database and a web-based mapping system to find information about:
- cleanups that are underway and completed;
- environmental liability clarifications and limitations;
- use of brownfield loans and grants to complete cleanups;
- post-cleanup environmental land use controls;
- spills of hazardous substances;
- leaking underground petroleum tanks; and
- waste disposal sites where contamination has spread into soil or groundwater.