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April 10, 2012

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is responsible for implementing more than 3,700 pages of rules dealing with a wide range of subjects, from flora and fauna to air, water, and land, many of which affect small business.

This month, DNR is launching a retrospective review of rules. This review is prompted by "Executive Order #61 Relating to Job Creation and Small Business Expansion," (PDF; exit DNR) issued on Feb. 22, 2012.

Eileen Pierce, DNR small business ombudsman, will lead this project. Pierce says the project is designed to:

All recommendations will meet the following criteria:

The Small Business Regulatory Review Board has the authority to review rules and determine whether agencies have fulfilled the requirements of 227.114, Wis. Stats, which establishes methods for reducing the impact of rules on small businesses.

For this review, "small business" means a business entity, including its affiliates, which is independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field; and which employs 25 or fewer full-time employees, or which has gross annual sales of less than $5,000,000, according to section 227.114 (1), Wisconsin Statutes.

"The success of this project depends on your input. Please visit the project web site and submit your suggestions through the web survey form," Pierce says. "Your input will be most influential if received by May 31, 2012."

To submit comments, go to the DNR website and search for "small business," and then select "Retrospective review of DNR rules affecting small business."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Eileen Pierce at, or call her at 608-275-3296 (desk) or 608-279-5637 (cell).

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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