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For information on resources for environmental professionals, contact:
Angela Carey
Remediation & Redevelopment Program

Resources for environmental professionals

The resources on this page are intended for environmental professionals who work with the DNR's Remediation & Redevelopment (RR) Program. For a more general description of the cleanup process, please visit Cleanup overview. Download NR 700 Process and Timeline (RR-967) [PDF] for a visual summary of steps to receive final case closure per NR 700 rules.

Please contact RR Staff for situations not addressed by guidance and for site-specific technical questions.

Forms and Guidance

Forms and Guidance

Proper submittal of documents and requests for assistance

To ensure a timely response, all technical reports and written requests for assistance to the RR Program should follow established guidelines. Areas of special concern include: attaching necessary forms, properly titling all reports and submitting all applicable fees.

REMINDER: To reduce issues in saving and editing DNR forms, save the form using Adobe Acrobat software. This is especially important if the form will need to be edited before submittal to the DNR. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free at [Exit DNR]

Commonly requested RR Program guidance
Commonly requested RR Program forms

*Note: All case closure forms and guidance are now located on the case closure tab.

Other DNR program forms
  • Well and Boring Forms - Well log, boring log and well and boring abandonment forms, from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Program.
  • Chain of Custody Form (Form 4100-145) [PDF] - from DNR's Laboratory Services Program. This form is used to document how samples are handled between the time they are collected and analyzed.

Soil RCLs

Soil residual contaminant levels

The following guidance documents are available to help environmental professionals calculate residual contaminant levels (RCLs) in accordance with ch. NR 720, Wis. Adm. Code [exit DNR] (soil cleanup standards). The RR Program's spreadsheet will be periodically updated so that the RCLs will be the results from EPA's RSL web-calculator with NR 720 default parameters.

1. Instructions on using and interpreting results from the U.S. EPA's Regional Screening Level (RSL) Web-Calculator and the RR Program's spreadsheet of RCLs.

2. Two versions of the RR Program's spreadsheet of RCLs with soil levels protective of the direct contact pathway and groundwater quality.

The macro-enabled version of the RCL spreadsheet has five separate worksheets while the no-macro version has four. The no macro version lacks a "DC Summary" worksheet. The use of either one will provide the same data evaluation results at the bottom of the DC RCL worksheets. The spreadsheet's overview page provides a short "how-to" and "what-to-do" with the evaluations from the RCL worksheets when preparing data summary tables.

Notes in Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 720 refer to "table(s) of residual contaminant levels"; these tables are worksheets in the RCL spreadsheet above. The table in the note under Wis. Admin. Code § NR 720.10 (RCLs based on protection of groundwater) is the "GW_RCLs" worksheet. The table in the note under Wis. Admin. Code § NR 720.12 (RCLs based on protection from direct contact) is either the "Non-Industrial_DC_RCLs" or the "Industrial_DC_RCLs" worksheet.

3. Modified version of the RR Program's spreadsheet of RCLs used to assess seven carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cPAHs) on only a cumulative basis.

Using this modified spreadsheet is considered a risk assessment. Per Wis. Admin. Code § NR 722.11 (1), a responsible party may request to use this modified spreadsheet to determine alternate environmental standards when attaining compliance with the RCLs is not practicable. A request to use the modified spreadsheet can be made by submitting a 'Request for Technical Assistance' using Form 4400-237 or by incorporating the request into another fee-based submittal. The DNR will review the request and either approve, modify or disapprove the planned use of the modified spreadsheet.

Two guidance documents have been prepared to explain the use of the spreadsheet.

4. A table of the most common compounds that is intended to be a quick reference only. Note: This table does not take into account cumulative effects as required in Wis. Admin. Code § NR 720.12(1).

Background information

Case closure


Recently published guidance

Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 726 Case Closure Reconsideration Process (RR-102) [PDF] - This document provides responsible parties (RPs) with guidance on the opportunities available to engage the department to receive feedback on the adequacy of the Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700-754 response actions undertaken and submitted by the RP to document case closure. This guidance presents the process and feedback opportunities available if case closure is not recommended by the department. This general process is referred to as the case closure reconsideration process.

Case closure request forms

The following case closure request forms should be used for all case closures, pursuant to ch. NR 726, Wis. Adm. Code.

  • Case Closure Request (Form 4400-202) [PDF] - Note: The submittal of both an electronic and paper copy are required in accordance with s. NR 726.09 (1), Wis. Adm. Code. Submit all changes to the original closure request in one final, complete electronic file via email attachment or ftp upload. For the final paper copy, only revised or updated pages or figures need to be submitted.

Case closure-related guidance and templates

Information and training


Use of remediation technologies and the RR Program

There is no need or requirement for remediation technology vendors or others to obtain a statewide approval from the RR Program for the use of their technologies. Responsible persons (RPs) should use whatever appropriate technology to achieve cleanup standards in accordance with Chapter NR 700 requirements. Cleanup activities and technologies may not cause additional discharges or cause the contamination to spread further or contaminate uncontaminated media.

If the application of the technology results in a discharge or activity that requires another DNR Program approval, then the RP will have to get that approval.

This includes:

  • air emission discharges - Air Management Program;
  • injection wells - Drinking and Groundwater Program;
  • wastewater discharges to surface or groundwater - Watershed Management Program; and
  • solid waste processing facilities, which may include ex-situ treatment of contaminated soil - Waste & Materials Management Program.

Technology vendors are encouraged to contact consultants who do cleanup work in Wisconsin to familiarize them with their technologies if they want them tried here. They may want to fund demonstrations of their technologies at a site or sites in Wisconsin if they want additional exposure and acceptance.

Vendors may provide technical information to the RR Program at any time. If they would like a written review or reaction, then they should pay a $500 fee for other technical assistance in accordance with Chapter NR 749. However, such a letter is not a formal statewide approval for statewide use of the technology from the RR Program.

Additional Information


Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)

One Cleanup MOA between DNR and EPA

The DNR and the U.S. EPA Region 5 have a One Cleanup Program Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the two agencies. The MOA is nationally significant in that it is the first EPA-state MOA to address cleanup requirements across several environmental media, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act and Leaking Underground Storage Tanks.

Wisconsin’s program simplifies cleanups of contaminated sites under different regulatory programs by providing a single, consolidated approach rather than utilizing a range of separate programs with potentially conflicting approaches and cleanup standards. By clarifying the U.S. EPA’s intentions and expectations with respect to Wisconsin’s One Cleanup Program, it is believed that the MOA will expedite cleanups of all contaminated sites, including brownfields, as well as guide property owners, developers, consultants and others in understanding how meeting Wisconsin’s standards can satisfy both agencies.

MOU Between DATCP and DNR Concerning the Discharge of Hazardous Substances

This MOU between DATCP and DNR [PDF] concerns the discharge of hazardous substances. Section.94.73, Stats., established the Agricultural Chemical Clean up Program (ACCP) managed by the DATCP. The purpose of ACCP is to identify and assist in remediation of releases of pesticides and fertilizers. ACCP provides reimbursement for eligible cost incurred by parties conducting clean ups. A portion of the law, s. 94.73(12), Stats., required DATCP and DNR enter into an MOU describing each agencies' functions in the administration of s. 94.73 Stats, to ensure corrective actions taken by DATCP are consistent with actions taken under s. 292.11(7) Stats. The focus of this MOU is on the remediation and waste management activities related to agricultural chemical releases and consequently other DNR regulations are not fully addressed in the MOU.

MOU Between We Energies and DNR

The DNR negotiated a Memorandum of Agreement with We Energies in 2011. The agreement documents the process We Energies will use when addressing releases of mineral insulating oil containing PCB's less than 50ppm and also how to manage soil and debris generated in conjunction with routine construction activities at their electrical distribution and industrial support facilities.

MOU Between ATC and DNR

The DNR negotiated an agreement with the American Transmission Company (ATC) on how they would deal with lead contamination in soil at their transmission towers.

Contaminated sediments

Contaminated sediments

The DNR's Integrated Sediment Team prepared an interim final guidance entitled Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guidelines: Recommendations for Use and Application (RR-088) [PDF]. This guidance is intended to assist both internal staff and external stakeholders in addressing contaminated sediment issues.

Additional resources

All of the following links exit the DNR website.

Last revised: Monday December 10 2018