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Laurel Sukup
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Wisconsin Act 70

In the Fall of 2017, the legislature enacted Act 70, which directs the Department of Natural Resources (Department) to establish a pilot program for manufacturers who are eligible for registration operation permits (ROP) for the air emissions. This page is the repository of information about the pilot program including updates from the advisory group established to guide discussions and advise the Department on the establishment of the pilot.

The pilot, created by s. 285.675, Wis. Stats., establishes a process to encourage manufacturing facilities to locate on brownfields; and also requires participants to manage their environmental performance by participating in the State’s Green Tier program. Successful participants in the program would then not be required to make changes to the air pollution controls for their stationary source, even with new or modified legal requirements (except for Federal requirements) for 10 years after the Department grants coverage under a ROP.

Act 70 Advisory Team

This site is the repository of information from the advisory group established to guide discussions and advise the Department on the establishment of the pilot.

Act 70 advisory team members
Member Organization Email
Dan Andersen Phillips-Medisize Dan.Andersen@phillipsmedisize.com
John Antaramian City of Kenosha jantaramian@kenosha.org
Jennifer Buzecky Citizen jbuzecky@wi.rr.com
Tim Hanna City of Appleton mayor@appleton.org
Arthur Harrington Godfrey & Kahn S.C. aharrington@gklaw.com
Jeff Jaeckels MG&E JJaeckels@mge.com
Paul Kent Stafford Rosenbaum pkent@staffordlaw.com
Amy Litscher Saga alitscher@saga-ee.com
Dave Misky City of Milwaukee dmisky@milwaukee.gov
Brian Schimming WHEDA brian.schimming@wheda.com
Patti Stickney SEH pstickney@sehinc.com
Mark Thimke Foley and Lardner LLP mthimke@foleylaw.com
Upcoming Meetings
2018
October 31 Agenda [PDF]
2019
January 18  
Previous Meetings
Date Information
May 11, 2018
April 5, 2018
August 10 2018

Green Tier ROP

Upcoming Meetings
2018
November 7    
Previous Meetings
Date (2018) Information
April 25 Agenda [PDF]
May 30 Agenda [PDF]
July 7 Agenda [PDF]
August 23 Agenda [PDF]
September 14 Agenda [PDF]
October 12 Agenda [PDF]

The Green Tier Registration Permit Subgroup supports the goals of the WI Act 70 Pilot Program through exploring how air pollution control registration permitting elements fit with Green Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements and VPLE certification under the Brownfields Program. A registration permit is a type of general permit available to businesses that have low air pollution emissions. The permit caps facility-wide emissions and prescribes monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Go to Air permit options for more information on the Air Program’s Registration Permit Program.

The Green Tier Registration Permit Subgroup seeks to merge the Air Program registration permitting process with the Tier 2 Green Tier process.

Subgroup Objectives

  • Provide feedback as DNR develops a Registration Permit specifically geared to facilities with low air pollution emissions that operate under Tier 2 of Green Tier
  • Provide support to the Act 70 Pilot Program

Subgroup Members

  • Mark Thimke, Attorney - Foley and Lardner
  • Patti Stickney, Environmental Consultant - SEH
  • Jeff Jaeckels, Environmental Manager - MG&E
  • Jennifer Buzecky, Attorney - Private Citizen
  • Kristin Hart, Permit Section Chief – Wisconsin DNR
  • Kevin Garstka, Attorney – Wisconsin DNR

Brownfields VPLE

To participate in the pilot, an environmental cleanup must have been conducted on the Property where the facility is located. The cleanup needs to meet the requirements of the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) program (s. 292.15(2), Wis. Stats.) and receive a Certificate of Completion from the Department.

Information about the VPLE program, including forms, fact sheets, and lists of properties that have participated in VPLE in available on the VPLE webpage.

Green Tier

Green Tier is the state’s flagship program to support and recognize businesses that want to go beyond compliance. This voluntary program acknowledges those who develop an environmental management system (EMS) to drive their decision making and performance. The Department of Natural Resources support each participant by assigning a single point of contact, maintaining an individual webpage to highlight accomplishments, and creating opportunities for those with shared objectives to connect. In addition to developing and EMS, each participant must create annual reports to document their continuous improvement and commit to having their system audited by a third party.

Last revised: Wednesday November 07 2018