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Publishing procedures

2011 Wisconsin Act 167 [exit DNR] went into effect Aug. 1, 2012. This law requires the DNR to post hearing and license notices on its website, in addition to newspapers. The date of posting on the DNR website now determines when public comment periods end.

Contact information
For information on waste facility public comment periods, contact:
DNR Waste & Materials Management Program

Waste & Materials Management Program announcements and public comment opportunities

Public comment opportunities from the DNR's Waste & Materials Management Program are available on this page. You can also view department-wide public hearings, meetings and public comment opportunities.

There is one public notices related to landfill feasibility at this time.


Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Most Waste and Materials Management projects do not require an EIS. However, the department may determine to follow the EIS process on a case by case basis.

An EIS is an evaluation of how taking an action may affect the environment. Among other things an EIS takes a look at project alternatives, impacts the proposed project may have on the environment compared to the alternatives, an evaluation of the positive and negative impacts of the project, the precedent that may be established, and the degree of risk. The EIS process requires prior environmental analysis, public notice of the EIS, a public hearing and a WEPA compliance determination.

Landfill feasibility

Solid waste landfill feasibility

Under s. 289.23, Wis. Stats., a landfill owner proposing a new landfill or an expansion of an existing landfill must submit a detailed feasibility report to the DNR. Once the DNR determines the report is complete - i.e., it contains all the elements required by Wisconsin Administrative Code - the report and its associated documents are posted on our website for public review and comment. This is also an opportunity for qualified persons to request an informational hearing or a contested case hearing. Section 289.26, Wis. Stats., provides a 30-day deadline for public comments and hearing requests to be submitted.

Chapter NR 512, Wis. Adm. Code, specifies the minimum information that must be included in a feasibility report. This includes:

  • a comprehensive and detailed site-specific geologic and hydrogeologic investigation that includes baseline groundwater quality data;
  • a preliminary engineering design;
  • an environmental analysis is conducted;
  • documentation of the need for the proposed landfill; and
  • an analysis of the alternatives to landfilling, such as waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and energy recovery initiatives and services.

After the public comment period has ended, the DNR issues a feasibility determination which, if positive, allows the applicant to proceed with development of a detailed plan of operation for the proposed landfill. The feasibility determination will include a determination of compliance with WEPA and NR 150.

Current opportunities

There is one public comment opportunity related to landfill feasibility at this time.

Notice of Feasibility Report and Preliminary Environmental Impact Decision for the Proposed Adams County Landfill Phases 5 and 6 Expansion, located in the Town of Strongs Prairie, Adams County

Public notice date: Feb. 5, 2018
Public comment deadline: March 7, 2018

Not all documents are available for viewing electronically. An entire set of documents can be viewed at one of the locations listed in the public notice (Notice of Feasibility Report and Preliminary Environmental Impact Decisions). 

Documents prepared by the DNR:

Documents prepared and submitted on behalf of the landfill applicant (Adams County)

Contact information
For information, contact:
Adam Hogan
DNR Waste and Materials Management Program
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Fitchburg, WI 53711

TSD feasibility

Hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSD) feasibility

Once the DNR determines the hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility Feasibility and Plan of Operation Report (FPOR) is complete, the department prepares a public notice, a radio announcement, an environmental analysis and a preliminary determination on the FPOR. These are now being posted by DNR on our website for public review and comment.

Chapters NR 664 and NR 670, Wis. Adm. Code, specify hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facility standards and hazardous waste licensing and decision making procedures. The feasibility determination will include a determination of compliance with WEPA and NR 150.

Current opportunities

There are no public comment opportunities related to hazardous waste facilities at this time.

Prior compliance

Prior compliance announcements

A prior environmental analysis of an action can be used to demonstrate WEPA compliance for future actions that are similar in kind, scale and environmental setting. A determination that the prior environmental analysis meets the prior compliance requirements for the new action, and public notice of the prior compliance determination, are required in most Waste Program cases, except for Class 1 and Class 2 TSD facility plan modifications that are actions where prior compliance is defined by rule. An overall WEPA compliance determination is required for all actions using prior compliance.

Current opportunities

There are no prior compliance notices at this time.

Last revised: Thursday February 01 2018