Small Business Advisor - June 2019

Small Biz News

Small Business Advisor - June 2019

DHS recommends new ch. NR 140 groundwater standards to DNR

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provided DNR and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) with recommended standards for 27 groundwater contaminants (ch. NR 140 compounds).

These recommendations are intended to protect human health and the environment, as part of Wisconsin's landmark groundwater law, Chapter 160, Wisconsin Statutes. Included in this package are recommended standards for glysophate, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). 

State law outlines a process that DHS and DNR follows, ensuring a scientifically rigorous review of available technical information and clarity on how recommended groundwater standards are selected.

Clean drinking water in Wisconsin is a public health priority. The DNR has not revised our groundwater standards for 10 years. With these science-based recommendations in hand, we will immediately begin rulemaking to protect our citizens and our natural resources from harmful contaminants. Given the multiple steps in the rule making process it may take up to 30 months to implement the amendments to ch. NR 140.

To learn more about ch. NR 140 and the new recommendations please visit:

New alternative work practice approved by USEPA for Asbestos NESHAP

Effective June 10, 2019, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final approval for use of new technology and work practices developed for removal and replacement of asbestos cement (A/C) pipe, which is regulated under the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Asbestos.  The alternative work practice is called close tolerance pipe slurrification (CTPS). 

A/C pipes throughout the U.S. are aging and weakening, causing ruptures that waste fresh water; infiltrate and overburden publicly operated treatment works (POTWs); and pollute ground water when wastewater leaks into subsurface soils, streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans.  Because A/C pipes may be located beneath and beside major roadways and structures, and may overlap or lie beneath other utilities (e.g., gas, electricity, cable), their replacement can potentially be problematic, especially in high density residential, industrial, and urban areas.

Review details of the approved alternative work practice for the Asbestos NESHAP in the federal register notice at

Satellite accumulation requirements reference now available

Satellite Accumulation Requirements for Hazardous Waste Management (WA-1858) is final and available on the DNR website. This document provides definitions, general requirements and common scenarios pertaining to hazardous waste satellite accumulation areas (SAAs) regulated by the Wisconsin DNR hazardous waste program. It is applicable to large and small quantity hazardous waste generators (LQG and SQG), along with treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities that are also hazardous waste generators.

Satellite Accumulation Requirements for Hazardous Waste Management (WA-1858)

Legislation introduced to modify Wisconsin's electronics recycling law

Legislation that would make changes to Wisconsin's electronics recycling law has been introduced in the state Senate. Among other things, the bill would change the E-Cycle Wisconsin program year to a calendar year, expand the definition of schools able to recycle through E-Cycle Wisconsin and reduce or eliminate annual registration fees for smaller manufacturers.

Please refer to the Legislature's page for Senate Bill 264 for more information, including the bill text with a summary of the proposed changes. There is also a link for subscribing to notifications related to the bill's progress.

Updated DNR technical assistance document available on recycling electronics

Managing Used Electronics publication

The DNR’s Waste and Materials Management Program has substantially revised and reformatted its guidance on requirements for electronics collection, storage, transportation, recycling and reuse. This document focuses primarily on relevant solid and hazardous waste requirements for anyone involved with collecting, storing, transporting and processing used electronics and components. It does not affect requirements specific to the E-Cycle Wisconsin program for registered recyclers or collectors.

Managing Used Electronics and Components is a revision of a document last updated in 2009. The revisions address changes in the makeup of electronics (e.g., the increased prevalence of flat-panel displays and lithium ion batteries); the full implementation of Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law, 2009 Act 50; and Wisconsin’s 2017 adoption of the “CRT rule” covering management of used cathode ray tubes.

This document provides common definitions and background on electronic waste, including identifying hazardous components, and information about electronics disposal limitations and requirements. It also outlines requirements and recommendations related to collection and storage; transportation; and dismantling, sorting and processing used electronics and components.

Managing Used Electronics and Components: Requirements for Electronics Collection, Storage, Transportation, Recycling and Reuse

Free noise webinar through WisCon

WisCon, the Wisconsin Safety Consultation program, has scheduled a free Online Webinar: Hearing Loss / Hearing Protection at noon on Wednesday July 3, 2019. You can register HERE.  This will be hosted in the WebEx system, those who register will be emailed instructions and a link. 

To get on the WisCon email list for future training events, click here

These workshops (and all WisCon services) are provided free of charge by the University of Wisconsin to the small business community through a cooperative agreement between UW Madison and federal OSHA under the 21(d) onsite consultation program.