Small Business Advisor - February 2020

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Small Business Advisor - February 2020

2019 hazardous waste annual reporting

The 2019 Hazardous Waste Annual Report is now available and due March 1, 2020.   Technical difficulties with the launch of this reporting cycle created a delay of about three weeks, shortening the window to submit the report by the deadline (set in s. NR 662.041 Wis. Adm. Code). As this delay may have affected workflow and resource allocation for our reporting community, facilities will be allowed additional time to complete their reports. Facilities are encouraged to submit reports as promptly as possible to facilitate DNR's ability to provide required information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Depending on your generator status, your facility contact should have received an email in early December from DNRHazardousWasteReporting with instructions on verifying or obtaining a Web Access Management System (WAMS) ID. If your facility was operating as a small or large quantity generator at any point in 2019, and you did not receive the automated email in December, please send a message to  

Please note that a WAMS ID:

  • Is necessary for both report preparers (facility personnel or consultants) and certifier/submitters.
  • Allows access to the online reporting and use of electronic signature.
  • Should exist for past reporters that have previously accessed the system.
  • Can be obtained by following the instructions in the December email, or by registering for a WAMS ID at the DNR Switchboard.

NEW for 2020: The DNR updated the report form and included an electronic signature option. 

Reminder: National hazardous waste pharmaceutical sewering ban in effect

The ban on healthcare facilities sewering hazardous waste pharmaceuticals went into effect nationwide on Aug. 21, 2019. This action was intended to address issues pertaining to the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking and surface waters, as well as negative impacts to aquatic and riparian ecosystems. The USEPA projects this rule will improve drinking and surface water quality by reducing pharmaceuticals entering our waterways by 1,644 to 2,300 tons annually nationwide.

Additional resources:

USEPA’s March 4 webinar recording on pharmaceutical rules including the sewering ban

USEPA’s pharmaceuticals final rule webpage

Register for future USEPA webinars

USEPA has released a Regulatory Navigation tool for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

USEPA has released another Regulation Navigation (RegNav) tool for air quality regulations - Standards of Performance for Subpart Cc: Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.

These online, interactive software programs are designed to help owners and operators of selected air quality regulations determine their personalized requirements by answering successive questions about their equipment/facilities. Note that the tool is not capable of storing or saving the information used. Owners/operators will need to print the results for their records. All of the tools can be found at

The following Reg Nav Tools were provided previously. 

Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources (NSPS):

  • Subparts IIII & JJJJ (combined tool): Stationary Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engines /Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines
  • Subpart WWW:  Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
  • Subpart XXX: Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills That Commenced Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification After July 17, 2014

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP):

  • Subpart ZZZZ: Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)
  • Subpart JJJJJ: Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing
  • Subpart LLL: Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry
  • Subpart JJJJJJ: Area Source Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers

If you have difficulties getting a Reg Nav tool to open in one internet browser, please try another browser.

USEPA and Army Corps announce final rule to redefine "Waters of the United States"

On January 23, 2020, the USEPA and the Department of the Army (Army Corps) finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States” and thereby establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. For the first time, the agencies are streamlining the definition so that it includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters, provides clear exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated, and defines terms in the regulatory text that have never been defined before.

The Clean Water Act directed the USEPA and the Army Corps to protect “navigable waters.” The Navigable Waters Protection Rule regulates these waters and the core tributary systems that provide perennial or intermittent flow into them. Read the pre-publication version of the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

This final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and will replace the Step One Rule published in October, 2019.  Read more about the rule at