Small Business Advisor - September 2020

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Small Business Advisor - September 2020

Webinar on transportation and emissions reductions September 24

Transportation Emissions Webinar Sept 2020


Join a free webinar on Thursday, September 24 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. to learn more about transportation related emissions, EPA’s Smart Way Program and UPS’s sustainable transportation initiatives.  All are welcome to register. Registration is free.

To register, click the link and fill out contact information:

The webinar is presented by DNR's Green Tier program in partnership with Great Lakes Graphics Association, Printing United Alliance, FTA, TLMI and SGP.

New Air Pollution Operation Permit renewal application checklist and forms are available now!

The DNR Air Program released updated application resources for Part 70 operation permit renewals. The checklist and updated forms are available on DNR’s operation permit renewal webpage. Completing the new checklist offers facilities the assurance that they are providing all necessary information to complete a Part 70 operation permit renewal application.

Updates to the application forms include:

  • fillable PDFs that guide users to required sections in the form based on answers to previous questions, 
  • updated format, and
  • more comprehensive and color-coded instructions.

New procedures for DNR staff are also in place to review applications for completeness as they are received. This allows DNR to contact the facility and request missing information early in the process.  A DNR permit reviewer is assigned to each application within a month of receipt of the application. Assigning a DNR staff person right away provides the applicant with a direct contact at the department and ensures prompt action on the review.

For questions on the new resources or procedures, contact Megan Corrado.

Minor change to air pollution permit numbers

The permit numbers for operation, registration and general air pollution permits have changed. In the past, permit numbers started with a 9-digit number identical to the Facility’s FID number followed by a dash and additional letters and numbers. Starting in August, new permit numbers generated by DNR will replace the zero at the end of the FID portion of the permit number to the left of the dash with a letter such as A, B, etc.

For decades, operation permit numbers included the Facility Identification (FID) number.  All FID numbers are assigned to a geographic location and are used by DNR’s Air, Waste and Materials Management, and Wastewater Programs to designate a facility at a specific location.  When a facility closes and a new facility opens on the same site, the new facility will have the same FID as the old. In order to ensure that every facility has a unique permit number, the FID portion of the permit number is being slightly modified and will now end in a letter.

This change only affects the air pollution permit numbers.  All facility owners and operators should note that there is no change to the FID.  FID numbers always end in zero and facilities will still report emissions under the same FID and still refer to the zero-ending FID when asking questions or looking up the facility online.

For questions on this change, contact Megan Corrado.

Submit industrial storm water permit NOIs online October 1

Beginning October 1, 2020, all industrial storm water permit applications (Notices of Intent or NOI) must be submitted through the DNR’s online Water ePermitting System.

The online system is available on the water permit applications webpage.

  • The storm water program currently has construction and industrial site permit applications (NOI), construction and industrial Notices of Termination (NOT) and municipal eReporting available.
  • The ePermitting system does not require any special software and is completely web-based and available on all internet browsers.
  • Online forms immediately notify staff once submitted, store the information electronically and make all submittals publicly available.

In light of COVID-19, please understand that most of our staff are teleworking and may have limited access to files, including any mailed NOIs or NOTs. Submitting NOIs or NOTs electronically will ensure timely service from our staff.

Access a step-by-step help document on the DNR’s webpage.

Public hearing for NR 700 proposed rule changes on October 16

The DNR will hold a public hearing on October 16, 2020, to receive public comment and feedback on emergency rule RR-11-17(E) and proposed permanent rule RR-10-17. The DNR will hold one public hearing for both rules. The hearing will be held via Skype. Meeting registration and details are available in the public hearing notice.

Written comments on the rules may be submitted any time before or on October 23, 2020. Details on how to provide comments are included in the public hearing notice.

These rule changes affect the Wis. Admin. Code NR 700 rule series related to remediation of hazardous substance discharges and environmental pollution. The changes relate to implementation of 2015 Wisconsin Act 204 and 2017 Wisconsin Act 70, direction for cleanup of sites with contaminated sediments, and other changes needed to update, clarify, and promote consistency within Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700-799.

Further information on this rulemaking can be found on the NR 700-799 rule changes web page at:

Wetland Delineator applications accepted through November 30

The window for submitting applications for the DNR professional assurance initiative for wetland delineators is September 15 - November 30.  Please see the document for specific information regarding application criteria: professionalAssuranceInitiative.pdf.  Applications will only be accepted electronically.

If you intend to apply, you may contact the DNR wetland delineation coordinator, Kara Brooks, at and you will be sent an invitation to a file sharing folder to submit your application. Alternatively, you may submit application materials via link to your own file sharing folder.

EPA tools, resources, and guidance for small businesses and low emitters of greenhouse gases

EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership provides organizations with tools, resources, and guidance for low emitters. The simplified framework for calculating a GHG inventory for low emitters can be used by smaller supply chain partners, office-based organizations, and public institutions, including government agencies and universities. Resources include:

National Small Business Week virtual conference September 22-24

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy.

Details and registration information will be posted on as events are finalized.