Small Business Advisor - April 2021

Small Biz News

Small Business Advisor - April 2021

New EPA Regulatory Navigation Tool to help Collision Repair Shops

Autobody shops now have a powerful new tool to help them determine their compliance requirements under an Environmental Protection Agency air quality rule. The regulation navigation tool – known as the Reg Nav Tool – provides autobody shops with a quick and easy screening tool that helps determine if they can petition for an exemption under the “Autobody Rule.”

Nationwide, every auto body shop or collision repair facility that spray applies coatings to a motor vehicle or mobile equipment is automatically subject to EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH. This rule is often referred to as “the autobody rule” or simply “6H.”

New DNR Air Program Contacts for Small Sources

The DNR Air Program recently adjusted county assignments for small source (non-CMS) air compliance. The new assignments ensure all facilities have compliance staff to contact when needed.  The map showing the new assignments can be found on the Air Program contacts webpage under compliance.  All assignments are also updated in the DNR Staff Directory for the public to search.

Annual Storm Water Permit Fees Due End of June

The DNR charges an annual fee to all industrial storm water permittees. The DNR will mail or email invoices for the yearly fees in May or June. The invoice will include instructions on paying the fee, where to send the payment and the due date.

Fees for the various general permits are $260 per year for Tier 1, Auto Salvage and Scrap Recycling permittees and $130 per year for Tier 2 and Nonmetallic Mining permittees.

For forms or additional information:

RR Program’s Contaminated Sites Database Viewer Updated

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) program has updated the public interface of its online database of open and closed cleanup sites with new functions and a style that matches the DNR’s redesigned website.

BRRTS On The Web (BOTW) is a searchable, public database that allows users to find information about the investigation and cleanup of environmental contamination in Wisconsin.

In addition to the modern look, the initial search page, which was previously divided into separate tabs for both basic and advanced features, was consolidated into one page, allowing users to see all features in one glance. There are also new features for common search functions, allowing customers to narrow searches by selecting from a dropdown menu of fields.

Other new features include:

  • Mouseover definitions of search criteria.
  • Glossary link for additional information.
  • Searching by DNR project manager.
  • Searching by related activities.
  • The ability to sort search results.

These features and other improvements, including a discussion of recent survey results and updates to the RR Sites Map feature, were presented during the March 16 Issues & Trends webinar. A recording of that presentation is available in the training library.

Input Opportunity: Online Public Hearing on Proposed NR 216 Rule Revisions

The DNR is currently updating NR 216, Wis. Adm. Code, regarding storm water permitting. The rule amendment proposes to address the omissions and deviations from federal storm water requirements, codify other federal storm water requirements in effect since 2003 and address any additional rule changes necessary and reasonable relating to federal requirements or state statute.

As part of this effort, the DNR is holding an online public hearing – 1:00 pm April 20, 2021 – for proposed rule WT-09-19 relating to storm water discharge permits. A notice of hearing, draft of the board order, and an economic impact assessment are available for download as a clickable link by going to the proposed permanent administrative rules webpage and scrolling down to WT-Watershed Management. Information is also available on the NR 216 rule updates webpage.  

The public may testify at the hearing. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged if you plan to provide spoken comments during the hearing, but registration will also take place via email at the beginning of the meeting. To register, please download and complete the fillable Hearing Appearance form and send it to  If you cannot access or download the information, please send an email to the following address:

The DNR will accept written comments on the draft rule until April 30, 2021.  Comments may be submitted electronically to or mailed to: Amy Minser – WT/3, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

Training: WISCON Weekly Webinar

The Weekly Webinar is a short (15-20 minute) weekly presentation on workplace health and safety topics followed by an open question and answer period.  Join the Webinar Live at  Questions entered online during the presentation will be answered at the end of the presentation.  If the answer isn’t available immediately, it will be addressed the following week.  

April Topics are: 

  • 12 APR – Hearing Protection
  • 19 APR – Cleaning and Disinfecting Respirators 
  • 26 APR – Work Zone Awareness

For these, and other outreach training programs from WisCon, you can go to the Safety and Health Training webpage at WISCON has seventeen professional field staff to provide you with direct assistance on safety and health rules.  Call (800) 947-0553 or visit the website