Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2004
Web Sites for Code Revisions in the Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services
The Environmental and Regulatory Services (ERS) Division periodically updates the Wisconsin Administrative Code chapters that form the basis for most of the activity in the Division.

Comprehensive updates are currently underway for the code chapters that address storage of flammable and combustible liquids, and for the code chapters that address the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program.

The code updates for storage of flammable and combustible liquids are expected to annually affect about 3,000 new or upgraded installations for which the Division issues plan approvals or they are done at local levels. Updates are also expected to annually affect about 10 percent of the 70,500 existing tanks that are currently used statewide for these liquids, such as gasoline.

The code updates for the PECFA program are expected to affect site investigation and cleanup activities at about 4,500 remaining sites where petroleum-product discharges have occurred. This program currently issues $5 million to $6 million a month in reimbursements to site owners and operators for these investigation and cleanup activities.

The Web sites described below display the major efforts and activities associated with these two comprehensive code updates.

At the Commerce home page, select the link to Petroleum & Tanks. From there, select either the link to Storage Tank Regulations, or the link to Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA).

At the Storage Tank Regulation site, under Regulations, select Code Revision Drafts & Info. There, links are available for the Scope of Committee Action and Rule Revision, Committee Membership and Representation for the corresponding external advisory committee, Committee Progress Reports, Draft Comm 10 Proposed Revisions, and Meeting Announcements and Agenda.

At the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) site, under "News and Legislative Updates", links are available for the Announcement of Rule Changes (which has links to the proposed changes that were presented at a public Hearing in July 2004) and for the COMM 47 Future Code Advisory Committee Meetings and Reports & Agenda.

As these code revisions progress further through the rule promulgation process, these Web sites will be updated accordingly, and further articles reporting the progress will appear in this newsletter.

File reference: Comm 47/12.04 Newsletter

--Berni Mattsson

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