Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
August 2005
Small Business Regulatory Review Board to Review Ag Rule

Small businesses interested in commenting on a proposed Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rule that affects livestock operations will want to attend the summer meeting of the Small Business Regulatory Review board on August 25 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center, Waukesha Technical College, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee.

"My Grow Wisconsin initiative calls for helping small business owners thrive in Wisconsin's marketplace," said Governor Jim Doyle. "I established the Small Business Regulatory Review Board to make sure the interests and needs of small businesses are considered."

The key issues associated with the proposed rule relate to nutrient management planning and manure storage requirements. Both small and large operations could be impacted by the proposed rule revision and associated changes to WPDES permit requirements.

The Small Business Regulatory Review Board is made up of representatives from state agencies, small businesses, and the Legislature and is part of Governor Doyle's Grow Wisconsin plan. The Board has the authority to seek agency compliance with existing legislation that requires all state agencies to prepare a small business economic impact analysis when promulgating new rules that affect small businesses.

Interested persons who would like to comment on the proposed rule should contact Carol Dunn, Department of Commerce (Commerce) Small Business Ombudsman, at 608/267-0297 or cdunn@commerce.state.wi.us. For more information about the Board or to review the proposed DNR rule, visit www.commerce.wi.gov/BD/BD-SBRRB.html.

--Tony Hozeny

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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