Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2005
ERS Division Conference Held

Mission of the ERS Division
To promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the environment through effective and efficient regulations, education, and enforcement.

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce (Commerce) Environmental and Regulatory Service's (ERS) division-wide conference was held in Oshkosh October 17-19. The conference included the Site and Claim Review Sections of the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) Bureau; the Retail Services and Storage Tank Regulation Sections and Tank Permit and Registration Unit of the Petroleum Products and Tanks Bureau.  It was the first time in many years that the entire Division was together to exchange ideas. 

Mary Burke, Secretary of the Department of Commerce, opened the conference with remarks concerning continual quality improvement. Andy Tschampa, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, followed with a national perspective on Wisconsin's petroleum programs.  Wisconsin continues to be a leader in both Region 5 and nationally in our commitment to the environment. 

Next, Leland Tong, a petroleum consultant, educated the group on the emerging field of bio-diesel fuels.  This technology, with its base in the Midwest, is rapidly expanding to the rest of the nation and may eventually help break our dependence on foreign oil. To end the day, the long-term financial responsibility of the PECFA Program and the role of private insurance companies were explained by James Moser from the PECFA Claim Review Section. 

Marcel Moreau, a nationally recognized storage tank expert, was the featured speaker for the remainder of the conference.  You may recognize him as the principle author of the"Tank-nically Speaking" column in the LUSTLine, a national bulletin on underground storage tanks.  Questions and answers flowed freely among participants.

-- Tom Verstegen

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