Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
April 2006
Comm 5 and 47 Code Changes

The Environmental Regulation Services (ERS) Division has successfully completed a comprehensive update of the two Wisconsin Administrative Code chapters that address the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program. The development of this update has been a lengthy and extensive project, beginning with publication of a Scope Statement in February of 2002.

This update is expected to affect site investigation and cleanup activities at about 4,500 remaining sites where petroleum-product discharges have occurred. The PECFA program currently issues about $2 million each month in reimbursements to site owners and operators for these investigation and cleanup activities.

In previous newsletters, we reported on the results of several corresponding meetings that were held with an external advisory committee, the changes made in response to the extensive public hearing comments we received last year, and our plans to offer training for parties who will be affected by the update. In March, 2006, we completed the last of five training sessions, conducted at regional locations throughout the state. Over 250 private-sector consultants and regulatory officials attended the sessions. Notes a consultant who attended all of the sessions "more changes have been put in place by this update than by all of the preceding changes to the PECFA program combined."

This update of Comm 5 and 47 will become effective on May 1st of this year, and is viewable on the Administrative Rules website under the "Rules Filed" section. Other webpages at this website can be used to also view existing and proposed Administrative Code requirements throughout Commerce and other state agencies as well.

-- Berni Mattsson

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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