April 16, 2013: The DNR will hold a public hearing on an air pollution control permit application from Waupaca Foundry. The permit application includes plans and specifications for modifications of an existing sand cooler process and the construction of a replacement shakeout process.
April 16, 2013: The DNR will hold a public hearing on an air pollution control permit application from FTS International Services, LLC. The application includes plans and specifications for construction and operation of an industrial sand mine and processing plant.
April 16, 17 & 18, 2013: The DNR will hold public hearings on proposed changes to Chapter NR 150 on April 16, 17 and 18, 2013. The proposed rule changes include the replacement of the type list with criteria for identifying, prioritizing, analyzing and seeking public input on issues relating to DNR actions. The new rule proposes to eliminate the use of Environmental Assessments as a means of Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act compliance (WEPA) for individual actions. The proposed rule would add new process and procedures for “bigger picture strategic policy analyses.” The changes in the rule may have significant impacts on the process for the analyses of environmental impacts as well as may act to preclude environmental review for individual projects where the DNR has performed a strategic analysis of the type of projects.
April 18, 2013: Public comments are due on the DNR’s proposed guidance for implementing new EPA public notice requirements for substantial modifications to nutrient management plans.
What to look for in coming weeks:
April 26, 2013: Public comments are due on the DNR’s proposed guidance for implementing water quality trading into WPDES permits and evaluating water quality trading as a permit compliance option and developing a water quality trading strategy.