November 01, 2013                    

From the City-Times

“The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on rule revisions required by the new ferrous mining law, Wisconsin Act 1.

The agency will also hold two public hearings on the rule changes – the first hearing will be held in Ashland on Monday, November 11, from 4-7 p.m., in Room 305 of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute, 2100 Beaser Avenue.  The second hearing will be in Madison on Friday, November 15, from 1-4 p.m., in Room G09 of the state Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster Street.

The rule revisions are required by Section 103 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 1, the Ferrous Mining Law.  The main chapters affected in the Wisconsin Administrative Code include the metallic mining regulations in chs. NR 130, 131, 132 and 182, Wis. Adm. Code; the solid waste regulations in chs. 500 – 538, Wis. Adm. Code; and other chapters of the state administrative code that contain exemptions for mining activities.

The department is proposing the changes to bring certain existing rules into conformity with the statutory changes made by the new law.  No changes other than those mandated under Section 103 are proposed.

The proposed rules apply statewide and are not specific to any one project.  The rules clarify that ferrous mining activities are regulated by subchapter III of chapter 295, Wis. Stat., and nonferrous mining activities are regulated under chapter 293, Wis. Stat., and the nonferrous mining regulations.

Availability of proposed rules

The proposed rules and supporting documents, including the fiscal estimate, may be viewed and downloaded from the Wisconsin Administrative Rules website.  You can also view the rules on the DNR’s proposed rules web page.

If you do not have Internet access, a printed copy of the proposed rule and supporting documents, including the fiscal estimate, may be obtained free of charge by contacting Jane Washburn, DNR Bureau of Waste and Materials Management, WA/5, 101 S. Webster St, Madison, WI, 53707; by calling 608-266-2111; or by emailing DNRWAMININGRULES@wisconsin.gov.  Requests for a printed copy of the proposed rules and supporting documents must be received no later than November 4, 2013.

Submitting comments

Public comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before December 2, 2013.  Written comments may be submitted by U.S. mail, fax, e-mail or through the Internet and will have the same weight and effect as oral statements presented at the public hearing.

 

Written comments and any questions on the proposed rules should be submitted by mail to:

Mining Rule Comments – WA/5

Bureau of Waste and Materials Management

101 South Webster Street,

Madison, WI 53707 – 7921

 

Written comments may also be submitted to the department using the Wisconsin Administrative Rules website.  You can also send public comments via email to DNRWAMININGRULES@wisconsin.gov, or by fax to 608-267-2768. 

 

Reasonable accommodations, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  Contact Jane Washburn, DNR Bureau of Waste and Materials Management, WA/5, 101 S. Webster St, Madison, WI, 53707; by e-mail to Jane.Washburn@wisconsin.gov, or by calling 608-266-2111.”

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