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Advisory Groups


In the Fall of 2017, the legislature enacted Act 70, which directs the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish a pilot program for manufacturers who are eligible for registration operation permits (ROP) for air emissions.

This page is the repository of information about the pilot program including updates from the advisory groups established to guide discussions and advise DNR while establishing the pilot.

EDGE Advisory Group

EDGE Advisory Group Charter

EDGE advisory group members

Member Organization Email
John Antaramian City of Kenosha
Jennifer Buzecky Citizen
Tim Hanna City of Appleton
Arthur Harrington Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Jeff Jaeckels MG&E
Doug Johnson Environmental Intelligence, Inc.
Paul Kent Stafford Rosenbaum
Dave Misky City of Milwaukee
James Madlom Mueller Communications
Jason Scott WEDC
Sarah Slack Foley & Lardner
Mark Thimke Foley and Lardner LLP
Ken Yass Geosyntec


Date Information
October 27, 2021
August 2, 2021
June 17, 2021
March 11, 2021
September 29, 2020
June 25, 2020
December 9, 2019
November 1, 2019
September 18, 2019
July 26, 2019
May 15, 2019
January 18, 2019
October 31, 2018
August 10, 2018
May 11, 2018
April 5, 2018

EDGE Communications

EDGE Communications Toolkit

The EDGE Communications team is tasked with developing a communication strategy and plan to promote the EDGE pilot to target groups who could benefit from it: manufacturing businesses, real estate developers and local governments. Some of the work eventually may be undertaken by DNR and/or partners, other agencies, or other organizations.

Subgroup Objectives

  • Program vision & goals
  • Branding
  • Communications plan
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Funding opportunities
  • Outreach tools and materials
  • Outreach and recruitment

Subgroup Members

  • Renee Bashel - Wisconsin DNR
  • Raechelle Belli - Wisconsin DNR
  • Peggy Frain - Wisconsin DNR
  • Kevin Garstka, Attorney – Wisconsin DNR
  • Katie Grant - Wisconsin DNR
  • Kristin Hart, Permit Section Chief – Wisconsin DNR
  • Doug Johnson - Environmental Intelligence, inc.
  • Amy Litscher - Saga
  • James Madlom - Mueller Communications
  • Bill Nelson - Wisconsin DNR
  • Mark Thimke, Attorney - Foley and Lardner

Previous Meetings

Date Information
August 17, 2020
December 12, 2019
November 18, 2019
October 25, 2019
August 27, 2019
August 12, 2019
August 7, 2019
July 12, 2019

EDGE Metrics

The EDGE Metrics Team is tasked to develop a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that DNR can track and share to evaluate how the program is working. These metrics will help interested parties understand the benefits and costs of participating, track the effectiveness of outreach efforts, gauge the success of EDGE.

Subgroup Objectives

  • Develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of success
  • Develop reporting criteria for EDGE participants
  • Collect testimonials for use in legislative report
  • Develop legislative report

Subgroup Members

  • Jennifer Buzecky - Citizen
  • Kevin Garstka, Attorney – Wisconsin DNR
  • Kristin Hart, Permit Section Chief – Wisconsin DNR
  • Jeff Jaeckels - MG&E
  • Doug Johnson - Environmental Intelligence, Inc.
  • Bill Nelson - Wisconsin DNR
  • Michael Prager - Wisconsin DNR

Previous Meetings

Date Information
October 31, 2019
August 22, 2019
August 2, 2019
July 2, 2019

Green Tier ROP

A registration permit is a type of general permit available to businesses that have low air pollution emissions. The permit caps facility-wide emissions and prescribes monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Go to Air permit options for more information on the Air Program's Registration Permit Program.

The Green Tier Registration Permit Subgroup supports the goals of the EDGE Program through exploring how air pollution control registration permitting elements fit with Green Tier requirements and VPLE certification under the Brownfields Program.

Subgroup Objectives

  • Provide feedback as the DNR develops a Registration Permit specifically geared to facilities with low air pollution emissions that operate under Tier 2 of Green Tier
  • Provide support to the EDGE Advisory Group

Subgroup Members

  • Mark Thimke, Attorney - Foley and Lardner
  • Patti Stickney, Environmental Consultant - SEH
  • Jeff Jaeckels, Environmental Manager - MG&E
  • Jennifer Buzecky, Attorney - Private Citizen
  • Kristin Hart, Permit Section Chief – Wisconsin DNR
  • Kevin Garstka, Attorney – Wisconsin DNR

Previous Meetings

Date Information
January 29, 2019 Agenda
December 6, 2018 Agenda
November 7, 2018 Agenda
October 12, 2018 Agenda
September 14, 2018 Agenda
August 23, 2018 Agenda
July 12, 2018 Agenda
May 30, 2018 Agenda
April 25, 2018 Agenda

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