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Small Business Advisor newsletter

The Small Business Advisor (formerly known as the Clean Air Advisor) is a newsletter designed to provide environmental information to small businesses. The newsletter keeps you up to date about new regulations at both the state and federal level, trainings and conferences and more. All issues are in PDF format unless indicated otherwise.

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September 2023

  • Proposed Revisions to the Federal Air Emissions Reporting Rule
  • Final WPDES Mineral (Nonmetallic) Mining and/or Processing General Permit
  • Construction Site Storm Water Fall Stabilization Reminder
  • Pollution Prevention Week is September 18-23
  • Input Opportunities: RR Guidance - Post Closure Modification (RR-982); EPA Proposing Requirements for New HAP Additions
  • Training Opportunities: Using Ecolabels for Sustainable Procurement; RR Program's Issues & Trends - Vapor Intrusion Updates
August 2023
  • Small Businesses Receive Assistance from DNR
  • EPA's SBIR Program Soliciting Bids for Circular Economy/Sustainable Materials Projects
  • Now Available: Guidance On Addressing Contaminated Sediment Sites (RR-0124)
  • Sunsetting "Continuing Operation" Practice for Nitrates in Public Water Systems
  • Sackett Decision and DNR Nonfederal Wetland Exemption
  • Training Opportunities: Salt Wise, Wiscon Webinars
July 2023
  • USDA Funding Available for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – Deadline Aug. 15
  • 2022 Annual Drinking Water Report Published
  • EPA Announces New Framework to Prevent Unsafe New PFAS from Entering the Market
  • EPA Implementing Statutory Addition of Certain PFAS to the TRI in Reporting Year 2023
  • DINP Category Added to TRI Chemical List
  • Input Opportunities: Public Input on Water Quality Guidance Documents
  • Training Opportunities: WisCon Training Schedule
June 2023
  • New Web Addresses for Remediation Apps
  • Prevent Recycling Fires by Safely Disposing of Used Batteries
  • Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Created “Aqueous Cleaning Toolkit”
  • Input Opportunity: EPA Proposes Ban on All Consumer and Many Commercial Uses of Perchloroethylene
May 2023
  • New Toolkit Available To Help Local Leaders Address PFAS Contamination In Drinking Water
  • New EPA Resources for All Appropriate Inquiries
  • Used Oil and Antifreeze Requirements
  • Input Opportunities: Wetland GP1 Reissuance; Small Entity Representatives Sought for Other Solid Waste Incinerator Rule SBA Review Panel
  • Training Opportunities: New Electronics Recycling Rule; ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Training
April 2023
  • Announcing National Small Business Week 2023
  • Clean Energy Funding Available for Wisconsin Businesses
  • New Source Performance Standards for Industrial Surface Coating of Plastic Parts for Business Machines
  • Hazardous Waste Rule Changes Impacting Healthcare Facilities
  • Annual Storm Water Permit Fees and Some FAQs
  • Water Quality Trading Clearinghouse Contract Established in Wisconsin
March 2023
  • A New EPA Resource For Small Businesses
  • Waste Determinations: The Cornerstone Of Hazardous Waste Compliance
  • Training Opportunities: Wiscon Training; Plastics Recycling and Labels
  • Input Opportunities: WPDES Nonmetallic Mineral Mining General Permit; Wastewater Guidance on Nitrogen Limits
February 2023
  • DNR’s RR Posted New Guidance: Environmental Contamination & Your Real Estate (RR-973)
  • USDA Accepting Grant Applications for Wood Innovations Projects, Community Wood Energy Facilities
  • EPA Improves Calculators to Measure Impact of Pollution Prevention Activities
  • EPA Adds Nine Chemicals and Removes One PFAS from the Safer Chemical Ingredients List
  • Input Opportunities: EPA Takes Steps to Stop Unsafe PFAS from Reentering Commerce; Proposed Energy Star Certification for Commercial Buildings
January 2023
  • Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week Jan. 23-27, 2023
  • NR 700 Reporting Due Jan. 30
  • Manganese Monitoring For Newly Activated NN Public Water Systems Effective Jan. 1, 2023
  • Storm Water Construction Permit Fee Changes
  • Hazardous Waste Annual Reporting
  • Hazardous Waste Guidance Documents Updated
  • RR Program Guidance on Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (RR-0141) Available
  • EPA Adopts New ASTM Standard For Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
December 2022
  • Air Management Updates Database Application Web Addresses
  • Hazardous Waste Annual Reporting Reminders
  • New Chemicals Added To The Toxics Release Inventory
  • Focus on Energy Can Help Your Business Be More Energy Efficient
  • Input Opportunity: Guidance on Addressing Contaminated Sediment Sites in Wisconsin (RR-0124)
November 2022
  • Updated Air Reporting System Available For 2023 Reporting Season
  • Clean Diesel Grants
  • New Interactive PFAS Data Tool Available
  • Now Available: Updated Technical Standard 1056 Perimeter Sediment Control and Slope Interruption
  • Input Opportunities: Water Quality Guidance for Additives; NR 811 on Community Water Systems
  • Training Opportunities: Recycling Batteries events
October 2022
  • EPA Publishes Final Reclassification for 2015 Ozone Standard
  • Updated RR Case Closure Request Form (4400-202) Available
  • Input Opportunities: NR 439 Listening Session; Post-Construction Storm Water Management for Ground-mounted Solar; EPA Proposed Designation of PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA Hazardous Substances
  • Training Opportunities: WISCON Weekly Webinars; RR Webinar - Passive Air Sampling for Vapor Intrusion
September 2022
  • Wisconsin Businesses: Tell DNR About Your Winter Salt Usage
  • New Webpage and Fact Sheets Available for Owners and Operators of NN Public Water Systems
  • Final Amendments to Air Toxics Standards for Boilers & Process Heaters
  • DNR To Hold Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group Meeting
  • Training Opportunities: Vapor Mitigation Update at Wisconsin Radon Conference September 28
August Special Edition
  • Webinar: A Streamlined Air Permit for Facilities Committed to Green Tier
  • 2021 Annual Drinking Water Report is Available
August 2022
  • Updates Now In Effect For Wisconsin’s Air Emissions Inventory Reporting Rule
  • 2022 Recycling Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open
  • E-Pay And Other Updates To RR Form 4400-025
  • New Wisconsin Administrative Rules For PFAS Now In Effect
  • EPA Issues Final Rule To Require Reporting On Five PFAS
  • Training Opportunities
July 2022
  • NR 700 Reporting Due July 30
  • DNR Issued Mineral (Nonmetallic) Mining and/or Processing General Permit, WPDES General Permit No. WI-0046515-07-0
  • Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guides from FOCUS ON ENERGY®
  • Input Opportunities: EPA Draft Revisions to Risk Determinations under TSCA – Methylene Chloride, 1-Bromopropane
June 2022
  • Storm Water Notice of Intent: New Project Type
  • New Beyond Compliance Resources
  • DHS Publishes "TCE in the Workplace" Fact Sheet
  • U.S. EPA Releases New Health Advisory Level for PFAS
  • Training Opportunities: FET Waste Management Seminar June 30; WisCon Weekly Webinars
June Special Edition
  • Air Management Program Announces New Rules For Adhesive Use And Metal And Plastic Parts Coating Operations
May 2022
  • Facility Action Needed On 1-Bromopropane
  • Chapter NR 216, Wis. Adm. Code Updates Effective
  • Now Available: RR-060, Guidance For Management Of Contaminated Soil And Other Solid Wastes
  • Small Business Environmental Council Meeting May 26
  • Input Opportunities: DNR Water Quality Document for Review; EPA Proposes Reporting Rule for Asbestos under TSCA Section 8(a)
  • Training Opportunities: ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Training
May Special Edition
  • DNR Celebrates Air Quality Improvements, Accomplishments And Public Outreach
  • New Online Resources Available For Printing Facilities
  • Training Opportunities: Changing Regulatory Landscape Workshop for Printing Industry; WISCON Weekly Webinars
April 2022
  • SBA’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit: Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship - May 2 – May 5, 2022
  • EPA Seeks Nominations for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
  • Now Available: Publication RR-0128, Green Team Assistance for Contaminated Properties
  • Input Opportunities: EPA Proposes Ban on Asbestos Use • Training Opportunities: WisCon Weekly Webinars
March 2022
  • RR Program Makes Website Changes to Enhance Customer Service
  • Update to NR 350 Related to Wetland Mitigation
  • EPA Announces the “Clean Air in Buildings Challenge”
  • Input Opportunities: RR Publications Open for Comment until April 6
  • Training Opportunities: Food Waste Reduction Strategies and Tools for Business & Institutions; WisCon Weekly Webinars
February 2022
  • DNR Launches Air Emission Reduction Credit Registry
  • Update to Registration Permit Annual Compliance Certification Form
  • Input Opportunities: Water Quality Guidance Document; EPA TSCA Rule – Reporting and Recordkeeping for PFAS
  • Training Opportunities: Classes on Lead and Copper Monitoring Plans; WISCON Weekly Webinars
January 2022
  • 2022-2023 Dry Cleaner Compliance Calendars Now Available
  • NR 700 Reporting Due Jan. 31
  • Legislation Brings Changes to DNR's Enviro-Check Program
  • EPA Adds 1-bromopropane to the List of Hazardous Air Pollutants under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
  • Input Opportunities: EPA and Army Take Action to Provide Certainty for the Definition of WOTUS
  • Training Opportunities: ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Training
December 2021
  • DNR Encourages Early Hazardous Waste Annual Reporting
  • Updated Air Program Guidance For E-Signature Service
  • Now Available: Publication RR-619, Guidance: General Liability Clarification Letters
  • EPA Kicks-Off 'Companies Crushing Pollution' Video Challenge
  • Training Opportunities (Safer Cleaners & Degreasers for Electronics Webinar; WisCon Webinar)
November 2021
  • Announcing Changes to DNR’s Enviro-Check Program
  • New Online Form to Report Hazardous Substance Discharges
  • Two New Remediation Program Guidance Documents Now Available
  • Assured Delineator Application Window is Currently Open
  • DNR Celebrates America Recycles Day By Announcing Recycling Excellence Awards
  • Input Opportunities (Public hearing NR 809 - PFAS water MCL)
  • Training Opportunities (FET Environment 2021; WISCON weekly webinar)
October 2021
  • DNR Issues The “Construction Site Storm Water Runoff General Permit”
  • Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool to Assess Environmental and Public Health Needs Statewide
  • Wisconsin Air Quality Report Shows Improvement
  • New NR 700 Chapters Govern Financial Assurance Requirements that Apply at Certain Types of Sites
  • Input Opportunities: RR Program Publications Open For Comment; Public Comments on Proposed PFAS-Containing Firefighting Foam Rule and Public Hearing; Provide input on Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool (WEET) Development; EPA’s Draft FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Available for Comment
September 2021
  • Metal Shredding Facilities a Focus of EPA Enforcement
  • Energy Team Toolkit
  • Training Opportunities: 2021 Wisconsin Asbestos Conference – December 3; WisCon Webinars
August 2021
  • Recycling Excellence Award Nominations Now Open
  • Updated Industrial Storm Water Forms Available
  • EPA Updates Safer Chemical Ingredients List
  • Input Opportunities – Reissue of construction storm water permit general permit, NR 439 air program rule update, EPA’s TSCA Rule 8(a)(7) on PFAS reporting
  • Training Opportunities – WI Salt Wise webinars; Energy Star training; Weekly WisCon webinars
July 2021
  • Now Submit Online All Industrial Storm Water Permit Forms and Reports
  • NR 700 Reporting Due July 30, 2021
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
  • EPA's Commitment to Improving Access to Air Toxics Data
  • Training Opportunities: WisCon Weekly, EPA ECHO Webinar
June 2021
  • EPA Revises 2015 Ozone Nonattainment Areas
  • Reminder: TRI Reporting Deadline is July 1
  • Opportunities for Input: Draft WPDES Mineral Mining/Processing, June 30; EPA CAA List of Toxics Adding 1-Bromopropane, June 23; EPA EJ Consultation on Risk Management for TCE and PCE, July 6
  • Training Available: WisCon In Person Training – COVID Returning to Routine, July 1; WisCon Weekly Webinars
May 2021 Special Edition
  • Register Now for Storm Water Basics for Printers on June 3
  • Rescheduled Small Business Environmental Council Meeting Now June 7 at 1:00 PM
  • Training Opportunities
May 2021
  • New Checklists Available for Air Permit Applicants
  • WisCon Safety Consultation Program
  • DATCP Releases 2021 Clean Sweep Collections, Announces Changes to Grant Application Timeline
  • Energy Department OKs $110M for Climate-focused Small Businesses
  • Input Opportunities – Healthy Watersheds, High-Quality Waters Initiative
  • Training Opportunities – WisCon Weekly Webinars for May; U.S. EPA Webinar on Zero Waste
April 2021 - Event Announcements
  • Small Business Environmental Council Meeting May 6 at 1:00 PM
  • Storm Water Basics for Printers on June 3
  • Think Energy Savings on Earth Day
  • Reminder that Hazardous Waste webinars for Printers are available to view
April 2021
  • New EPA Regulatory Navigation Tool to help Collision Repair Shops
  • New DNR Air Program Contacts for Small Sources
  • Annual Storm Water Permit Fees Due End of June
  • RR Program's Contaminated Sites Database Viewer Updated
  • Input Opportunity: Online Public Hearing on Proposed NR 216 Rule Revisions
  • Training: WISCON Weekly Webinar
March 2021
  • Becoming a Sustainability Champion – Webinar March 24
  • Opportunities for Input - Draft WPDES general permits, Publication RR-606, DG Guidance for Facility Start Up
  • Other Training Opportunities - WISCON weekly webinars, remaining March events.
February 2021
  • Wisconsin Water Week March 8-12
  • Input Opportunities
    • EPA Seeks Small Businesses Input on Risk Management Rulemaking for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos
    • Draft WPDES General Permits – Comments Due March 22, 2021
  • Training Available
    • WISCON Online Safety Training
February 2021 Special Edition
  • Small Business Environmental Council meets February 11
  • Training Opportunities
January 2021
  • DNR reporting deadlines in early 2021
  • New hazardous waste resources available
  • DNR's Air Program portal offers access to guidance
  • EPA releases final chemical risk evaluation for Perchloroethylene
  • Opportunities for Input
December 2020
  • FET Air Reporting and Requirement Updates Webinar
  • Safety Training from WisCon Safety Consultation Program
  • 2021-22 Gas Calendar Coming Soon!
  • Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC) Releases PFAS Action Plan
  • Celebrating 30 years of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments
November 2020
  • Joint Great Lakes Graphics Association and DNR Webinars: Hazardous Waste Requirements
  • Wisconsin Asbestos Conference/webinar on December 4
  • EPA releases final chemical risk evaluation for Trichloroethylene
November 2020 - Input Opportunities
  • Small Business Environmental Council meets November 12
  • Non-road engine testing listening session on November 17
  • EPA seeks small business input on risk management rulemaking for HBCD
November 2020 - Special Reports
  • DNR's Sustainability and Business Support Report to the Legislature Available
  • Report Findings: Cleaner Air for the Dairy State
October 2020
  • Webinars on updated hazardous waste rules
  • Regulatory Navigation Tool: NESHAP Subpart 6H - Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources
  • Webinar on DNR Technical Standard 1010 Proprietary Storm Water Filtration Devices
October 2020 - Special Edition
  • Webinar on Revised Air Permit for Wisconsin Printing Operations on November 5
September 2020
  • Webinar on transportation and emissions reductions September 24
  • New Air Pollution Operation Permit renewal application checklist and forms are available now!
  • Minor change to air pollution permit numbers
  • Submit industrial storm water permit NOIs online October 1
  • Public hearing for NR 700 proposed rule changes on October 16
  • Wetland Delineator applications accepted through November 30
  • EPA tools, resources, and guidance for small businesses and low emitters of greenhouse gases
  • National Small Business Week virtual conference September 22-24
August 2020
  • Small Business Environmental Council Meeting August 18
  • Recycling Excellence Awards nomination period open until Sept. 15
  • Water ePermit System: Storm Water Construction General Permit Application Updates
  • Pollution Prevention Waste Management Workshop
July 2020
  • EPA to add new chemical to hazardous air pollutant list
  • MPCA webinar - Refrigerant and refrigeration system training for retail operations
  • EPA soliciting applications for small business funding opportunity
  • Greener options for solvent use
June 2020
  • EPA Stresses the Importance of Recycling and Proper Disposal of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Re-Opening Buildings and Businesses with Potentially Stagnant Water
  • EPA's 2020-2021 SBIR Phase I Solicitation Anticipated to Open in Late June 2020
May 2020 - Event Options for Challenging Waste Webinar May 28
May 2020
  • Wisconsin Celebrates Clean Air Month in May
  • Small Business Environmental Council Meeting May 27
  • Governor Announces $75 Million Grant Program for Small Business
  • Online Industrial Storm Water Applications — Coming Soon to ePermitting!
  • EPA Announces Rescheduled Meeting for Peer Review of the Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos
April 2020 - Special Announcement DNR solicitation of economic impacts on proposed revisions to chs. NR 700 to 799
April 2020
  • U.S. EPA selects a new Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
  • New OSHA guidance on respirator use during N95 shortage
  • U.S. Chamber offers Small Business Virtual Town Hall – Fridays at 12 P.M.
  • Hazardous waste rule development update
April 2020 - COVID-19 Message DNR Offer Environmental Compliance Roadmap

March 2020 – COVID-19

  • COVID-19 message

March 2020 - Special Edition

  • Resources for managing healthcare waste related to COVID-19
  • Funding opportunities for small business during COVID-19 event
  • Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Drinking Water Grant
February 2020 – Special Edition
  • Going Live! A new Asbestos Renovation and Demolition Notification (ARDN) online system will be available February 24

February 2020

  • 2019 hazardous waste annual reporting
  • Reminder: National hazardous waste pharmaceutical sewering ban in effect
  • USEPA has released a Regulatory Navigation tool for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
  • USEPA and Army Corps announce final rule to redefine "Waters of the United State"
January 2020
  • Annual reporting deadlines for DNR programs are coming soon!
  • Learn about air emissions reports and permit policy updates at local seminars hosted by FET
  • Information for Air Pollution Registration Permits all in one place
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