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Waste & Materials Management Program announcements and public comment opportunities

Public comment opportunities from the DNR's Waste & Materials Management Program are available on this page. You can also view DNR-wide public hearings, meetings and public comment opportunities.

Current opportunities for public comment

There is currently one opportunity for public comment. A public hearing to discuss a low hazard waste exemption request in the city of La Crosse is scheduled for March 3 at 1 p.m.

Guidance in public comment

The Waste and Materials Management Program welcomes input on all program guidance. To offer feedback on existing program guidance, email Waste and Materials Management general mailbox. For guidance open for public comment, email the designated contact person.

There are no public comment opportunities related to guidance under development or revision at this time.

Landfill feasibility

Solid Waste Landfill Feasibility

Under s. 289.23, Wis. Stats., a landfill owner proposing a new landfill or an expansion of an existing landfill must submit a detailed feasibility report to the DNR. Once the DNR determines the report is complete -- i.e., it contains all the elements required by Wisconsin Administrative Code -- the report and its associated documents are posted on our website for public review and comment. This is also an opportunity for qualified persons to request an informational hearing or a contested case hearing. Section 289.26, Wis. Stats., provides a 30-day deadline for public comments and hearing requests to be submitted.

Chapter NR 512, Wis. Adm. Code, specifies the minimum information that must be included in a feasibility report. This includes:

  • a comprehensive and detailed site-specific geologic and hydrogeologic investigation that includes baseline groundwater quality data;
  • a preliminary engineering design;
  • an environmental analysis is conducted;
  • documentation of the need for the proposed landfill; and
  • an analysis of the alternatives to landfilling, such as waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and energy recovery initiatives and services.

After the public comment period has ended, the DNR issues a feasibility determination which, if positive, allows the applicant to proceed with development of a detailed plan of operation for the proposed landfill. The feasibility determination will include a determination of compliance with WEPA and NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code.

Current Opportunities

There are no public comment opportunities related to landfill feasibility at this time.

Hazardous waste facility licensing determinations

Hazardous waste facility licensing determinations

Once the DNR determines a hazardous waste facility seeking an operating license has a complete and technically accurate feasibility and plan of operation report (FPOR), the DNR prepares a preliminary determination, a public notice, a fact sheet and a radio announcement. Information on preliminary determinations is posted on the DNR website for public review and comment.

Chapters NR 664 and NR 670, Wis. Adm. Code, specify hazardous waste facility standards and hazardous waste licensing and decision-making procedures. The feasibility determination will include a determination of facility need and compliance with WEPA and NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code.

Current Opportunities

There are no public comment opportunities related to hazardous waste facility licensing at this time.

Dredged Material Disposal Facility meeting

Meetings for Dredged Material Disposal

Wisconsin law (s. 289.54, Wis. Stats.) requires the DNR to hold a public meeting before issuing an approval or grant of exemption for disposal or reuse of dredged material. The law applies to all proposals where someone is proposing to dispose of dredged material in a landfill, whether licensed or approved or not, dispose in accordance with a land spreading plan of operation, or dispose of or beneficially reuse dredged material subject to a grant of exemption under the low hazard exemption of s. 289.43 (8), Wis. Stats. The public meeting requirement does not apply to facilities for disposal of dredged material that meets the exemption from licensing and plan review requirements under s. NR 500.08 (3), Wis. Adm. Code.

At the public meeting, the DNR will describe the nature of the requested disposal and solicit public comment.

Upcoming Public Meeting

Public meeting for a low hazard waste exemption request for the disposal of dredged material at city-owned property in the city of La Crosse

Public hearing date and time: March 3, 1-2 p.m.

Location: Cottonwood Room at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose Street, La Crosse. Room capacity will be limited to 15 people at a time.

Remote option: Zoom Remote Conferencing Platform

Please note: Downloading the Zoom app is required before entering the hearing. This may take some time, so you are encouraged to do so in advance to the start of the hearing by clicking on the link to register.

To call into the hearing, use:

  • 888-475-4499
  • Enter the following ID# when prompted on the phone: 82214596962

Comment deadline: The deadline for written comments is March 10

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations, including provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Please contact Carolyn Cooper with specific information on your request at least one day before the scheduled meeting date.

Project documents

Documents prepared and submitted on behalf of the project applicant, the city of La Crosse:

Document prepared by the DNR:

Recent Public Meetings

The DNR held a public meeting for a low hazard waste exemption request for the disposal of dredged material at the proposed Dredge Material Management Facility (DMMF), located in the city of Milwaukee, on May 20, 2021.


Project documents

Warning: Several of these files are large, so downloading may take a few minutes on slow internet connections. The documents available here can also be viewed at one of the locations listed in the public notice.

Documents prepared and submitted on behalf of the project applicant, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District:

Low Hazard Exemption request

Final Design Report

Documents prepared by the DNR:

Revision to State Statutes to Permit the MMSD to Construct the DMMF

In a section describing MMSD’s authorized shoreland projects, the Wisconsin statutes are being amended to replace “Shore Protection Projects” with “Area of Concern Project” to allow financing and constructing a dredged material management facility: 

AN ACT to repeal 200.35 (14) (d) 2., 3. and 4. and 200.35 (14) (e) and (g); to amend 200.35 (14) (title), 200.35 (14) (a) 2., 200.35 (14) (b) and 200.35 (14) (c); to repeal and recreate 200.35 (14) (d) 1.; and to create 200.35 (14) (d) 2m. of the statutes; relating to: authorization for metropolitan sewerage districts containing a first-class city to finance and construct a dredged material management facility located in the city of Milwaukee.

During the May 20, 2021, public information meeting, the following wording was incorrectly stated, and included in the chat box, at the end of the above citation:

"and requiring allocation of a portion of federal moneys received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 toward construction of a dredged material management facility."

Public hearings

Public Informational Hearings

Under s. 289.26, Wis. Stats., within 30 days after the notice under s. 289.25 (3) is published for a solid waste disposal facility, or within 45 days after the notice under s. 289.25 (3) is published for a hazardous waste facility, any county, city, village or town, the applicant or any 6 or more persons may file a written request for an informational hearing on the matter with the DNR. The request shall indicate the interests of the municipality or persons who file the request and state the reasons why the hearing is requested.

In accordance with s. 299.17, Wis. Stats., to the greatest extent possible, the DNR shall publish on the DNR's website the current status of any application filed with the DNR for a permit, license or other approval under sections 281 to 285 or 289 to 299, Wis. Stats. The information shall include notice of any hearing scheduled by the DNR with regard to the application.

There are no public hearings scheduled at this time.