Unless the discharge is
specifically exempted under s.
, persons who cause the discharge to the
environment of a hazardous substance or who possess or control a hazardous
substance which is discharged to the environment shall immediately notify the
department of the discharge. Discharges to the environment may include recent
discharges, historic discharges, and discharges caused by the long-term
application of a substance. A hazardous substance that is "discharged" into a
secondary containment structure, that is completely contained and can be
recovered with no discharge to the environment, is not subject to the discharge
notification requirements in s.
Note: The department believes that the
dictionary definition of "immediately", i.e. "occurring at once; next in line,"
does not lend itself to quantification. An across-the-board time-period can't
be specified. In uncomplicated hazardous substance discharge situations,
responsible parties are expected to provide notice to the department within a
matter of a few minutes after they learned of the discharge. In other
situations, especially where emergency action of some kind is being taken by
the responsible party or where the responsible party does not have access to a
telephone, notification may not be possible for several hours, but would still
be considered "immediate" if promptly given.
Hazardous substance discharges discovered through soil, water or other analyses
may be reported by telefaxing a completed discharge notification form provided
by the department, or by alternate notification procedures approved by the
department. Laboratory results shall be included with the completed discharge
Note: Use of the discharge notification form is
intended only for notification of discharges typically found through tank
closure assessment, phase II environmental assessments, or by other discoveries
through soil, water or other media analysis. The discharge notification form
can be obtained at the following web address:
The notification required by
this subsection shall contain the following information to the extent
practicable or applicable:
1. Name, address,
and telephone number of the person reporting the discharge.
2. Name, address, and telephone number of the
discharger, or owner and operator of the UST system and any other potentially
3. Date, time,
and duration of the discharge.
Location of the discharge including street address, county, town, city or
village, if appropriate, quarter-quarter section, township, range, geographic
position obtained in accordance with the requirements of s.
, and legal description of lot, if located
in a platted area.
Note: The provisions in s.
(d) require that all geographic position data
shall be obtained and submitted to the department in accordance with the
properties that are not more than 200 feet wide or long, a single point
geographic position shall be obtained at least 40 feet within the boundaries of
the property, or as close to the center of the property as possible if the
property is less than 80 feet wide or long. For properties that are more than
200 feet wide or long, coordinates describing the approximate location of the
property's boundaries, forming a polygon, shall be obtained: and
2) geographic position data shall be
originally collected in Wisconsin Transverse Mercator `91 or projected onto
Wisconsin Transverse Mercator `91.
4. Identity, physical state, and quantity of
the material discharged.
Physical, chemical, hazardous, and toxicological characteristics of the
6. Cause of the
7. Immediate actions
being taken and the name of the contractor or other person performing the
8. Source, speed of
movement, and destination or probable destination of the discharged hazardous
9. Actual or potential
impacts to human health or the environment, including actual or potential
impacts to drinking water supplies.
10. Weather conditions existing at the scene,
including presence of precipitation and wind direction and velocity.
11. Other agencies on-scene during the