Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation

Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation Ordinance

In April, 1994, the Wisconsin Legislature required the DNR to establish a statewide program to ensure that reclamation of nonmetallic mining sites is completed in a consistent manner throughout the State. This program is intended to eliminate future abandoned mine sites and minimize safety hazards and pollution.

The Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation Rule, Chapter NR 135, sets forth uniform reclamation standards for all nonmetallic mining operations in Wisconsin. The reclamation standards are to be implemented by a county or municipal regulatory authority through a reclamation ordinance. The reclamation program is mandatory for counties and voluntary for cities, villages and towns.

Fees charged to the owner or operator of the nonmetallic mines are intended to support the cost of the program