Minnesota Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minnesota water pollution control laws: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 115.01 to 115.09

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Environmental Quality Board: MSA 116C.01 to 116C.97

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency laws: MSA 116.01 to 116.994

Minnesota Environmental Rights Act, MSA 116B.01 to 116B.13

Minnesota Environmental Policy Act, MSA 116D.01 to 116D.11

Waste management laws: MSA 115A.01 to 115A.99

Environmental response and liability laws: MSA 115B.01 to 115B.51

Recycling of solid waste laws: MSA 116F.01 to 116F.30

Storage tank laws: MSA 116.46 to 116.50

Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Act, MSA 115C.01 to 115C.13

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In Minnesota, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The MPCA is responsible for protecting Minnesota's land, water, and air from pollution.

Administration and enforcement. The MPCA has received authorization from the EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive and maintain federal authorization, MPCA's air, water, and waste management rules have to be at least as stringent as the federal rules.

State Requirements


The MPCA is headed by the commissioner and is composed of seven divisions with offices in eight cities throughout Minnesota.

  • Industrial Division
  • Municipal Division
  • Remediation Division
  • Resource Management and Assistance Division
  • Watershed Division
  • Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division
  • Operations ...

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