Governing Law and Regulations
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Iowa follows the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when reviewing environmental impact statements (EISs). The state does not have its own specific statutes or regulations for EIS review.
Although Iowa does not specifically require an EIS, the state's permit application process includes consideration of the potential environmental impact of any proposed regulated activity. Any required federal permits or licenses are subject to EIS review. In addition, any project receiving full or partial federal funding is subject to EIS review. For additional information, see the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR administers and enforces EIS regulations in the state.