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Minnesota Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minnesota Environmental Response and Liability Act (MERLA), Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 115B.01 to 115B.20

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Minnesota Land Recycling Act, MSA 115B.175

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

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. Brownfield sites in Minnesota are addressed by MPCA, using programs at both the state and local levels. The MPCA has several programs that work on investigating and cleaning up brownfields sites. Individual MPCA programs work with particular sites based on the type of contaminants present or the circumstances under which the contamination occurred on the proposed brownfields sites.

Minnesota is pursuing partnerships with local governments, developers, and the financial community to more effectively promote sustainable development and to address contamination problems at sites in the state.

Administration and enforcement. MPCA and EPA Region 5 jointly administer Minnesota's Petroleum Brownfields program,, formerly the Voluntary Petroleum Investigation and Cleanup program, which aids in the redevelopment of brownfields contaminated with petroleum pollution. For additional information on petroleum storage tanks, see the national and state sections UNDERGROUND/ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS. MPCA's Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup program (VIC) is available for cleanup of areas contaminated by solvents, acids, heavy metals, etc.

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