Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
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 federal rules for petitions to delist hazardous wastes under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). For additional information, see the national section DELISTING PETITIONS.
The RCRA federal lists of hazardous wastes are effective in Iowa. The federal listed hazardous wastes are reviewed in the national section LISTED WASTES.
Iowa initially adopted a state hazardous waste management program but returned its authority to the EPA in 1985. While hazardous waste rules remain in the state's Administrative Code, the federal rules for identifying and classifying hazardous waste are in effect in Iowa. See the national section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for additional information.
• Administration and enforcement. EPA's Region 7 office administers and enforces the federal RCRA hazardous waste delisting requirements in Iowa because the state does not have EPA authorization to implement its own hazardous waste management program.