Governing Law and Regulations
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Industrial Division
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is responsible for administering and enforcing Minnesota's air pollution rules. Minnesota's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan that sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. MPCA's Industrial Division is responsible for administering and enforcing Minnesota's air rules.
MINNESOTA'S AIR PROGRAM
Minnesota's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related requirements.
Areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment areas. Nonattainment of the NAAQS significantly affects the permitting ...