Governing Law and Regulations
Natural Resources Department: Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 561
Environmental protection regulations: IAC 567
Energy and geological resources: IAC 565
Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Fund Board: IAC 591
Emergency Management Division: IAC 605
Public Health Department: IAC 641
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Identification (ID) Number fees: Code of Iowa (IA Code) 455B.424(5)
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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. In Iowa, the counterpart to the federal EPA is DNR. DNR's mission is to "conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations."
Iowa is working with EPA on an ongoing basis for authority to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, DNR's air, water, and waste management rules must be at least as stringent as the federal rules. To obtain federal authorization to enforce and administer its environmental programs, DNR is required to adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or to implement stricter state standards.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR's various departments and boards administer their respective rules as a means of protecting Iowa's air, water, and land from pollution. While hazardous waste rules remain in the state's Administrative Code, EPA sets and administers the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules in Iowa, including the criteria for identifying and ...