Minnesota Financial Responsibility regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota Financial Responsibility: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tanks (USTs): Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Act, 9 Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 115C and Minnesota Rules (MR) 2890

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Hazardous waste generators: MR 7045.0210

Solid waste landfills: MR 7035.2665 to 7035.2805

Solid waste tire facilities: MR 9220.0550 to 9220.0680

Universal waste handlers: MR 7045.1400, Subpart 3

Pesticide applicators: MR 1505.1240 to 1505.1260

Drinking water systems: MR 4720.0012

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Minnesota Department of Health (DOH)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota generally follows federal financial responsibility requirements with additional requirements for pesticide businesses, new drinking water systems, hazardous waste generators, solid waste landfills, solid waste tire facilities, and universal waste handlers. See the national section FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for guidance on the federal rules.

Refer to the Table in this section for a summary of state financial responsibility requirements.

Administration and enforcement. The MDA administers and enforces the financial responsibility rules for pesticide businesses. The DOH is responsible for the administration and enforcement of drinking water rules and programs in Minnesota. The MPCA administers and enforces the state's hazardous waste and universal waste rules.

State Requirements


Many of Minnesota's environmental compliance statutes have financial responsibility requirements. Generally, these rules require that certain facilities prove they are able to pay for damages caused by releases to the environment. In most ...

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