Governing Law and Regulations
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division Land Quality Bureau Contaminated Sites Section
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 does not currently administer the federal Superfund program for the cleanup of hazardous waste disposal sites in the state. Cleanup is conducted according to federal Superfund rules and procedures.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR's Contaminated Sites Section deals with a range of situations that involve contamination caused by a release of hazardous materials or hazardous waste products.
DNR cooperates with EPA in the administration of the federal Superfund program. The state also cooperates with EPA in a program referred to as "pre-remedial" designed to evaluate sites for eligibility for the remedial portion of the Superfund program.
Iowa's Land Recycling Program addresses sites contaminated by hazardous materials or wastes. The program focuses on identifying and carrying out the appropriate remedial measures to ensure the protection of public health and the environment.
In addition, the Land Recycling Program provides for limited liability protection from further regulatory action relative to the problems addressed. Sites come to the attention of DNR in various ways; however, the ...