Governing Law and Regulations
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The state's groundwater protection and monitoring rules for hazardous waste TSDFs are generally the same as the federal rules. In addition, Minnesota has groundwater protection and monitoring requirements for certain solid waste TSDFs. For more information about EPA's federal groundwater rules, see the national section GROUNDWATER.
Minnesota's Groundwater Law also provides protection for sensitive areas and establishes health risk limitations for groundwater that is a source for public drinking water supplies (MSA 103H.001 to 103H.280). For more information about public water supplies, see the state section DRINKING WATER.
• Administration and enforcement. MPCA administers and enforces the groundwater monitoring and protection rules in Minnesota at both solid waste and hazardous waste facilities.
The state requires that all results of monitoring groundwater quality by state agencies and political subdivisions must be submitted to the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office.
The Office maintains a computerized database of the results of groundwater quality monitoring in a manner that is accessible to the MPCA, the Minnesota ...