Minnesota Groundwater regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minnesota Groundwater Law, Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 103H.001 to 103H.280

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Groundwater monitoring: MSA 103H.175

Solid waste: Minnesota Rules (MR) 7035.2565

Annual reports: MR 7035.2585(H)

Hazardous waste: MR 7045.0590

Regulatory Agencies

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.

State Requirements


MSA 103H.175

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 ...

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