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Regulatory Resources

Rules for solid and hazardous waste disposal, air emissions and water discharges mostly come from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). These rules may be federal or state rules. A good place to start for information on rules affecting industries in Minnesota is MPCA resources. Other offices have jurisdiction depending on location or function.

Minnesota Regional Offices

Solid and hazardous waste rules may also have local requirements in the seven Twin Cities metropolitan counties.

County or Organization

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Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services Department


Carver County Environmental Services Department


Dakota County Environmental Management Department


Hennepin County


Ramsey County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Section


Scott County Parks, Libraries, and the Environment


Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment


Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES)


Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD)


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency



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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Protects Minnesota's environment through monitoring environmental quality and enforcing environmental regulations. MnTAP's Web site links to many MPCA resources directly. Find information on air, water, solid and hazardous waste, and cleanup regulations and permits.


Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)

Provides free, nonregulatory, confidential compliance assistance to small businesses, with an emphasis on pollution prevention opportunities to get small businesses out of the regulatory loop or into a less burdensome regulatory process.


Environmental Guide for Small Businesses in Minnesota

A user-friendly guide for small manufacturers to Minnesota's environmental regulations. The guide aims to give you enough information so you can quickly determine if your business is subject to a regulation and places to go for more help.


Staff directory

If you know the name of the MPCA staff person you want to contact, search MPCA's staff directory for contact information.



Includes press releases, compliance, new or revised fact sheets, and meeting minutes.


SBA Loans

SBA offers a variety of loan programs for a variety of purposes.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Other State of Minnesota Agencies & Organizations



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Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health

Find resources on regulations for plumbing codes, i.e., rules for oil and flammable liquids separator and traps.


Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commercial Vehicle Operations

Provides training and information on DOT hazardous materials shipping requirements, including containers, describing and documenting waste, and labeling. Registers transporters and shippers of hazardous materials and hazardous waste.


Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Program

The EPCRA Program is responsible for coordinating information about hazardous chemicals at facilities around the state so that local emergency officials can prepare for emergencies.


Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration Compliance

Worker safety requirements are handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the Department of Labor.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). A compilation of federal environmental regulations.

Federal Register

Includes environmental rule notices. Useful for supplementary information, background and preamble understanding.

Office of Solid Waste

Includes solid waste, recycling, reuse, hazardous waste, and tanks.

Other Agencies & Organizations



Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA works to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. Has information on regulations, subject and site search, and what's new.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Find and review issued patents and patent applications.

Chemical Alliance

Up-to-date information concerning the environmental regulations affecting the chemical industry. Operated by a partnership of environmental professionals in academia, government and industry. Includes news and articles.

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