Information requests

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, chapter 13 of Minnesota statutes, regulates how governmental entities such as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) must handle the data they collect, create, disseminate, maintain and store.

How to submit an information request

Complete the PDF icon Information Request Form. (Note: Internet Explorer works best for the form, or open with Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

  • Fill out the form for each information request
  • Incomplete, insufficient or inaccurate requests will be returned

 If you are unable to use the form, contact e-Services Support at 651-757-2728 or 1-844-828-0942.


The MPCA charges a fee for the time it takes to search for records, billed at a flat rate of $33.50/hour, and for supplies to duplicate the records such as paper, CDs or flash drives. Most requests take less than 30 minutes to complete, but some may take much longer.

To estimate of your copy charges, use this form:

There is no cost to review materials at our office. You may bring in and use personal equipment (digital camera, scanner, etc.) to copy files.

See the detailed guides If you would like to come to the MPCA office to review data.

For questions about information requests, contact the MPCA Records Management Intake/Triage staff at or call 651-757-2728 or 1-844-828-0942.

Binary Data Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minn. Stat. § 13)

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) regulates the collection, creation, storage, maintenance, dissemination, and access to government data in government entities. Under the act, all governmental data are accessible to the public for both inspection and copying unless there is a federal law, state statute or temporary classification that classifies them as not public.

Privacy rights of individuals

As an individual, you have rights as a data subject under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.  To view these rights, visit the Privacy rights of individuals webpage.