Minnesota rulemaking

Environmental laws and rules are essential tools used to protect Minnesota's environment. Laws are established by the Legislature and the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are incorporated into Minnesota rules, when appropriate. Rules set standards for environmental quality and limits on pollutants.

The MPCA helps protect our environment by writing rules and enforcing them. When MPCA undertakes rulemaking, it follows the Minnesota Administrative Procedures Act.

MPCA's public rulemaking docket

PDF icon Public Rulemaking Docket (mm-rule1-00)

Current, future, and completed rulemaking projects, including Revisor number, webpage, rule summary, contacts, and timetable.

To receive notice of rule changes

Whenever the state rules are changed, you have an opportunity to get involved. The MPCA sends emails to notify the public at critical points in the process. At a minimum, notices are sent when:

  • rule changes are first being considered
  • rules are proposed for public comment
  • new rules become effective

If you are interested in receiving notices, sign up with GovDelivery. If you are unable to receive electronic notices, please contact the Rule Coordinator for the rule of interest.

Water rulemaking

Rulemakings that affect Minnesota’s waters include changes to the state Water Quality Standards (Minn. R. ch. 7050 and 7052) or specific water-related activities (e.g., animal feedlots or permit programs).

Current rulemaking

Recently completed rules

In some rulemakings, the MPCA will “incorporate by reference” documents that are related to the rule. An incorporation by reference in rule states that the contents of another document are part of the rule, even though the text of the referenced document does not appear in the rule itself.

Air rules

The following MPCA documents are incorporated by reference into Minnesota’s air rules.

CHAPTER 7007
7007.1148 AMBIENT AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT
Subpart 2. CAPS electronic spreadsheet method. Item A.

Subpart 2. CAPS electronic spreadsheet method. Item C.

Water rules

The following MPCA documents are incorporated by reference into Minnesota’s water quality rules as shown below.

CHAPTER 7001

7001.4340 REQUIRED METHODS

Subpart 4. MPCA Laboratory Certification Program Manual.

7001.4360 APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION

SUBPART 8. Alternate methods.

CHAPTER 7050

7050.0150 DETERMINATION OF WATER QUALITY, BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS, AND COMPLIANCE WITH STANDARDS

Subpart 4. Definitions. Item X.

7050.0222 SPECIFIC WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR CLASS 2 WATERS OF THE STATE; AQUATIC LIFE AND RECREATION

Subp. 2c. Beneficial use definitions for cold water stream and river habitats (Class 2A). Item A.

Subp. 3c. Beneficial use definitions for warm or cool water stream and river habitats (Class 2Bd).

  • See documents incorporated by reference in Subp. 2c, Item A.

Subp. 4c. Beneficial use definitions for warm or cool water stream and river habitats (Class 2B).

  • See documents incorporated by reference in Subp. 2c, Item A.

7050.0224 Specific Water Quality Standards for Class 4 Waters of the State; Agriculture and Wildlife

7050.0470 CLASSIFICATIONS FOR SURFACE WATERS IN MAJOR DRAINAGE BASINS
Tiered aquatic life uses (TALU) framework
Subpart 1. Lake Superior Basin.

Subpart 2. Lake of the Woods Basin.

Subpart 3. Red River of the North Basin.

Subpart 4. Upper Mississippi River Basin (headwaters to the confluence with the St. Croix River).

Subpart 5. Minnesota River Basin.

Subpart 6. Saint Croix River Basin.

Subpart 7. Lower Mississippi River Basin (from confluence with the St. Croix River to Iowa border).

Subpart 8. Cedar-Des Moines Rivers Basin.

Subpart 9. Missouri River Basin.

CHAPTER 7080

7080.1550 ACCEPTABLE AND PROHIBITED DISCHARGES

Subpart 2. System influent.

CHAPTER 7081
7081.0275 COLLECTION SYSTEMS

CHAPTER 7090

7090.0060 INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

Waste rules

The following MPCA documents are incorporated by reference into Minnesota’s waste rules as shown below.

  • None at this time

Cross media rules

The following MPCA documents are incorporated by reference into Minnesota’s cross media rules.

  • None at this time

 

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