Protecting and enhancing the quality of Missouri’s environment is the responsibility of the department’s Division of Environmental Quality. The division assists Missourians with these goals through the traditional roles of permitting, inspections and proactive efforts to revitalize contaminated sites for redevelopment. Through its regional offices, the department provides compliance assistance, permitting, inspections and other environmental expertise closest to where Missourians live and work. This division is responsible for protecting and enhancing Missouri’s water quality. The division certifies and tracks the required continuing education of all operators of public drinking water systems, wastewater systems and concentrated animal feeding operation waste management systems. The division works to ensure clean air, land and water by cleaning up pollution from the past, addressing pollution problems of today and identifying potential pollution issues of the future. The division administers six technical programs: air pollution control, environmental remediation, environmental services, soil and water conservation, waste management and water protection.

Air Pollution Control Program
Acid rain, air quality, asbestos, emissions, incineration, lead and ozone, open burning
Environmental Remediation Program
Brownfields, federal facilities, superfund, underground storage tanks, waste cleanups
Environmental Services Program
Hazardous materials response, laboratory analyses, monitoring, sample collection
Regional Offices
Field inspections, complaint investigation, problem solving, technical assistance
Soil and Water Conservation Program
Cost-share, district assistance, soil survey, special area land treatment
Waste Management Program
Illegal disposal, solid waste facilities, hazardous waste facilities, waste reduction
Water Protection Program
Public drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, water pollution, wellhead protection