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Laws

Federal laws, also referred to as acts, are bills passed the U.S. Congress and usually signed into law by the President. Every six years, public laws are recorded in the U.S. Code, which is a codification of all general and permanent laws of the United States. A supplement to the U.S. Code is published each year until the next comprehensive volume is published. Printed versions of the U.S. Code are available through the Government Publishing Office (GPO), U.S. Depository Libraries and most public libraries. Electronic versions of the U.S. Code (1994-present) are available free of charge online through GPO govinfo.gov.

State laws, also referred to as statues, are bills passed by a state's legislative body and usually approved by its governor. All Missouri laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly are recorded in the Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMo), which is updated at the end of each legislative session. An electronic version of the current RSMo is available free of charge online. You may also purchase printed versions of current and past volumes online through the Missouri Revisor of Statues.

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Regulations

Regulations, also referred to as rules, explain the technical, operational and legal details necessary to implement the laws. Regulations are written and developed through the rulemaking process, by federal and state agencies given the authority to do so by a statute. Although they are not laws, regulations have the force of law, since they are adopted under authority granted by statutes. All federal regulations in force are codified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFR (1996-present) is updated each year and is available free of charge online through GPO govinfo.gov.

The Missouri Code of State Regulations (CSR) is updated monthly and includes all regulations promulgated by all Missouri state agencies. The current CSR is available free of charge online. You may also request a printed copy from the Missouri Secretary of State's Office by calling 573-751-4015.

Rules in Development

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources regularly proposes new rules and amendments to rules (i.e., “regulations”) based on direction from its Commissions and mandates from the legislature. In most cases, department rulemakings involve changing existing rules, rather than proposing entirely new rules or rescinding rules. Many of these changes address relatively minor issues, such as a removing outdated information or updating referenced documents. In all rulemakings, regardless of significance, the department provides information on the need for the rule, the benefits and costs of the rulemaking and the alternatives considered.

The department's Regulatory Action Tracking System contains all department proposed rules in development. The department submits proposed rules to the Secretary of State, which are then put on public notice in the Missouri Register. The rules will not go into effect until the public has had an opportunity to submit written comments and to attend a public hearing, if one is scheduled. For general information about the rulemaking process, contact the department at 573-751-3443. For more information on specific rules, direct contact names and phone numbers are provided in the Rulemaking Report for each individual proposed rule listed in the Regulatory Action Tracking System.

Public Notices/ Public Comments

The department is making every effort to make draft rules that are open for public review and comment available below. All proposed rules and actions open for public review and comment are available on the department's Public Notices/ Public Comments webpage.

Area of Focus: Air
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling » Emergency Response
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling » Federal Facilities
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling » Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling » Solid Waste
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling » Superfund
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Area of Focus: Waste and Recycling » Underground Storage Tanks
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Area of Focus: Water
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Area of Focus: Water » Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation
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Area of Focus: Water » Dam and Reservoir
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Area of Focus: Water » Drinking Water
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Area of Focus: Water » Soil and Water Conservation
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Area of Focus: Water » Wastewater
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Area of Focus: Water » Water Quality
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Area of Focus: Water » Water Resources
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Area of Focus: Water » Wells and Drilling
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Area of Focus: Land and Geology
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Area of Focus: Land and Geology » Dam and Reservoir
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Area of Focus: Land and Geology » Land Reclamation
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Area of Focus: Land and Geology » Oil and Gas
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Area of Focus: Land and Geology » Soil and Water Conservation
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Area of Focus: Land and Geology » Wells and Drilling
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Area of Focus: Energy
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Area of Focus: Agency/ General
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