The Missouri Department of Natural Resources works to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational opportunities for everyone. We all want clean air, clean water and pristine land. Burdensome regulations and time-consuming paperwork, however, that provides minimal enhancements to our natural resources and public health protection, are not effective. They restrict business growth and interfere with improving our economy. All state agencies are working to reduce Red Tape in Missouri. Red tape refers to regulations or other government rules or processes that unnecessarily burden individuals and businesses while doing little to protect or improve public health, safety and our natural resources.

The department has already identified a number of rules needing rescission or amendment through its Periodic Rule Review. The results of this review were filed with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board on last year. We expect to identify even more rules that need action during our red tape reduction review.

The department will continue protecting Missouri’s air, land and water quality while encouraging economic growth so that Missouri and all Missourians prosper. It is the worthiest of missions, and it can be done. The comment period ended on Dec. 15, 2017. Thank you for your comments on all rules under Executive Order 17-03.

The Director’s Office manages the policy and operations of the department through its four divisions, improves efficiencies through strategic planning and ensures public participation through the decision-making process to ensure the department follows federal and state regulations.

The commission was created in 1965 to carry out the Missouri Air Conservation Law (Chapter 643, RSMo). The department’s Air Pollution Control Program administers the policies and general programs developed by the commission to maintain and improve the quality of Missouri’s air to protect public health, general welfare and the environment.

The commission was appointed in 1958 after the passage of the Water Pollution Law of 1957. The federal Clean Water Law was created in 1972. The commission was created to further carry out the Missouri Clean Water Law (Chapter 644, RSMo). The department’s Water Protection Program administers the policies and general programs developed by the commission to protect water quality in Missouri.

The Dam and Reservoir Safety Council and program are responsible for ensuring all new and existing non-agricultural, non-federal dams 35 feet or higher meet minimum safety standards as established by Sections 236.400 to 236.500 RSMo.

The Missouri Geological Survey was created in 1853 as the first state agency commissioned to study Missouri’s natural resources (Chapter 256 RSMo). The division continues to provide scientific analysis, education and guidance in the use and protection of Missouri’s natural resources.

Sections 260.500 to 260.552, RSMo were created in 1983 and govern hazardous substance cleanup, commonly referred to as the Spill Bil. The department’s Environmental Services Program addresses any chemical, petroleum, or other material spilled on to the land, water or atmosphere that may impact the public health, safety and the environment.

The commission was created in 1977 to carry out the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law (Sections 260.350 to 260.430 RSMo). The department’s Hazardous Waste Program administers the policies and general programs developed by the commission to protect human health and the environment from threats posed by hazardous waste.

The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission and the Missouri Clean Water Commission assembled their rules relating to underground and aboveground storage tanks into one division of the Code of State Regulations, Division 26. These rules apply to all owners and operators of an underground storage tank system and are designed to protect the quality of groundwater in the state as well as to protect human health and the overall quality of the environment

The commission was created in 1971 to regulate and control strip mining to prevent or minimize its injurious effects on the resources and people of the state. (Sections 444.510 to 444.980 RSMo). The department’s Land Reclamation Program administers the policies and general programs developed by the commission to assure Missouri’s mineral resources are available for economic development and the land is returned to the best possible condition for use after mining is completed.

The Metallic Minerals Waste Management Act was established in 1989 (Sections 444.352 to 444.380 RSMo). The department’s Land Reclamation Program regulates disposal of waste from metallic minerals mining, beneficiation and processing.

The Oil and Gas Council was created in 1965 (Chapter 259, RSMo). The department and council promote the economic development and production of Missouri’s oil and gas resources, work to ensure that wastes generated by oil and gas wells are managed properly and protect groundwater aquifers that may be affected by oil and gas well drilling.

The commission was created in 1993 to implement, administer and enforce Sections 640.100 to 640.140, RSMo. The department’s Water Protection Program administers the policies and general programs developed by the commission to ensure all 2,800 public water systems in Missouri provide safe drinking water.

The commission was created in 1943 under the Soil and Water Districts Law (Sections 278.060 to 278.155, RSMo). The department’s Soil and Water Conservation Program administers the policies and general programs developed by the commission to protect and conserve Missouri’s soil and water resources. The department supports the 114 local districts as they promote soil and water conservation through education and best practices and provide technical and financial assistance to local farmers and landowners.

The first solid waste law was created in 1955 to eliminate dumping of solid waste. The department’s Solid Waste Management Program administers Sections 260.200 to 260.345, RSMo. The program works to help Missourians and Missouri businesses properly manage their solid waste to protect public health and the environment.

The Missouri state park system was established in 1917 (Chapter 253, RSMo). The Missouri State Parks system preserves and interprets the state's most outstanding natural landscapes and cultural landmarks, and provides outstanding recreational opportunities compatible with those resources. Today, the system includes 91 state parks and historic sites with more than 150,000 acres available to the public.

The State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Chapter 253, RSMo). The program identifies resources, National Register nominations, Section 106 review and compliance, maintains a cultural resource inventory, operation of the federal certified local government grants program, application reviews and federal tax credit programs related to historic preservation. The program provides technical assistance to property owners and archaeological assistance regarding unmarked human burials and shipwrecks.

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