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WQ22, Reviewed April 2017

Federal Laws Protecting Groundwater and Surface Water

Bob Broz
Extension Water Quality State Specialist
Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering

Several key laws protect the quality of groundwater and surface water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for seeing that these laws are followed. The EPA assigns different responsibilities to other state agencies and distributes federal funds to carry them out. The main laws listed here are the responsibility of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Safe Drinking Water Act (1974)

The Clean Water Act (1972)

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act — RCRA (1980)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act — CERCL (1980)

Toxic Substances Control Act — TSCA (1976)

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act — FIFRA (1972)

This publication was written by Karen DeFelice, former associate extension agronomist; Nyle Wollenhaupt, former state extension agronomist; and Daryl Buchholz, former state extension agronomist. This material is based upon work supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, Extension Service, under special project number 89-EWQI-1-9203.
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