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WQ22, Reviewed October 1993

Federal Laws Protecting Groundwater

Daryl Buchholz
Department of Agronomy

Several key laws protect the quality of groundwater. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sees 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 Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Safe Drinking Water Act

The Clean Water Act

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act — RCRA

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act — CERCLA

Better known as the "SuperFund," this act cleans up existing hazardous waste sites that pose a threat to surface water or groundwater, or other sources.

Toxic Substances Control Act — TSCA

Indirectly protects groundwater by regulating handling and disposal practices.

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act — FIFRA

This act is enforced by the Department of Agriculture. It:

This publication was written by Karen DeFelice, former associate extension agronomist; Nyle Wollenhaupt, former state extension agronomist; and Daryl Buchholz, 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.

WQ22, reviewed October 1993

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