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1 Chapter 567-11 Tax Certification of Pollution Control or Recycling Property

Chapter 11 clarifies the process and eligibility criteria for properties to obtain a pollution control or recycling certification from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This certification allows the owner to apply for a property tax exemption through their local county assessor’s office.  Consistent with Executive Order 10, Iowa Administrative Bulletin, Vol. XLV, No. 16 (Feb. 8, 2023), p. 2145, and Iowa Code section 17A.7(2)’s five-year rule review, Chapter 11 was edited for length and clarity.

Status: The Notice of Intended Action (NOIA) will be presented at the November Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) meeting for approval

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2 Chapter 567-14 Environmental Covenants

This proposed rulemaking will rescind and reserve Chapter 14. The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act found in Iowa Code chapter 455I is self-enacting. Therefore, rules are not necessary, nor expressly authorized.  Rescinding this chapter will not impact the Department of Natural Resources’ (Department) ability to enter into effective environmental covenants with interested landowners. 

Status: The Notice of Intended Action (NOIA) will be presented at the October Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) meeting for approval

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Land Quality Bureau Rulemaking

General Information - Executive Order 10

Executive Order 10 (EO10) signed by the Governor on January 10, 2023, requires all state agencies to identify which administrative rule chapters will be retained or rescinded. The EO10 process includes the review of existing rule chapters, the reauthorization of rule chapters that will be retained, and public engagement with the opportunity for meaningful input throughout the process. Opportunities for public input and information for public review during the Land Quality Bureau's (LQB’s) implementation of EO10 will be posted on this webpage as they become available.

EO10 - Governor's Office


EO10 - Natural Resources

LQB Rulemaking Schedule and News

The LQB currently manages many rule chapters, of which the majority are in 567 (Environmental Protection Commission) of the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC). For ease of review, the Bureau’s chapters will be placed into groups by topic. Each group and its corresponding chapters will be listed below as they become available. To view the proposed rule documents and EO10 materials or submit questions / comments, please use the links below.

LQB Rulemaking Schedule

The deadline for completion of the rule review process is December 31, 2025. LQB staff are in the process of developing a timeline to meet this deadline. Please check back for schedule updates.

Updates

Meeting invitations and materials will be posted on this webpage and announced through electronic updates. Please use the links below to sign up for one or more of the electronic updates. Additional links to updates will be added as they become available.

Solid Waste and Financial & Business Assistance

The Solid Waste and Financial & Business Assistance (FABA) sections developed a framework of recommended revisions and a proposed structure that was opened for comment and discussed with stakeholders in the fall of 2023. Following this framework, available chapters that are proposed to rescind/replace or rescind/consolidate/replace are listed below.

Overall Documents:

Proposed Rule Documents 

  • Financial & Business Assistance (FABA) Section
    • Proposed replacement for Chapters 567-101 / 567-111 Solid Waste Comprehensive Planning Requirements/Annual Reports for Solid Waste Environmental Management Systems (Finalized draft for formal rulemaking)
    • Proposed replacement for Chapters 567-123/211 Regional Collection Centers and Mobile Unit Collection and Consolidation Centers/Financial Assistance for the Collection of Household Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (Finalized draft for formal rulemaking)
  • Solid Waste Section

Contacts: 

  • Please use EO10_SolidWaste@dnr.iowa.gov to submit comments and questions regarding FABA and solid waste related rule chapters.
  • Solid Waste: Michael Sullivan, Chad Stobbe, Theresa Stiner and Brian Rath
  • FABA: Laurie Rasmus and Jennifer Wright

Solid Waste News

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Floodplain and Dam Safety

Chapters 70-76 govern floodplain development and dam safety in Iowa.  Chapter 70 outlines definitions and permitting procedures, updates include landowner notifications, floodway determination, floodway development reviews and several new definitions.  Chapter 71 governs when permits are required and has been reformatted and streamlined.  Chapter 72 provides permitting criteria and includes minor cleanup.  Chapter 73 regulates dams in Iowa and is generally unmodified as it was complete updated in 2020.  It is proposed to rescind Chapter 75 that governed general floodplain establishment and floodplain management orders that is generally superseded in currently with FEMA mapping standards.  Applicable sections of Chapter 75 that are still relevant are moved into other chapters.   Chapter 76 is also proposed to be rescinded as it is no longer relevant. 

Rule Documents - Current rules, proposed changes, and clean versions of proposed changes:

Contact for Comments: 
Jonathan Garton
floodplain-help@dnr.iowa.gov

Proposed Rules: The following chapters are currently in the rulemaking process:

Oil, Gas, and Metallic Minerals

During the last legislative session, Iowa Code Chapter 458A was updated to include the regulation of naturally occurring, non-petroleum/hydrocarbon gases. As a result, the current Iowa Administrative Code 561 Chapter 17 must be updated to reflect the changes to Iowa Code. Further, we have been directed to complete this update this calendar year as part of the Executive Order 10 (EO 10), signed by the Governor on January 10, 2023.

Overall Documents:

Proposed Rule Document:

Contacts: 

  • Please use EO10_SolidWaste@dnr.iowa.gov to submit comments and questions regarding FABA and solid waste related rule chapters.
  • Amie Davidson, Michael Sullivan, Matt Graesch, Sharon Wegener, Theresa Stiner, and Brian Rath