Rulemaking Actions

The Administrative Procedures Act, Iowa Code chapter 17A, requires all state agencies to promulgate rules for the operation of their programs. The rulemaking process increases agencies’ accountability to the public, allows public participation in the formulation of rules, and provides legislative oversight for program operations.

Below are the recent rulemaking activities that are being considered, have been proposed or are in the process of being adopted by the DNR for the chapters administered by the Solid Waste section and the Financial and Business Assistance section. Many of these proposals are a direct result of the comprehensive five year rule review required by 17A.7(2).

Current Rulemakings

Recession of 567 IAC Chapter 215 mercury-added switch recovery from end-of-life vehicles

This proposed rule making rescinds and reserves Chapter 215. the mercury-free recycling act, passed in 2006, required auto manufacturers to implement and fund a system to recover mercury switches from scrap vehicles before they were crushed or shredded for recycling. mercury switches were used in convenience lighting (hood and trunk lights) in vehicles as recently as 2002. The mercury-free recycling act included a sunset date of July 1, 2020, based on the expectation that the vast majority of vehicles containing the switches would be scrapped by then. the sunset deadline was not extended by the legislature. as such, the commission no longer has the authority to enforce this program. accordingly, the rules must be rescinded.

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the department no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 7, 2021. comments should be directed to:

Theresa Stiner
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
502 E
ast Ninth Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319