Update 5/5/23: On May 4th the omnibus environment, natural resources, climate, and energy finance and policy conference committee passed the PFAS language to be included in the final bill that will go to Governor Walz to be signed into law. This means that we are one step further to Minnesota being a national leader regarding PFAS pollution prevention!
This legislation includes the non-essential use ban on products containing PFAS, the prohibition of PFAS in fire fighting foam, and a requirement that all items being sold in Minnesota with PFAS are disclosed to the MPCA. This language doesn’t just protect our water, it also protects workers, businesses, and families.
This is a historic accomplishment and we are so proud to have achieved this goal of phasing PFAS out in Minnesota. Thank you for all you did to contact legislators!
Please take a moment to thank Governor Walz and Senate leadership for supporting this important legislation by sending them a message below. It’s important that they hear from you!
PFAS chemicals are a class of chemicals most in need of immediate policy action due to their wide-spread use in products, prevalence in breast milk and people’s bodies, and persistence in the environment. Known as “forever chemicals” due to their inability to break down, PFAS also persists in the waste stream, contaminating our soil, air, and water.
We need to stop PFAS pollution at the source.
Clean Water Action's 2023 PFAS prevention priorities for this legislative session include bills that would:
- Require companies to disclose how they are using PFAS chemicals
- Ban unnecessary and dangerous PFAS use in everyday products
- Expand the prohibition on PFAS in firefighting foam
Factsheet: MN 2023 PFAS Prevention
By passing this legislation we can reduce exposure in our homes while also preventing these toxic chemicals from ending up in our soil, air and water.
Clean Water Action is talking to lawmakers in Saint Paul now but we need your support to make sure these bills are prioritized. Join us and ask your Minnesota State Senator and Representative to support this common sense legislation - together we can win strong protections for Minnesota waters, environment, and communities. Write to your lawmakers today. ↓