Though Clean Water Action has been encouraged by bipartisan efforts to pass coronavirus relief and a law banning certain trichloroethylene (TCE) uses, there are many other public health priorities that were left unfinished by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2019-2020 session. In particular, several strong bills were introduced to reduce public exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lead.
Both these substances have been linked to a litany of adverse health effects. We now understand lead exposure all too well, which includes negative impacts on childhood development, the nervous system, and brain function. Over the past few years, we’ve learned that PFAS chemicals similarly can affect several parts of the body at once, and potential health concerns range from high cholesterol to cancer. Both substances have been linked to reducing the effectiveness of the immune system.
Properly addressing these substances is not just a long term public health goal, but will affect the health of Minnesotans right now.
Send a message to your lawmakers and encourage them to protect Minnesotan families by supporting passage of bills to address public exposure to these dangerous substances.