SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved legislation to prohibit the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) with strong bipartisan support. The bill will protect Minnesotans from the toxic chemical, which can increase risks for certain types of cancer and other serious health issues.
“We are on the verge of becoming the first state to ban TCE,” said Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL – Maplewood), a co-author of the bill. “The credit for this accomplishment belongs to the Minnesotans who fought to ban this toxic chemical after they were exposed to it. It was an honor to work on this legislation with the White Bear Area Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group and many others.”
The legislation prohibits the use of TCE after June 1, 2022. Facilities with air quality permits will need to replace the chemical with a safer, less toxic alternative by that date. The bill also provides $250,000 in interest-free loans to help small businesses reduce their TCE usage.
The Minnesota Senate passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support two weeks ago. Governor Walz is expected to sign it into law, making Minnesota the first state to ban TCE.