SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Today, Governor Walz signed into law legislation that prohibits the use of trichloroethylene (TCE). Minnesota is the first state in the nation to ban this toxic chemical, which can increase risks for certain types of cancer and other serious health issues.
“The credit for this accomplishment belongs to the dedicated Minnesotans who fought to ban TCE, many of whom were exposed to the toxic chemical in their own communities,” said Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL – White Bear Township), the author of the bill. “It was an honor to work with the White Bear Area Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group and many others to protect the health of Minnesotans.”
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.