MN 39B

MN 39B includes Bayport, Bayport Township, Grant, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Oak Park Heights, West Lakeland Township, and the southeast portion of Stillwater.

elected officials’ votes on TCE

Trichloroethylene (TCE)is used as an industrial solvent used in approximately 80 facilities across the state. It is a known human carcinogen and developmental toxin. The human health concerns of TCE were brought to the forefront in spring of 2019 when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency discovered a White Bear Lake company had been releasing TCE into the air at unsafe levels since 2009.

During the 2019 legislative session both the Minnesota House and Senate voted on bills related to banning TCE.

IN THE HOUSE

On April 1, 2019 the House of Representatives voted on a bill which would have banned the use TCE for most industrial uses in Minnesota beginning January 1, 2020. The bill was approved by a 120 to 7 vote.

Rep. Michelle Christensen voted to ban toxic TCE. [2]

Representative Christensen

Representative Christensen

IN THE SENATE

The State Senate did pass a similar TCE phase out bill. However, a TCE phase out was not included in the final environment omnibus bill.

On May 24, 2019 an amendment was offered to the senate’s final 2019 Environment Omnibus Bill to phase out TCE for most industrial uses in Minnesota. The amendment failed 30 to 36.

Senator Karin Housely voted against banning toxic TCE. [2]

An amendment was offered to the senate’s final 2019 Environment Omnibus Bill to phase out Trichloroethylene (TCE) for most industrial uses in Minnesota.

[1] The amendment vote to bill S.F. 7, can be found here:

Senator Housely

Senator Housely

WHAT HAPPENED

Ultimately a ban on TCE was not passed during the legislative session.

[1] The bill, H.F. 2276, can be found here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/journals/2019-20/J0401030.htm#1778

[2] The amendment vote to bill S.F. 7, can be found here (page 19 and 20 see “Wiger Amendment”): https://www.senate.mn/journals//2019-2020/2019052401_ss1.pdf