MN 39B

Minnesota house district 39B includes several communities along the St. Croix River as well as Lake Elmo, Baytown, Bayport, West Lakeland and parts of Stillwater.

REP. MICHELLE Christensen

Voted to ban toxic TCE. [1]

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

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.

Ultimately a TCE ban was not passed during the 2019 legislative session. The senate passed a different TCE phase out bill, however a TCE phase out was not include in the final environment omnibus bill.

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

Representative Christensen

Representative Christensen