MN 56A  

MN 56A includes includes Savage and a small portion of Burnsville.

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. Hunter Cantrell voted for the bill to ban toxic TCE. [1]

Rep. Cantrell

Rep. Cantrell

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 Dan Hall voted against the amendment to ban toxic TCE. [2]

Senator Hall

Senator Hall

 

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