By Nikki Kvietkus
Minnesota’s Chemicals of High Concern list was first published in 2010 and reviewed and updated by the Toxic Free Kids (TFK) program in 2013. The 2013 update added 32 chemicals and removed 57 chemicals that had been present on the 2010 list. Further review is required for 260 chemicals. The list has changed from 1,756 chemicals to 1,731 chemicals.
The purpose of this list is to identify chemicals which may harm human health or the environment and are suspected carcinogens, reproductive or developmental toxicants, or persistent, bioaccumulative, and/or toxic. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) relies on the Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessment Program criteria created by the EPA for information on chemical toxicity. The DfE program replaces the Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP), which the MDH previously used.
Priority Chemicals meet the criteria for the Chemicals of High Concern list and are also High Production Volume chemicals. The Priority Chemical list was not changed, but two substances were flagged for review. The first is a single chemical, Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP). The second is the chemical group Nonylphenols, which included its ethoxylates.
Additional information on the changes to the list as well as a complete list of chemicals can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.
Minnesota Amends Its List of Chemicals of High Concern:
Minnesota Chemicals of High Concern List, July 1, 2013: