2023 session outcomes: Environmental regulations
Environmental regulations: Lawmakers passed several policies that impacted environmental regulation this session.
PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances): Minnesota laws now go further than any other state in the nation by working toward a complete PFAS ban by 2032. PFAS are found in hundreds of household products in varying levels, including along supply chains for manufacturers and other businesses. 11 products are banned by 2025, including textiles for homes; drapery and floor coverings and furnishings, bedding, towels, tablecloths, ski wax, cosmetics, dental floss and menstrual products. A reporting requirement for all businesses starts in 2026. Although medical devices are exempted, they must register and pay.
Odor/air toxics rules: Businesses are subject to new rules regarding odor management, since legislative session. They could be required to submit odor management plans in the seven-county metro, to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency if the PCA receives 10 calls from citizens within 48 hours, and the odor is “hurting the enjoyment of life.” The state added five new reporting criteria to obtain an air permit and expiring permits face additional public meeting requirements. These rules are already in effect.
Water permit fines: The Department of Natural Resources increased fee and fine increases on water appropriation permits.
WATCH: 2023 Statewide Policy Tour discussion on environmental regulations
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