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Minnesota set to ban toxic chemical TCE

Once the ink dries on Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s signature, the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) for manufacturing in the state of Minnesota will be all but over...beginning in June of 2022 that is. If the bill is signed into law, Minnesota will become the first state to ban the toxin.

TCE first made waves in the land of 10,000 lakes not too long ago when it was found that “a manufacturing plant released elevated levels of the cancer-causing chemical for more than 15 years.” The findings led to a lawsuit and settlement totaling $7 million dollars in fines and “corrective action”. Fines and corrective actions weren’t enough though, not for the families impacted. Their desire from the beginning was to have the use of the toxin banned outright, and they’re almost there.

TCE has been linked to numerous health issues, including elevated cancer risks. Now with the ban of the chemical receiving bipartisan support, and awaiting the governor’s signature, Minnesotans will soon be able to breathe a little easier.

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