Environmental Regulations

Environmental Regulations

2014 Accomplishments
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  • Shortened environmental permitting timeline. Permits that do not require public comment must be completed by state agencies within 90 days and those that require public comment must be completed within 150 days.
  • Prevented passage of new environmental mandate, Toxic Free Kids Act, which would have required manufacturers to identify the presence of any of nine chemicals in products marketed to children under 12; most of these chemicals and products already are regulated by federal agencies.

Setbacks
Chemical ban.

  • Triclosan, an anti-bacterial soap present in many products, is banned from any retail product sold in Minnesota beginning in 2017. It still can be used in industrial settings such as restaurants and hospitals.

Recycling mandate.

  • Starting in 2016, Twin Cities businesses that generate more than four cubic yards (two dumpsters) of waste per week are mandated to recycle three of four materials including, but not limited to, paper, glass, plastic and metal.

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