Hazardous Sites and Substances
The Site Assessment and Consultation Unit (SAC) staff who are responsible for updating information on these topics have been reassigned to the COVID-19 Response. Regular updates are currently on hold as COVID 19 tasks take priority.
The Site Assessment and Consultation (SAC) Unit contributes to MDH's mission by conducting public health activities related to contaminant releases.
- Evaluation and site specific information
- Contaminant or Chemical Specific Information and information related to Public Health, Contaminants, and the Environment
- Investigations of substances in the environment that help to increase understanding of the risks a substance may pose to health
- What can I do if I am worried about a chemical exposure?
- Upcoming and past seminars
- Safe Eating Guidelines
- Toxic Free Kids Act Information
- Information about the Choose Safe Places Minnesota Site Screening and Well Water Testing Programs
Public health activities related to contaminant releases include:
- Health evaluations of contaminant releases at sites containing hazardous substances. Assessment of: 1) contaminant levels in soil, sediments, water, and air; 2) contaminant transport and environmental fate; 3) contaminant toxicity; and 4) exposure pathways.
- Technical assistance to other governmental agencies and local government bodies on environmental health issues, to inform regulatory actions and decision-making that protects health.
- Health education activities for community members to ensure people who live near contaminated sites understand how to reduce/eliminate their exposure and protect their health.
- Community engagement to inform people of the environmental health evaluation results and recommendations through public comment opportunities, participation in community meetings, distributing electronic and print materials, and through media releases.
- Education and training of health care providers to build capacity in the health professional community for responding to concerns related to exposures to environmental contaminants.