The Minnesota Chemical Regulation and Policy Project was a cross-sector stakeholder dialogue involving public and private sector leaders convened to recommend improvements to Minnesota’s approach to chemical regulation, management and policy.
Over the course of 2010-2012, Environmental Initiative convened a diverse Work Group to identify issues and opportunities relevant to state chemicals policy and develop recommendations to improve Minnesota’s approach to regulating and managing chemicals. The Work Group recognized a need for clarification of the state's role in reducing public exposure to harmful chemical substances as well as the need to reform the federal chemical regulatory scheme and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act. In exploring ways to improve state chemicals policy the Work Group focused its discussions on three main issue areas:
1) Research Project to Evaluate Alternative Risk Assessment Methodologies
2) Improved Use of Science in Chemical Management Decision-Making
3) Promotion of Innovation and Economic Development through Green Chemistry
Although there was agreement within the group that each of these areas warranted investigation, the Work Group was not able to fully agree on a set of proposed recommendations to improve state chemicals policy. The project provided a valuable forum to refine chemical regulation and policy issues, openly exchange ideas, build common understanding, and explore opportunities for shared success through cross-sector dialogue. The Phase II Final Report documents and describes recommendation proposals developed by the Work Group, including perceived benefits, risks and levels of support amongst participants for each of the proposals discussed. The efforts of the Work Group will inform ongoing discourse around chemical management and policy in Minnesota and elsewhere.