Hazardous Sites and Substances

The Site Assessment and Consultation (SAC) Unit contributes to MDH's mission by conducting public health activities related to contaminant releases.

Topic Areas:

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    Contaminant or Chemical Specific Information and information related to Public Health, Contaminants, and the Environment

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.¬†


Updated Monday, October 27, 2014 at 04:02PM