Reporting Concerns: How do I report my concern with a chemical exposure?
Concerns can be discussed with staff in the Site Assessment and Consultation Unit (SAC). Environmental health scientists in SAC are available to review and discuss health concerns related to exposure to environmental contaminants. See our Contact Us page for more information.
You may submit a letter (petition) to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) requesting a public health assessment to evaluate your community’s exposure to environmental contaminants related to sites where large amounts of hazardous chemical were spilled or improperly disposed. The petition which you submit to ATSDR can simply be a letter stating the concerns you have with an exposure.(See the Example Document Letter (Microsoft Word, 25 KB/1 page) or Example Fill-in Letter (Microsoft Word, 25 KB/1 page))
ATSDR Petition Coordinator,
4770 Buford Hwy, NE (F-59)
Atlanta, GA 30341
If you are a member or representative of a Native Tribe, write to:
NCEH/ATSDR Tribal Coordinator
4770 Buford Highway NE, (MS F-59),
Atlanta, GA 30341
In the written request for assistance, be sure to include the following information:
- your name, address and phone number
- name of the group you represent, if any
- the name, location and description of the facility or chemical release
- as much information that you know about how you or others contacted the chemical
- request for ATSDR to perform a public heath assessment activity
When ATSDR receives a petition, a team of environmental scientists, physicians, toxicologists, and other staff members is formed to gather and evaluate the available information about the site. The team decides whether ATSDR will be able to perform a public health assessment activity to address your concern. All petition requests are acknowledge in writing and will include the basis of the decision.
For more information about the Petition process, see the ATSDR Public Health Assessment Petitions.
The role of MDH in sites where there are contaminant releases is primarily advisory, not regulatory.
Because SAC does not have the ability to regulate in issues related to the environment, SAC cannot take direct action to stop an exposure. SAC can provide guidance about how to evaluate exposures to chemicals and help find resources for controlling and mitigating exposures. For complaints or enforcement related to environmental contaminations, please contact the appropriate agency. These include: the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and local governmental offices.