Health Risk Limits Rules, 2016/2018 Amendments - Public Input: Health Risk Limit Rules for Groundwater - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Health Risk Limits Rules for Groundwater
2016/2018 Amendments - Public Input:
How to Comment

May 2018

A key to rulemaking is receiving input and feedback from interested persons on the proposed rule. This page tells you how to provide input.

Opportunities for Input

Public Hearing - March 19, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Health held a hearing on the proposed Health Risk Limits on March 19, 2018 in the Freeman Building at 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55164. Comments submitted at the hearing concerned perfluorochemicals.

The Administrative Law Judge ordered a comment period of 20 calendar days after the hearing. You have an opportunity to present your views in writing by uploading them to the eComments website hosted by the Office of Administrative Hearings. All evidence presented should relate to the proposed rules.

Following the comment period, there is a five-working-day rebuttal period when the agency and any interested person may respond in writing to any new information submitted. No one may submit new evidence during the five-day rebuttal period. The Office of Administrative Hearings must receive all comments and responses submitted to the Administrative Law Judge via the Office of Administrative Hearings Rulemaking eComments website no later than 4:30 p.m. on the due date.

All comments or responses received will be available for review on the Office of Administrative Hearings Rulemaking e-comments website cited above. This rule hearing procedure is governed by Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.2000 to 1400.2240, and Minnesota Statutes, sections 14.131 to 14.20. You may direct questions about the procedure to the Administrative Law Judge. The Administrative Law Judge now assigned to this hearing is Judge Case. Judge Barbara Case's Legal Assistant, Lisa Armstrong, can be reached at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 600 North Robert Street, P.O. Box 64620, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55164-0620, telephone (651) 361-7888, and fax (651) 539-0310.

For more information, please contact Nancy Rice at 651-201-4923 or

Dual Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules - 30 day comment period

MDH published a Dual Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules (PDF) for the Health Risk Limits (HRL) Rules Amendments in the Proposed Rules (PDF) section of the Minnesota State Register on January 22, 2018. MDH is considering amending the HRL Rules to include the new or updated guidance values for 22 contaminants. The Statement of Need and Reasonableness and Proposed Rules may be viewed from this website.

The Request for Comment period, opened on August 1, 2016, is now closed (see information below). The current 30-day comment period was open until 4:30 February 21, 2018, and has now closed.

Comments received and preliminary responses may currently be viewed on the Comments Received webpage.

For questions, please contact Nancy Rice at 651-201-4923 or

Public Meeting

MDH held a meeting about the Health Risk Limits proposed rules amendments on Thursday, September 15, 2016, in the Freeman Building at 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, Minnesota, Room B145.

During a brief presentation, MDH staff reviewed the history of Health Risk Limits rulemaking, briefly described how chemicals are nominated and selected for review, presented the guidance values that are likely to be proposed as rules, and explained how to comment on the proposed rules.

Following the presentation, participants had an opportunity to ask questions or provide comment. Participants expressed particular interest in topics related to implementing the guidance, especially when the values are very low.

A list of the contaminants with guidance values being considered for adoption into rule and materials from meeting can be obtained from the links below.

For questions about the meeting, please contact MDH at or call 651-201-4923.

Request for Comments

MDH published a Request for Comments on Possible Amendments to Rules Governing Health Risk Limits, Minnesota Rules, Parts 4717.7500 and 4717.7860 (PDF) in the Minnesota State Register on the possible Health Risk Limits (HRL) Rules amendments on August 1, 2016. This comment period closed on January 22, 2018.

More information about input opportunities will be posted on this page as the rulemaking process continues. MDH encourages comments or questions about the rulemaking process at any time.

Updated Monday, June 04, 2018 at 09:30AM