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

March 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 will hold a hearing on the proposed Health Risk Limits on March 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Freeman Building at 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55164. Comments received to date relate to perfluorochemicals and 2,4-D.

You have an opportunity to participate in the hearing. You may present your views either orally at the hearing or in writing at any time before the hearing record closes. A phone will be available for call-in testimony. The eComments website for submitting comments in writing during or after the hearing is hosted by the Office of Administrative Hearings. Comments received to date may currently be viewed on the Comments Received page.

All evidence presented should relate to the proposed rules. You may also submit written material to the Administrative Law Judge to be recorded in the hearing record for five working days after the public hearing ends. At the hearing the Administrative Law Judge may order that this five-day comment period is extended for a longer period but not more than 20 calendar days.

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 about the hearing, please contact Nancy Rice at 651-201-4923 or

Directions to the Minnesota Department of Health location at
Freeman Building

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.

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. You may still comment on the rules under the Dual Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules until 4:30 pm on February 21, 2018 (see above).

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 Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at 11:27AM