Health Risk Limits Rules for Groundwater
2016/2017 Amendments - Public Input: How to Comment
A key to rulemaking is MDH's receiving input and feedback from interested persons on the proposed rule. This page tells you how to provide input.
Opportunities for Input
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.
Materials from the public meeting, held September 15, 2016:
- Agenda (PDF)
- 2016/2017 Health Risk Limits Rules Amendments presentation (PDF)
For questions about the meeting, please contact MDH at email@example.com 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. MDH is considering amending the HRL Rules to include the current guidance values for eight contaminants. Additional chemicals might be added to the list if water guidance is developed in time to be included in the proposed HRL rule amendments. These additions will be announced through our subscription email service (see "Get Email Updates" above).
MDH welcomes comments or questions on any of the health-based water guidance values for these contaminants. MDH also is interested in new data to consider for any of the contaminants. The comment period will be open until MDH publishes a Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules, which we anticipate will be during the summer or fall of 2017.
Written or oral comments, questions, or requests to receive a draft of the proposed rules when available should be directed to:
Minnesota Department of Health
625 Robert Street North
P.O. Box 64975
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0975
Phone: (651) 201-4923
Fax: (651) 201-4606
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.