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.
- Evaluation and site specific information
- Contaminant or Chemical Specific Information and information related to Public Health, Contaminants, and the Environment
- Investigations of substances in the environment that help to increase understanding of the risks a substance may pose to health
- What can I do if I am worried about a chemical exposure?
- Upcoming and past seminars
- Safe Eating Guidelines
- Toxic Free Kids Act Information
- Information about the Choose Safe Places Minnesota Site Screening and Well Water Testing Programs
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.