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Contaminant Reduction through Safer Production Chemistry - Minnesota's Initiative

Presented by Alister Innes - Green Chemistry Coordinator at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

October 13, 2016

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Working with many partners, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has promoted Green and Safer Product Chemistry since 2010. Efforts have included conferences and workshops, grants to businesses, legislative initiatives, prevention and reduction projects, grants to science and engineering faculty, collaboration with other states and organizations, and increasing oversight of Minnesota product regulations. Some of these efforts have focused on bisphenol A, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, orthophthalates, brominated flame retardants, lead, mercury, formaldehyde, and nonylphenol ethoxylates present in various products. MPCA continues to scan the results of environmental and human monitoring programs along with data on chemical and products reported by companies to focus this work. New sources of information are needed in order to assess how effective Minnesota's investment has been.

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