Good public health policy involves addressing many different factors, which is why our leaders need to step up and work to reduce public exposure to harmful contaminants like PFAS and lead. Over the last several years, strong and protective policies that respectively address PFAS and lead have moved through the legislature, but ultimately these policies were not passed.
While it is understandable that elected officials had to switch priorities as the COVID-19 pandemic raged through the country, it is nonetheless critical that the Minnesota Legislature completes the unfinished business of the 2019-2020 legislative session. Addressing PFAS and lead isn’t just a long-term public health goal, but also important right now - both of these substances have been linked to decreasing the efficacy of the immune system, which we all need so critically during a pandemic.
Tell your elected officials to complete their unfinished business and pass strong laws to protect our health!