- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
- Harm the normal development of a fetus or child or cause other developmental toxicity;
- Cause cancer, genetic damage or reproductive harm;
- Disrupt the endocrine or hormone system;
- Damage the nervous system, immune system, or organs, or cause other systemic toxicity;
- Be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic; or
- Be very persistent and very bioaccumulative.
According to the MDH, it considered only hazard, not risk, in creating the list. The department reviewed animal studies and human data, “when available, that provide information about the potential of the chemical to cause a health effect, without considering how people could be exposed to the chemical.” Under the Toxic Free Kids Act, in preparing the list of priority chemicals, the MDH will consider information about chemicals found in the home environment, drinking water, indoor air, or the natural environment, or consider information that shows the chemical has been already found in humans. The MDH said, “Therefore, while the Chemicals of High Concern list contains chemicals that could possibly be harmful under certain circumstances, the Priority Chemicals list will better reflect the potential contact with chemicals that the general public might experience and might be more useful in identifying potentially hazardous chemicals.”
Under the Toxic Free Kids Act, the MDH must compile the list of priority chemicals by February 2011, based on the list of chemicals of high concern. The department will use the chemicals of high concern for selection of the priority chemicals. Because the Toxic Free Kids Act restricts priority chemicals to chemicals designated high production volume by the EPA, only 413 chemicals on the list of chemicals of high concern are eligible for the priority chemicals list. The MDH said, “[w]hile in Minnesota, there are no requirements for MDH beyond publishing the two chemical lists, in other states these types of lists will be used in creating requirements for manufacturers to report which products contain Priority Chemicals.”
The MDH considers the current list of chemicals of high concern to be a “work in progress, with future revision of the list likely.” The Toxic Free Kids Act requires MDH to review and revise the list of chemicals of high concern at least every three years. MDH notes that “[t]ime and resource availability will be factors in determining if the list will be revised more frequently.