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Rules planned for chemicals found in metro-area ground water

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Hastings, 55033

Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

State officials will develop new health regulations for three chemicals found in Twin Cities-area ground water under a bill the Minnesota House approved Monday.

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Health Department officials will determine risk levels for two chemicals once used in 3M manufacturing and recently detected in Washington and Dakota county wells. Another chemical will be studied.

"Communities and cities need resolution on what is safe," bill sponsor Rep. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, said. "People want answers soon."

The bill passed 121-12 with opponents arguing the legislation is unnecessary. Senators already approved the bill.

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