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Rules planned for chemicals found in metro-area ground water

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.

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.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.