The Chemicals of High Concern list was first published in 2010. MDH is required to review and revise the list at least every three years. If you wish to view the original 2010 or updated Chemicals of High Concern please contact MDH with your request. MDH contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.
The revised 2016 Chemicals of High Concern list can be downloaded from the links below. A report concerning the revision and review process of the list can be found on the Reports page or from the supporting information section below. Choose the format that best suits your purposes.
Toxic Free Kids Act
Under Minn. Stat. 2010 116.9403, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in consultation with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), may designate aChemical of High Concern as a Priority Chemical if the chemical:
(1) has been identified as a high-production volume chemical by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; and
(2) meets any of the following criteria:
(i) the chemical has been found through biomonitoring to be present in human blood, including umbilical cord blood, breast milk, urine, or other bodily tissues or fluids;
(ii) the chemical has been found through sampling and analysis to be present in household dust, indoor air, drinking water, or elsewhere in the home environment; or
(iii) the chemical has been found through monitoring to be present in fish, wildlife, or the natural environment.
The list of Priority Chemicals must be published by February 1, 2011 in the State Register and on the MDH website. Per the statute, MDH shall update the list whenever a new priority chemical is designated.
There are also a number of eligibility exclusions that MDH must follow when designating a priority chemical (see Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes, 2010 Minnesota Statutes, 116.9405).