Hazardous Sites and Substances: Site Assessment and Consultation Unit - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Hazardous Sites and Substances

The Site Assessment and Consultation (SAC) Unit contributes to MDH's mission by conducting public health activities related to contaminant releases.

  • Topics

  • Contaminant or Chemical Specific Information and information related to Public Health, Contaminants, and the Environment

Public health activities related to contaminant releases include:

  • Health evaluations of contaminant releases at sites containing hazardous substances. Assessment of: 1) contaminant levels in soil, sediments, water, and air; 2) contaminant transport and environmental fate; 3) contaminant toxicity; and 4) exposure pathways.
  • Technical assistance to other governmental agencies and local government bodies on environmental health issues, to inform regulatory actions and decision-making that protects health.
  • Health education activities for community members to ensure people who live near contaminated sites understand how to reduce/eliminate their exposure and protect their health.
  • Community engagement to inform people of the environmental health evaluation results and recommendations through public comment opportunities, participation in community meetings, distributing electronic and print materials, and through media releases.
  • Education and training of health care providers to build capacity in the health professional community for responding to concerns related to exposures to environmental contaminants.

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Updated Monday, 29-Aug-2022 14:47:30 CDT