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PFC update to be presented

Members of the "Health and Human Services Policy Committee Working Group: East Metro PFC Oversight" will be updated on east metro water issues from the Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Aug. 14.

The meeting will start at 11 a.m. and last approximately two hours at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Vallley Creek Road, in the council chambers.

At this meeting of the oversight group, state legislators -- Rep. Julie Bunn, chair, Rep. Karla Bigham, Rep. Denny McNamara, Rep. Nora Slawik, and Rep. Marsha Swails -- will hear work plan updates from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Pollution Control Agency.

The updates concern the major pieces of legislation passed in 2007 and 2008, and other efforts to understand and respond to PFC pollution.

Included in this will be an update on plans to proceed with remediation of the Washington County Closed Landfill in Lake Elmo, the source of PFC pollution in both Lake Elmo and northern Woodbury.

The group will also receive an update from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regarding the consent agreement with 3M Corporation for clean-up and remediation of the east metro pollution.

Among the topics covered will be a presentation on the final results on Phase II of the Point-of-Use Water Filter Study.

Legislators will be receiving status reports on these efforts -- well, lake and fish testing, plans for remediation, and any new research results on the health effects of the chemicals -- with an eye to whether additional legislative action might be required.

State Sen. Kathy Saltzman and other area legislators are also expected to be on hand.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity for members of the community to submit questions they would like the committee or testifiers to address.