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The MPCA has begun work to implement Amara’s Law, Minnesota’s new law that bans nonessential use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The law allows for active participation by residents, community organizations, and industry sectors to ensure the reporting requirements, bans, and a wavier for currently unavoidable use are protective of Minnesotans' health and environment while providing businesses with clarity and certainty for products.

We are reviewing language in the law to identify key timelines, policy decisions, and implementation steps. The agency will update this page to provide additional information regarding these issues, public feedback opportunities and tentative schedule(s), including rulemaking and an approach to build out the waiver process.

Another new Minnesota law assigns the state’s Department of Agriculture (MDA) to implement a similar program specific to PFAS intentionally added to pesticides, fertilizers, soil amendments, plant amendments, agricultural liming materials, or similar materials. Visit the MDA web site for more information and who to contact about PFAS in agricultural products.

Background

The law prohibits the sale or distribution of some products with intentionally added PFAS within Minnesota. It includes 11 categories:

  • Carpets or rugs
  • Cleaning products
  • Cookware
  • Cosmetics
  • Dental floss
  • Fabric treatments
  • Juvenile products
  • Menstruation products
  • Textile furnishings
  • Ski wax
  • Upholstered furniture

The Legislature did not allow for MPCA to make any waivers to these 11 product categories.

Timeline

January 1, 2025: Beginning this date, it will be illegal to sell or distribute some products with intentionally added PFAS within Minnesota.

January 1, 2025-January 1, 2032: The MPCA may conduct rulemaking to prohibit intentionally added PFAS in additional product categories. We will also evaluate "currently unavoidable uses," which will be exempted from the 2032 ban.

January 1, 2026: Product manufacturers must provide the MPCA with a list of products with intentionally added PFAS. It will be illegal to sell or distribute products containing intentionally added PFAS that have not reported.

January 1, 2032: Minnesota’s full ban on intentionally added PFAS in products goes into effect.

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