EWG Applauds Introduction of Minnesota State Water Well Testing Bill H.F. 3950

Contact: 
(612) 435-8280
For Immediate Release: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – After issuing back-to-back reports highlighting the increasing threat of nitrate pollution from agriculture poses to Minnesotans’ sourcing of drinking water from private wells, the Midwest office of the Environmental Working Group today released a letter in support of Minnesota House File 3950. H.F. 3950 requires water testing of private wells for bacteria, nitrate and arsenic before the sale or transfer of real property.

“All Minnesotans deserve equal protection of their drinking water, and equal protection begins with adequate information," said EWG Midwest Director Jamie Konopacky. "By requiring additional private well testing, H.F. 3950 represents a great step forward in better protecting drinking water for the 20 percent of Minnesotans who rely on private wells."

###

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Through research, advocacy and unique education tools, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action.