Environmental Health Division Minnesota Department of Health
Ginny Yingling is a senior hydrogeologist in the Environmental Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Health. She works with a team of Health Risk Assessors to evaluate human exposures to harmful chemicals in drinking water related to man-made contaminated sites. Since 2003, she has been the agency’s lead investigator of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS). Ginny holds a bachelor of science degree from Penn State, and a master of science degree from the University of Wyoming, both in geology. She has over 25 years of experience working on contaminated sites - first as an environmental consultant, then at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and at the Department of Health since 2000. She also worked in the non-profit sector for five years, first as the state director of the Clean Water Action Alliance and then for the Northstar Chapter of the Sierra Club. Ginny is also the co-chair of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s PFAS Team, a group of over 500 environmental professionals drawn from state and federal agencies, academia, industry, consulting, and public interest groups. The team has developed a series of seven factsheets on PFAS, conducts PFAS training events, is developing a PFAS risk communication toolkit, and is preparing a detailed report on the current state of knowledge regarding PFAS.
Panel Discussion: Site-Specific PFAS Risk Assessments: Research Gaps and State of the Practice