3M Settles Groundwater Lawsuit for $850 Million

The Star Tribune reports 3M Co. has agreed to give Minnesota $850 million to resolve the largest environmental lawsuit in state history following the decades-long contamination of groundwater in the east metro area of St. Paul.

Attorney General Lori Swanson said on February 20 the money will be used to clean up contaminated water in the communities that were affected by the perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) used in consumer products like Teflon and Scotchgard that were dumped for years at four sites in Washington County, according to the article. The agreement provides money for improved drinking water infrastructure, sustainability, and natural resource projects.

3M officials also said that the settlement allows them to address contamination in the area of the metro where many of its employees live and where it’s operated for years.

NGWA published a guidance document to identify the known science and knowledge related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). A download of the comprehensive document is available for free to all Association members, while a printed version is available for purchase through the NGWA online bookstore​.

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