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On Feb. 20, 2018, the state of Minnesota settled its lawsuit against the 3M Company in return for a settlement of $850 million. Minnesota’s attorney general sued 3M in 2010 alleging that the company’s production of chemicals known as PFCs had damaged drinking water and natural resources in the southeast Twin Cities metro area. After legal and other expenses are paid, about $720 million will be invested in drinking water and natural resource projects in the Twin Cities east metropolitan region.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are co-trustees of these funds.

May 29 - 3M Settlement update

 Video courtesy of South Washington County Telecommunications Commission

Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan

The Drinking Water Supply Technical Subgroup will develop a Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan by the end of December 2019.  The plan will take into account both public water systems and private wells, using a region‐wide  approach. It will be completed with input from the main work groups and members of the general public, and will likely result in projects within each of the affected communities.

Criteria for screening, evaluating drinking water supply projects

The MPCA, DNR, Citizen–Business Group and Government and 3M Working Group have created a set of criteria that will be used to screen and evaluate proposed drinking water supply projects.

Applications for expedited projects closed

Applications, accepted through May 25, 2019,   were  open to everyone, including individuals, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and publ ic entities including state, tribes, counties, schools, and higher education institutions. Applications that were submitted are being reviewed for project eligibility criteria and will be discussed at all the work group meetings in June. 

Well sampling in the east metro area

Since 2003, the MPCA and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have sampled more than 2,700 private residential wells and 100 non-community public (i.e. small businesses, churches, schools) wells in the east metro area for perfluorochemicals (PFCs). Between now and the end of June 2019, the MPCA and MDH expect to sample approximately 1,100 more private wells.

If you live in the area that is a priority for testing, you can request that your private well water be tested. You can figure out if you live in the priority testing area using this interactive map. A field in the upper left corner allows you to enter your address. 

If you live in the priority sampling area, you can request to have your well tested by filling out and submitting this online form.

The MPCA and MDH are working through the list of sampling requests as we are able based on current resources. We are experiencing a high volume of requests at this time and will address requests as soon as we are able. You will be contacted based on your location compared to the current sampling area we are working through.

More information about the priority testing area is available on the Well sampling in the East Metro Area webpage.