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.
March work group meetings - canceled
Using the COVID-19 guidance developed by the Minnesota Department of Health, the MPCA and the DNR, Co-Trustees, are canceling the 3M Settlement work group meetings that were scheduled for March 17 and 18. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.
Informational and listening sessions
The top priority from the 3M Settlement for PFAS contamination in the East Metropolitan Area is to improve the quality and quantity of drinking water. The MPCA and DNR hosted several meetings to share drinking water supply options for those living and working in the area. A recording from the February 27 session is courtesy of the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission.
The materials and presentation from the sessions are below:
The list of long-term drinking water supply options and recommendations are part of the Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan; a key component to ensuring that drinking water needs and options for the East Metropolitan Area are appropriately and thoroughly considered. The plan will take into account both public water systems and private wells, using a region-wide approach.
Well sampling in the east metro area
If you live in the area that is a priority for testing, you can request that your private well water be tested.
- To see if you live in the priority sampling area, use the interactive map.
- If you live in the priority sampling area, you can request to have your well tested by filling out and submitting this online form.