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 PFAS had damaged drinking water and natural resources in the Twin Cities Metropolitan 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.
Work group meetings
Meeting materials and details are posted on the work group pages:
The MPCA and the DNR are listening to feedback on the draft recommended long-term drinking water supply options for the East Metropolitan Area. The options account for every home, neighborhood, and community in the 150 square miles affected by PFAS contamination in the East Metropolitan Area to ensure all recommendations are safe and sustainable now and into the future.
Sign up to receive email updates on this work, along with more information on how to participate in meetings and provide input.
For details on the recommended options, visit the Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan webpage.
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.
More information about the priority testing area is available on the Well sampling in the East Metro Area webpage.
Our groundwater connection
Video courtesy of Washington County