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.
Next meeting of Citizen–Business Group on Aug. 21, Government and 3M Work Group to meet Aug. 22
The next meeting of the 3M Settlement Citizen–Business Group will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Government and 3M Work Group will meet the following morning, Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Both meetings will be held at the Cottage Grove City Hall, located at 12800 Ravine Parkway South, in the Training Room.
The agendas for meetings of both groups will be the same.
A reminder that meetings of all 3M Settlement work groups are open to the public, and time will be reserved at the end of each meeting for questions from attendees.
Well sampling in the east metro area
Since 2003, the MPCA and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have sampled more than 2,200 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.
How settlement money will be used
The court-approved agreement settling the lawsuit specifies how the grant from 3M can be spent by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural resources (DNR). It sets two top priorities for funding and provides guidelines for using any remaining money after those two issues are adequately addressed. It also directs the MPCA and DNR to set up a working group to guide use of the funds.
Read about priorities for this use of this money on the About this settlement webpage.