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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.

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Keeping our drinking water safe

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.

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