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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 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.

Final Drinking Water Supply Plan

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources, Co-Trustees of the Settlement, have released plans to spend $700 million on drinking water projects for 14 impacted communities in the East Metropolitan Area.

Working in partnership with work group members, along with input from citizens, stakeholders, and technical experts from each of the affected communities, the comprehensive set of projects 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 provide safe and sustainable drinking water now and into the future.

See the Final Drinking Water Supply Plan webpage for an overview of the plan and community projects.

See the full plan for more detailed information.

Recording of the 3M public meeting (Sept. 2021)

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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.

Our groundwater connection

Video courtesy of Washington County