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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 Minn. Pollution Control Agency and Minn. Department of Natural Resources are co-trustees of these funds.

Agendas for December meetings of Citizen–Business Group and Government and 3M Work Group

The agendas for both of these groups' meetings are very similar. Each group will spend additional time  discussing the individual tasks associated with creating a drinking water supply plan by the end of calendar year 2019.

Both groups will also spend time discussing evaluation criteria for "expedited" projects. An example of an expedited project might be laying municipal drinking water supply lines during a road reconstruction project, even if the area the supply lines would serve is not ready to be connected to them.

Both meetings will be held in the Training Room of the Cottage Grove City Hall, located at 12800 Ravine Parkway South. All 3M Settlement meetings are open to the public and time is reserved at each to answers questions from the public.

If you have questions, please email them to pfcinfo.pca@state.mn.us.

First meeting of the Drinking Water Supply Technical subgroup

The first meeting of this subgroup will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The agenda for this meeting is posted below. Additional information about this subgroup can be found on the Drinking Water Supply subgroup webpage.

This meeting will follow the Government and 3M Working Group meeting, and will also be held in the Training Room of the Cottage Grove City Hall, located at 12800 Ravine Parkway South.

Criteria for screening, evaluating drinking water supply projects

The Citizen–Business Group and Government and 3M Working Group have been working on a set of criteria that will be used to screen and evaluate proposed drinking water supply projects. Those criteria are in the file below.

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.

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