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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.

Public meetings

Two 3M Settlement meetings are scheduled in October. Both meeting will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 22 — Oak-Land Middle School, 820 Manning Ave. North, Lake Elmo
  • Thursday, October 24 — Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury

At this meeting, representatives from the Minn. Pollution Control Agency and Minn. Department of Natural Resources will discuss ongoing efforts to provide safe drinking water to area residents whose private wells have been contaminated with PFAS. They will also discuss a range of projects being considered as long-term solutions for south Washington County drinking water issues. Representatives from the Minn. Department of Health will also be on hand to answer questions.

If you have questions about these meetings, please email pfcinfo@state.mn.us.

Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan

The Drinking Water Supply Technical Subgroup is developing a Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan.  The plan will take into account both public water systems and private wells, using a region‐wide  approach. It will be completed with input from the main work groups and members of the general public, and will likely result in projects within each of the affected communities.

Criteria for screening, evaluating drinking water supply projects

The MPCA, DNR, Citizen–Business Group and Government and 3M Working Group have created a set of criteria that will be used to screen and evaluate proposed drinking water supply projects.

Well sampling in the east metro area

Since 2003, the MPCA and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have sampled more than 2,700 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.

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