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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.

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 are hosting several meetings to share drinking water supply options for those living and working in the area.

  • February 26: Lake Elmo Inn Event Center 3712 Layton Ave North in Lake Elmo 
  • February 27: Cottage Grove City Hall 12800 Ravine Pkwy South
  • March 4: Prestwick Golf Club 9555 Wedgewood Drive in Woodbury (rescheduled from February 25)

Meeting times: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meeting format: A short presentation followed by an open house.
Join us to learn about the list of long-term drinking water supply options and their associated costs.  We’d also like to hear your thoughts as we begin evaluating the list of options and develop recommendations.

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

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.