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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.

Recommended options - submit your comments

The MPCA and the DNR are seeking input on the draft recommended long-term drinking water supply options for the East Metropolitan Area. The options accounted for every home, neighborhood, and community in the 150 square miles affected by PFAS contamination in the East Metropolitan Area to ensure all recommendations are safe and sustainable now and into the future.

For details on the recommended options, visit the Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan webpage.

Submit your comments

The comprehensive set of three recommended options are open for public comment through December 10, 2020.

Note: We cannot respond to questions submitted through the public comment survey. Please send your questions to pfcinfo.pca@state.mn.us

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.