In February 2018, Minnesota and the 3M Company settled their lawsuit regarding natural resource damages associated with a group of chemicals known as PFCs. 3M made a grant of $850 million as a condition of the settlement to address two priorities in the east metro area. Priority 1 is safe drinking water and groundwater sustainability. Priority 2 is restoring and enhancing natural resources.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will send out updates periodically to inform subscribers about drinking water and natural resource projects funded under the settlement. You can also visit the 3M settlement webpage to keep up with recent developments.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources invite all interested members of the public to two upcoming public informational meetings. At these meetings, MPCA and DNR staff will give an overview of the recent settlement with 3M, and explain the process by which potential water quality and natural resource projects will be prioritized and selected for funding.
The meetings will be held:
Oak-Land Middle School
820 Manning Ave N., Lake Elmo
Park High School
8040 80th St. S., Cottage Grove
The public meetings will start with a half-hour open house, followed by a short presentation by state agencies at 6:30, ending with Q&A and more open house time. Staff from the MPCA, DNR, Minnesota Department of Health, and local governments will be on hand to discuss and answer questions. All members of the public are invited to attend.
Questions? Contact MPCA Assistant Commissioner Kirk Koudelka.