3M and PFC groundwater contamination in Minnesota

Concern over the effects of groundwater contamination by perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, has a long history in Minnesota. Now that the state settled its lawsuit with 3M, here's a collection of MPR News coverage of this complex story.

More PFAS foam found in Twin Cities' Battle Creek
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is advising people to keep away from foam in the east Twin Cities metro-area creek, after samples of it have again tested positive for elevated levels of the chemicals known as PFAS.
Dispute over environmental fund leaves projects on wolves, weeds and mussels in limbo
Dozens of projects benefiting Minnesota’s natural resources are now in limbo because of a political dispute at the state Legislature. At the center: An ongoing disagreement over whether a state trust fund should be used to pay for wastewater treatment projects.
Foam with ‘forever chemicals’ found in two Twin Cities streams
State officials said that there's no immediate health threat to the public. But they are cautioning people to keep away from the foam and take precautions if they — or their pets — come into contact with it.
Testing for ‘forever chemicals’ widens as cities wait for solutions
Nearly two years after Minnesota settled a lawsuit with 3M over water contamination in the eastern Twin Cities metro area, residents of the affected communities have been waiting on a plan outlining how the settlement money will be spent to provide safe drinking water for the long term.
3M, Lake Elmo settle for $2.7M, land transfer in drinking water lawsuit
3M will pay $2.7 million into the city's water account, which pays for maintaining its water system, and will transfer 180 acres of farmland to the city.
Minnesota tightens rules on 'forever' chemical in drinking water
Minnesota health officials are adjusting acceptable levels for two troublesome pollutants found in drinking water supplies in the east Twin Cities metro area, based on new scientific data.
Former regulator wants to bring people together around clean water
After 40 years in state government, John Linc Stine is now executive director of the St. Paul-based nonprofit Freshwater. We asked him if he thinks the state can make meaningful progress on water quality.
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