ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Metropolitan Council is joining the state of Minnesota in its lawsuit against 3M Co. seeking damages for alleged environmental consequences tied to its disposal of chemicals once used to make Scotchgard.

Met Council officials say Monday that the agency faces spending millions of dollars to meet new state regulations for discharging perfluorinated chemicals from wastewater treatment plants into the Mississippi River. The Met Council says 3M is responsible for those new regulations because of its one-time practice of discharging such chemicals into the environment.

Met Council manager Bill Moore says the new requirement could cost its wastewater ratepayers in the Twin Cities roughly $1 billion over a 20-year period.

3M’s general counsel says PFCs have not been shown to harm humans at the levels present in the environment.

Comments (4)
  1. See BS says:

    Our Minnesota Court System is good at Chasing jobs to China and Mexico.

    Why not blame it on the EPA for not doing their job during the time? Or did it happen before the EPA or the Minnesota Pollution Control agency?

    Why not help 3M expand and create jobs instead? Just because modern science finds new ways to detect things, doesn’t mean 3M was trying to harm the environment on purpose.

  2. Sue J says:

    The Met Council are people that are not even elected, they need to go. They took away your right to vote on taxes.

  3. paul Lucas says:

    3m went too small town landfills in the 60’s 70′ s and dumped into dumpsites .. including houston mn. specific too Lees sawmill area landfill

  4. Susan says:

    Darn those pesky job creators. Let’s sue ’em.

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