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3M settles PFAS suit in Alabama

by Marc S. Reisch
May 4, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 18

 

3M has settled a lawsuit alleging that it contaminated drinking water with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Decatur, Alabama, where it made fluorochemicals until 2002. The company has agreed to pay the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water & Sewer Authority $35 million to fund a water filtration system and indemnify the water authority for claims related to the 3M contaminants. The Japanese chemical maker Daikin, also named in the suit, settled with the utility for $5 million in 2017.

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