Reminder: public meetings in Woodbury, Lake Elmo this week

3M East Metro Settlement Updates

3M settlement public meeting in Woodbury April 10, Lake Elmo April 12

Two 3M settlement public meetings are scheduled this week. The first is on Tuesday, April 10 at the Woodbury High School located at 2665 Woodlane Drive. The second is Thursday, April 12 at the Oak-Land Middle School at 820 Manning Ave. North in Lake Elmo.

Both meetings run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will begin with a half-hour open house, followed by a short presentation by state agencies at 6:30. The presentation will be followed with Q&A and more open house time. 

At these meetings, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Natural Resources (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. Staff from the Minnesota Department of Health will also be on hand to answer health-related questions.

Comments on proposed 3M settlement working groups due April 16

The MPCA and DNR have proposed a set of workgroups consisting of stakeholders and technical staff that will provide recommendations on priorities and projects to be funded with money from the state’s settlement with the 3M Company. Those interested in more details about the proposed workgroup structure can visit the 3M Settlement webpage.

The proposal would set up four workgroups initially. Other subgroups will be formed in the future as needed.

Comments on the proposed work groups can be sent by email to Comments can also be submitted at one of the public meetings scheduled this week.

Comments sent by email need to be received by Monday, April 16.

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 is making 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.