Members of Citizen – Business Group named

3M East Metro Settlement Updates

Members of Citizen – Business Group named

Trustees for the 3M East Metro Settlement have named 17 people to a Citizen – Business Group that will help guide selection of projects for funding from the settlement. View the member list on the Citizen – Business Group webpage.

The following criteria were used to select a diverse representation from the affected communities:

  • Evaluation of desire to become a member 
  • Evidence of East Metropolitan Area involvement either as a resident or working in the area
  • Skills and abilities, such as personal and professional background and skills, technical abilities, or experience in public engagement, public involvement, or group participation. 
  • Geographic diversity within the East Metropolitan Area
  • Ethnic and age diversity  
  • Representation of individuals and businesses who are on private wells and municipal drinking water 
  • Diversity of knowledge, skills, backgrounds, and experiences

      Reminder — first meeting of Government and 3M Working Group, Citizen – Business Group to be held July 13

      The kick off meetings for the Government and 3M Working Group and the Citizen – Business Group will be held July 13 at Washington County’s Cottage Grove Service Center. The Government and 3M Working Group will meet from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Citizen – Business Group will meet from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

      Meetings of all 3M Settlement work groups are open to the public, and time will be reserved at the end of each meeting for questions from attendees.

      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. 

      This is the first of periodic updates that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will distribute as implementation of the settlement proceeds. These updates will include information regarding drinking water and natural resource projects funded under the settlement. You can also visit the 3M settlement webpage to keep up with recent developments.