Applications now being accepted for expedited projects

3M East Metro Settlement Updates

Applications now being accepted for expedited projects

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are making about $25 million from the 2018 3M Settlement available for time-sensitive projects that are consistent with the settlement’s top priority — ensuring safe drinking water for communities in the East Metropolitan Area.

An example of an expedited project might be to install the infrastructure needed to hook up a neighborhood to a municipal water supply during already planned road construction for the area. In this example, some homes may have individual temporary safe drinking water sources, it makes sense to install the needed infrastructure while roads are already under construction.

Submission of applications are open to everyone, including individuals, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public entities including state, tribes, counties, schools, and higher education institutions.

A list of expedited project criteria is available on the 3M Settlement website. Project submissions can made using an online application form. Applications will be accepted until May 25.

Questions about the expedited project process can be emailed to

Agendas for April work group meetings now available

Agendas for the April meetings of the Citizen–Business Work Group and the Government and 3M Working Group are now available on the 3M Settlement website. The agendas for both meetings are the same.

The Citizen–Business Work Group meets from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. The Government and 3M Working Group meets from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 17.

All 3M Settlement work group meetings are open to the public and time is set aside for questions and comments.

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.