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DEEP DIVE: U.S. District Court Approves 3M’s Multi-Billion Dollar PFAS Settlement with Public Water Suppliers | 27 June 2024

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On 29 March 2024, the U.S. District Court, Division of South Carolina approved 3M’s settlement agreement with U.S. public water suppliers (PWS) over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) detected in drinking water. Depending on the claims, the final amount of the settlement will potentially range from $10.5 billion to $12.5 billion. Payments could start as soon as the third quarter of this year and will continue through 2036.

According to a press release from 3M, the settlement will support PFAS remediation “for U.S. public water suppliers (PWS) across the country that have detected any form of PFAS at any level or may do so in the future.”

“This is yet another important step forward for 3M as we continue to deliver on our priorities,” said 3M Chairman and CEO Mike Roman. “The final approval of this settlement and continued progress toward exiting all PFAS manufacturing by the end of 2025 will further our efforts to reduce risk and uncertainty as we move forward.”

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is a policy-making organization for metropolitan drinking water suppliers. It serves as the voice for large, publicly owned drinking water systems on federal water policy issues pending before Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies. AMWA members are public water supply agencies that each represent, directly or indirectly, 100,000 or more people.


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