State's lawsuit against 3M over PFCs at crossroads

  • Article by: Jim Anderson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 9:54 PM

State Supreme Court will hear arguments over law firm Monday.

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vampress_meJan. 11, 14 9:45 AM

"claims against 3M that it damaged the environment by its dumping of PFCs at several legal and permitted east metro sites". Something is missing from this article. If the site they PFCs were dumped is legal and permitted, how can the state now come back and sue?

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csjohnJan. 11, 1410:27 AM

During the 60's and 70's the US government sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and Agent Blue in Vietnam. As the purpose of these chemicals was as an insecticide and defoliant, little did we know that the rate of birth defects exploded. The use of the chemicals was discontinued, but the effects lingered. 3M's disposal policy was not authorized (as no authorization was required) but the damage was done. Whether PFC's cause damage may not be known for generations. The facts that the chemical is present in abnormal quantities in the disposal areas, the fact that it is in the potable water supply cannot be ignored. Whether 3M acted with malice or not is not the question, that they are responsive for the environmental impact and potential health effects is clear. The world is not to be used as a corporate toilet.

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lakeelmo99Jan. 11, 1411:49 AM

3M is taking plays from GE's playbook which DEFERRED for years their efforts to cleanup PCBs from the Hudson river. Congress does this too kicking the fiscal can down the road to the next administration. C'mon 3M take responsibility for your actions as a top business leader in the state of Minnesota. Every article like this one chips away at your reputation one customer at a time.

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justanother1Jan. 11, 1412:37 PM

They make the products, we buy them and use them---then throw them away back into the dirt. The consumer is just as culpable as 3M.

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summer12Jan. 12, 1410:25 PM

How is this case different than the one against DuPont? MMM,clean up your mess. It was wrong to dump this crap in the ground and anyone with half a brain would know that it would leach into the groundwater. What were these official thinking? Typical government, no one is accountable. And if you do speak up, like the dept of health scientist, you get canned.

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