3M will treat or monitor water supplies for thousands in Illinois, Iowa under EPA order

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3M has agreed to widespread water testing and treatment for people living near its Cordova, Ill., factory after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that contamination from PFAS has created “an imminent and substantial endangerment” of drinking water supplies.

The requirement, part of an EPA administrative order, comes as the agency is accelerating its response to these substances, collectively known as PFAS. This move towards regulation and a bevy of lawsuits based on the health effects of these chemicals present a mounting cost for Minnesota-based 3M, which developed the compounds and uses them in products like the water and stain protector Scotchgard.

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