Contract supports technology enhancement for local water quality, corrective action
st. Paul, Ming., November 3, 2022 /PR Newswire/ — 3M (NYSE: MMM) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have agreed on a plan to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Cordoba region. through the agreement 3M will step up its efforts to address past PFAS production in the region and introduce new and innovative technologies at the Cordova site to improve the quality of water used in its operations.
“This agreement demonstrates the positive impact of engagement between regulators and authorities. 3M We appreciate the work of EPA in reaching this milestone that we can have for the community.” John Banovets, 3M Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Environmental Officer. “We are committed to working with community and government stakeholders to use science to manage our businesses, create critical products that people depend on, and pave the way for community engagement. increase.”
- 3M Expanding the range of drinking water collection and helping to understand the local situation.
- 3M It also assists in the introduction of treatment technology for the Kamancheh public water system to improve the drinking water quality of its customers.
Prior to agreement 3M To manage issues identified in Cordova and Quad Cities community orders, we have initiated significant work, including:
- Provides a water treatment system to residents near the Cordoba facility who obtain drinking water from underground wells, regardless of sampling results.
- In July 2022, we began voluntarily sampling drinking water in a large area around our Cordova facility.
- We will conduct soil sampling in the Cordova area to investigate the presence of certain PFASs and share the results with the EPA, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
- Complete construction of $170 million The Cordova facility’s state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system is expected to capture over 95% of PFAS in water.
3M The EPA and EPA have had useful conversations on these issues going back to 3M’s previous announcements on its fourth quarter 2019 earnings call. Since then, the proactive steps the company has taken with guidance from the EPA have helped pave the way for this agreement and the future.
Our continued engagement with EPA builds on our existing strong foundation of progress and investment and is committed to keeping our communities and neighbors informed of our progress.
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