3M Co. to Pay $850 million to Minnesota to Settle Case Over Chemical Disposal

Money Will be Used to Address Problems Chemicals Created

MINNEAPOLIS-3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged the state’s natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals over decades. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday, a few hours after jury selection was halted on the day the trial was scheduled to begin. Minnesota was seeking…