The chemical company 3M has agreed to pay $ 98.4 million (€ 84.6 million) in a settlement agreement for chemical pollution in the Tennessee River. This was reported by the Reuters news agency. The company is also being insulted in our country due to the pollution of PFAS near the factory in Zwijndrecht.
In 2019, 3M had to admit that it had illegally dumped PFAS into the Tennessee River at a Decatur production site in the United States. 3M then stopped production and was forced to pay $ 35 million to local authorities.
The company is now escaping a lawsuit due to the settlement. Three deals were made: one with the Tennessee River Keeper Environmental Association, one with Morgan County Citizens for a class action or class action lawsuit, and one for Morgan County, Decatur City – where the plant is located – and Decatur Utility Company.
3M also says that the contracts have yet to be finalized. The company does not admit to making a mistake.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it is imposing restrictions on PFAS group chemicals associated with diseases such as kidney cancer.