Cleanup of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ could cost up to $1.2 billion, exceed 3M settlement

For the first time since Minnesota reached its historic $850 million settlement with 3M Co. over the toxic “forever chemicals” polluting ground­water in the east metro, the state has put dollar estimates on the potential fixes being developed.

The $700 million available to spend on cleaning drinking water and restoring damaged natural resources does not go far given the price tags for water treatment plants and home filtering systems, according to the latest draft of treatment scenarios. The scenarios also show the costs of operating and maintaining treatments for 20 years. Including inflation, the options range in cost from $250 million to $1.2 billion. Read more.

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