3M Reaches $10.3 Billion Settlement in 'Forever Chemicals' Suits
3M, the chemical and manufacturing giant, has reached a settlement of $10.3 billion with cities and towns across the United States over claims of drinking water contamination caused by perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as "forever chemicals." The settlement, which will be paid out over 13 years, aims to support testing and cleanup efforts for PFAS in public water supplies. 3M, currently facing around 4,000 lawsuits related to PFAS contamination, did not admit any liability. The agreement follows a similar settlement reached by Chemours, DuPont, and Corteva, who agreed to pay $1.19 billion for PFAS removal from public drinking water systems. PFAS have been linked to various health issues and are notorious for their persistence in the environment. The settlement is subject to court approval and would bring an end to multiple legal claims against 3M.