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New York Budget Negotiations to Blow Past April 1 Deadline

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s negotiations with her fellow Democratic legislators are expected to continue after the deadline for the new fiscal year to begin. Talks about the proposed $227 billion budget are largely being held up by Hochul’s plan to increase housing and her push to change the bail law, legislative leaders said Thursday. If the budget or an extension bill isn’t passed by end of day Monday, paychecks for state workers could be delayed, according to the state Comptroller’s Office.

3M, Wolverine to Pay $54 Million in PFAS Dumping Settlement

The 3M Co. and footwear maker Wolverine World Wide Inc. will pay $54 million as part of a proposed class action settlement over allegations they’re responsible for the release of PFAS chemicals into the environment in Kent County, Mich., according to a federal judge who granted final approval of the deal.

EU Seeks EV Rules Clarity Before Signing Key US Mineral Deal

The European Union is seeking to clarify several issues with the US before signing an agreement on critical minerals designed to give EU companies access to some of the massive green subsidies offered in President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

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The Toxic Legacy of 3M's 'Forever Chemicals'

The fight over a tunnel project in Antwerp has revealed extraordinary levels of toxins in the water, soil, and people near 3M’s factory. While the company said this week that it will cease using or making so-called forever chemicals a few years from now, for people living near the plant, the damage has already been done.

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