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3M Fined $2.8 Million For Alleged Hazardous Waste Failures

May 26, 2022, 8:09 PM

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Thursday it fined 3M Co. $2.8 million for hazardous waste violations that allegedly occurred at an incinerator site.

Between 2014 to 2020 the company failed to ensure the waste stream at a now-shuttered Cottage Grove, Minn., incineration facility didn’t exceed state limits for ash, chlorine, mercury, lead, nickel, cadmium, arsenic, and other hazardous materials, the agency alleged in a stipulation agreement. And 3M, as early as 1996, inaccurately identified hazardous waste sent to its incinerator as non-hazardous waste, the agreement concluded.

No evidence exists the chemicals entered groundwater or surface water around the ...