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3M Sued by Michigan for Widespread Fluorinated Chemicals Cleanup

Jan. 14, 2020, 11:14 PMUpdated: Jan. 15, 2020, 12:12 AM

Michigan, the state with the most comprehensive testing for fluorinated chemical contamination in the nation, is suing 3M Co. and 16 other companies for millions of dollars for cleanup and damages for contamination in state drinking water.

The complaint, filed by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) Tuesday in state court, claims 3M, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and other giants of the chemistry industry are liable for contaminating 10% of the state’s public water supplies with 28 “forever chemicals” that build up in the human body and have been linked to various illnesses, including some kinds...

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