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3M Settles with US EPA

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3M has settled a dispute with the US EPA and will sample and provide treatment for drinking water near its plant in Cordova.

Thursday's agreement follows recent testing of ground water that showed what the EPA calls "a widespread presence" of at least 19 different artificial chemicals known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

And the contamination showed up in wells within a three mile radius of the plant.

The EPA also says because the plant has been discharging these chemicals for more than 50 years, this constitutes "an imminent and substantial endangerment" to people living nearby.

As part of the settlement, 3M is required to offer treatment to all private well owners within three miles of the facility and to the Camanche Water Supply, just across the Mississippi River. 3M is also required to offer drinking water sampling out to 10 miles from the Cordova plant for public water systems as well as to the Quad Cities’ public water systems.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.