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Illinois Sues 3M for Cordova Plant

The state of Illinois accuses 3M of improperly handling toxic chemicals for decades at its plant in Cordova, Illinois near the Quad Cities.

Wednesday Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit over how the plant uses so-called "forever chemicals," per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS.

Filed in Rock Island County Circuit Court, the suit alleges 3M’s negligent operations have resulted in significant levels of PFAS contamination at and around the plant, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Screenshots of pertinent information about PFAS from an EPA infographic
EPA, https://19january2021snapshot.epa.gov/sites/static/files/2018-03/documents/pfasv15_2pg_0.pdf
Screenshots of pertinent information about PFAS from an EPA infographic

Attorney General Raoul also claims “For decades, 3M has been aware of the dangers of PFAS, or ‘forever chemicals.’ And even promoted these toxic chemicals as being safe to manufacture.

At Cordova, 3M makes chemical products including adhesives, resins, fluorochemicals and other specialty chemicals.

The suit also says sampling conducted by 3M, and the U.S. and Illinois EPA's, has confirmed the presence of contaminated groundwater under and around the facility, as well as in the Mississippi River.

A statement from the company says "3M acted responsibly in connection with its manufacturing operations and products containing PFAS and will vigorously defend its record of environmental stewardship."

Juanpablo covers substandard housing and police-community relations for WNIJ Radio in Illinois. He’s been a bilingual facilitator at the StoryCorps office in Chicago. As a civic reporting fellow at City Bureau, a non-profit news organization that focuses on Chicago’s South Side, Ramirez-Franco produced print and audio stories about the Pilsen neighborhood. Before that, he was a production intern at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the rural America editorial intern at In These Times magazine. Ramirez-Franco grew up in northern Illinois. He is a graduate of Knox College.
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. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.
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