Demand Chemical Giant Continue Paying for Drinking Water Decontamination

Target: Inge Thulin, Chief Executive Officer, 3M Corporation

Goal: Maintain payments for water purification to communities impacted by PFC contamination.

Chemical giant 3M indicated they will discontinue payments supporting water purification efforts in several Minnesota communities contaminated by manufacturing agents known as PFCs. This comes despite recent testing indicating that toxic levels of the chemicals continue to threaten public health.

PFCs are toxic chemicals primarily used in the manufacture of Teflon coating, firefighting foam and industrial solvents. An increasing body of research has linked human exposure with several types of cancer, liver failure and developmental issues in children.

Runoff from a 3M manufacturing plant contaminated ground water serving hundreds of homeowners in southeastern Minnesota. Local water authorities were forced to install testing and purification systems at a cost of nearly $13 million. 3M agreed to cover the continuing water purification costs as part of a 2007 legally-binding agreement with the state. However, the company is now disputing their culpability, withholding payment and passing those costs on to the taxpayers.

PFC water contamination through industrial operations is a threat to public health in hundreds of communities across the United States. We cannot allow responsible companies such as 3M to simply discontinue fulfilling their legal obligation to impacted residents. Please sign the below petition calling on 3M to continue supporting water purification efforts in Minnesota.


Dear Mr. Thulin,

I am writing to demand that 3M continue fulfilling its legal obligation to support water purification efforts in southeastern Minnesota. As you are aware, runoff from the 3M plant in Cottage Grove exposed residents in several neighboring communities to toxic levels of PFC. A growing body of evidence has linked PFC exposure in humans with development of several cancers, liver failure and developmental issues in children.

You have a moral, ethical and legal duty to ensure that your products do not threaten public safety. Please demonstrate your commitment to that ideal by reauthorizing support for water purification in communities impacted by PFC exposure.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. How can 3M get away with this? Can they not be held accountable and forced to pay, since they are bound legally to do so?

  2. 3M you made the mess, and you should contine, by law, to pay to clean it up, not me and the state of MN taxpayers. Clean it up now! Plus, prove that the water does not contain PFC. You have comitted to a legal agreement.

  3. Paulette Mirfield says:

    Flint, poisoned and billed for water they can’t drink. Now Minnesota, poisoned water still dangerous to use. Meanwhile, companies like Nestle pay a $200 yearly fee to take water and resell it to you in little plastic bottles that litter every roadway, parking lot, street, public park…just everywhere. Large corporations don’t give a tinkers damn about the public. The only recourse locals have is courts. It’s shameful.

  4. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    fix the water system!

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