Minn. Lawmakers Want Say in 3M Settlement Dollars

Created: March 05, 2018 02:07 PM

St. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are questioning the structure of a multimillion dollar settlement between the state of Minnesota and 3M Co.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

3M agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million last month, resolving a massive lawsuit alleging damages to natural resources and groundwater in the Twin Cities' east metro. State agencies will use the money to improve and safeguard drinking water.

House Republicans argued Monday that the settlement was designed to prevent the Legislature from having a say in how those funds are used. Rep. Jim Knoblach says new legislation may be needed to "make sure the money goes to the people it needs to go to."

The state initially sought $5 billion from Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M alleging that chemicals used to make Scotchgard and other products seeped into the groundwater.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Relay Media Amp

Dexter Stars In Scary Film For Bucket List Wish

Mackay, UMD Edge MSU-Mankato in OT in Opening Round of NCAA West Regional

Top Curlers Battle It Out To Combat Childhood Hunger

Local Shelters Raise Awareness of Adoption on National Puppy Day

Thousands to Gather in Washington, Demanding Gun Control

Dayton Pushes for More Pre-K Funding, Local Districts Respond