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Bemidji settles with 3M over water treatment for ‘forever chemicals’

The city of Bemidji recently reached a settlement with 3M to help pay for treating contamination in the city’s water supply.

3M will pay $12.5 million toward building and operating a new treatment facility to remove chemicals known as PFAS, or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.

The city discovered elevated levels of PFAS in its wells in 2016. It’s believed that the source of the contamination was firefighting foam used during training at the regional airport, which is located near the wells. Read more…