April 17, 2013 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its Guidance for Addressing Petroleum Vapor Intrusion at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites. The guidance, which can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/oust/cat/pvi/petroleum-vapor-intrusion-review-draft-04092013.pdf has been issued for external review. EPA is accepting comments until May 24, 2013.
EPA Seeks Comment on Vapor Guidance
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The State of Minnesota’s claims for natural resource damages (NRD) resulting from 3M’s past disposal of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) was settled on the eve of trial. 3M has agreed to pay $850 million. Settlement proceeds will be dedicated to addressing impaired water supplies, water sustainability projects and natural resource restoration projects in the East Metro are of the Minneapolis St. Paul area.
The State of Minnesota’s lawsuit against 3M for natural resource damages gets underway in Minnesota on February 20, 2018. The State claims 3M knew PFCs were harmful and estimates damages at $5 billion. 3M denies the allegations and maintains that PFCs present no harm at the levels obwerved in Minnesota.