April 20, 2012 The 8th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The session featured a Case Law and Regulatory Update in the morning session and numerous breakout sessions during the afternoon. Over 200 attorneys were in attendance at the course which was sponsored by Minnesota CLE. The Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy Law Section presented its Distinguished Service Award to attorney Brian O’Neill. Environmental attorney Joseph Maternowski presented the CERCLA, RCRA and MERLA case law and regulatory update section in the morning session.
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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.