Met Council joins state's lawsuit against 3M

The council wants the manufacturer to pay for the cost of removing its chemicals used to make Scotchgard that was discharged into the Mississippi River. Met Council officials say the agency faces spending $1 billion in order to filter out the chemicals.
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The council wants the manufacturer to pay for the cost of removing its chemicals used to make Scotchgard that was discharged into the Mississippi River. Met Council officials say the agency faces spending $1 billion in order to filter out the chemicals.

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