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3M, DuPont to Pay Over $100M Settlement For Polluted Drinking Water

3M Co., DuPont de Nemours Inc. and other makers of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have agreed to pay more than $100 million to resolve a Georgia city’s lawsuit claiming the chemicals polluted its drinking water, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Rome, Georgia settled with 3M, DuPont, DuPont spinoff Chemours Co. and other PFAS makers on May 30. The city sued the companies in Floyd County Superior Court over PFAS were used as stain-proofing agents in carpeting produced in local plants. The settlement comes on the eve of trial in the case, which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

The city was seeking to recoup nearly $100 million it spent building a reverse-osmosis system to clear the chemicals from the Oostanaula and Etowah Rivers. The city sought more than $300 million in damages over the pollution, according to court filings.


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