Courts Give Final Approval for 3M Settlement to Address PFAS in Drinking Water

On March 29, the U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, gave the final approval for chemical manufacturer 3M’s $10.3 to $12.5 billion settlement agreement with U.S. public water suppliers (PWS) to address PFAS contamination in drinking water. The agreement will support PWS that detect PFAS at any level or may do so in the future. Payments under the agreement are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2024 and will continue for 13 years, provided there are no pending appeals of the final approval order. It is important to note that some PWS have opted out of the settlement in order to pursue their own settlements.