St. Paul Park to advise residents about PFCs in water

St. Paul Park residents will have a chance to learn about perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, in their drinking water at a city meeting.

The city was recently notified by state officials that two-thirds of the city’s drinking-water wells exceeded the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommended level for PFCs, said Jeff Dionisopoulos, the city’s public works department supervisor.

PFCs were at the center of a $5 billion dollar lawsuit by the state against the 3M Co. The iconic Maplewood-based company was accused of knowingly contaminating Washington County drinking water with PFCs. 3M paid $850 million to settle the suit, which will be used for water quality programs.

Residents can ask questions and listen to presentations from city officials and state environmental experts. Information about PFC testing and MDH’s chemical health risk evaluation process, called health-based values, will be available.

The meeting is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Park City Hall.

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