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80 homes in Washington County will get bottled water as state reviews new pollution standards


Eighty households in Washington County will get bottled water and state-funded filtration systems because their drinking water exceeds a new federal safety standard for industrial chemicals that have long contaminated groundwater in the area.

The Minnesota Department of Health made the announcement Tuesday morning as it reviews the effect of new, more stringent federal standards for the chemicals, known as PFCs, which were used at a local 3M Co. plant decades ago.

In addition, state regulators will sample 400 to 500 wells within the area of contamination in coming months and offer bottled water and filters to households that don’t meet the new standard.


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