State Representatives Keith Franke (R-St. Paul Park) and Tony Jurgens (R-Cottage Grove) issued the following statement after learning of MPCA’s two-year investigation into 3M’s Cottage Grove facility.
“3M has been a longtime, valued employer in our community, but the health and safety of our residents is always paramount. We are disappointed to learn of these hazardous waste findings by the MPCA, but are glad 3M has accepted responsibility and reached an enforcement agreement with the agency. 3M has a duty to be a good environmental steward. In this instance, it failed, and the people of Cottage Grove and Washington County deserve and expect better from this company.”