3M to pay $1.5 million for EPA violations Maplewood-based
3M Co. has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for 244 violations of the Toxic
Substances Control Act. The diversified manufacturer neither admitted
nor denied that it had violated the act. It also had performed a
systems review of 28 business units and facilities to determine the
compliance status of all chemicals and processes related to the act.
Several of the violations concerned reporting on perfluorinated
compounds – including perfluorooctyl sulfonate, or PFOS – which were
the active ingredients used for decades in the original formulation of
3M’s Scotchgard stain and water repellents. The company stopped
manufacturing PFOS in the United States in 2000, and phased out all of
the chemistries globally by the end of 2002.