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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Citizen's Board directed the agency Tuesday to begin to negotiate cleanup agreements with 3M for the Cottage Grove plant and Woodbury and Oakdale disposal sites. The Board postponed the MPCA Commissioner's recommendation to issue a formal Request for Response Action from 3M for the perfluorochemical (PFC) contamination at the three sites. The formal request would have been the first step toward bringing the investigation and response actions under the state Superfund law, but would have been a unilateral action by the MPCA. The action taken by the Ci
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the classification of two chemicals -- perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) -- as hazardous substances at the State Capitol Wednesday. PFOA and PFOS have been found in the water supplies in Lake Elmo and Oakdale, as well as at the 3M Chemolite plant in Cottage Grove. No wells around the plant were found to contain the chemicals. Sen.
3M officials went on record with Minnesota legislators Tuesday morning, saying they see no health risks from the chemicals found in local wells at the levels currently recorded and pledged to help pay for preventative measures if the levels are deemed to pose health risks in the future. "We take responsibility for our materials," said Dr. Kathy Reed, staff vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety Operations at 3M.
The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday it is lowering the Health Based Values for the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in drinking water. These chemicals had been released by 3M in the past and were found in the groundwater in Lake Elmo and Oakdale. The new guidelines are .5 parts per billion for PFOA and .3 parts per billion for PFOS. The previous values were 1 part per billion and .6 parts per billion respectively, according to a Health Department press release. Sen.
Dennis R. Starks, age 66, of Newport, died April 12 after a year-and-6-month battle with cancer. Memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Rd., with a gathering of family and friends starting at 5:30 p.m.
Jean I. McCarthy (nee Olinger), age 89, of Newport, Minn., passed away peacefully on Feb. 15. Celebration of Life service 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, with visitation beginning at 4 p.m., at All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove; dessert to follow. Memorials preferred to All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Blvd., Cottage Grove, MN 55016, or Presbyterian Homes Foundation, 2845 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113.
Louis J. Flaherty, age 77, of Cottage Grove, died Jan. 21. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, with visitation 1 hour prior to service, all at church. Interment at Newport Cemetery.
Elizabeth J. Boyett, age 91, of Woodbury Villa, died Jan. 16. A memorial service in her honor will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, with visitation 1 hour prior.
Sharon Marie Lindblad, age 68, of Cottage Grove, passed away Jan. 14 after a long battle with I.P.F. Memorial Mass 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, with visitation 10-11 a.m., at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Community, 4125 Woodbury Dr. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Association.
Linda E. Patterson, age 65, of Cottage Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 13. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Crossroads Church, 5900 Woodbury Dr., Woodbury. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, as well as 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment to follow at Cottage Grove Cemetery. Memorials preferred.