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Mich. company sues 3M over contaminated water

The Associated Press

Grand Rapids – A western Michigan-based footwear company has sued a chemical manufacturer linked to contaminated water detected at military bases and industrial sites.

Wolverine World Wide filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against 3M, alleging the Minnesota-based company concealed information about the potential environmental risks of chemicals in Scotchgard and other products. The companies are co-defendants in cases involving perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

Rockford-based Wolverine, which disposed of PFAS-laden waste for years at a landfill, says it must defend a 3M “product” now considered “a waste.”

The Associated Press left a message for 3M, which has said it’s acted responsibly. In February, it agreed to pay Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals.

Research shows PFAS poses health risks.