3M ADMITS TO ILLEGAL CHEMICAL RELEASE

June 17, 2019

The 3M Plant in Decatur, Ala. admitted to illegal chemical release in Tennessee River. According to WHNT, the company admitted fault in an April letter to the U.S. EPA. The letter was sent by an attorney on behalf of 3M and stated the Decatur plant released the chemical perfluoro-1-butane sulfonamide (FBSA)—and may also have released a similar one called FBSEE—in the river. 3M also admitted that releasing these chemicals into the Tennessee River violates the Toxic Substance Control Act. The release was discovered during a 3M internal investigation, and company told the EPA it “stopped manufacturing operations for both chemicals due to concerns of further violating a federal consent order to not release them into the water,” according to WHNT. 3M is prohibited from releasing chemicals according to an EPA consent order, and the agency is still determining the potential risk the chemicals may pose to human health, according to WHNT. 3M released the a statement to WHNT regarding the situation.

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