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3M ADMITS TO RELEASING TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE TENNESSEE RIVER FOR OVER A DECADE

A 3M plant in Decatur, Alabama has admitted in a letter to the EPA that it violated a federal toxic substance law by releasing illegal chemicals into the Tennessee River.

The letter was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency on April, 3, 2019, in it 3M admits to the non-compliance of a 2009 update to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

A Washington, D.C. based law firm sent the letter on behalf of the company:

“On behalf of 3M Company (”3M”), I am writing to voluntary disclose non-compliance with Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substance Control Act (“TSCA”), at 3M’s Decatur, Alabama Plant.”

The statement continues saying, 3M admits to releasing perfluorobutanesulfonamide (FBSA) and possibly fluorinated sulfonamide alcohol (FBSEE) into the Tennessee River.

3M is authorized to manufacture and process FBSA and FBSEE at it’s Decatur Plant per a 2009 consent order from the EPA. However the same consent order prohibits the company from releasing those chemicals into “any waters of the United States.”

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9 Responses

  1. Michael wauschek

    Atleast they admitted but they willing pay the fines as well put the $ to help to the cleanup of their illegal dumping into the rivers.

  2. Michael

    What about all the people that live on the river being exposed these chemicals? What about the ones who have been eating fish out of the river, as well as swim in the river?

  3. Barbara

    Unforgivable! Who knows the extent of the harmful affects this has had on the health of people who live downstream. They should be held accountable.

  4. Tina Cannon

    How far away will people suffer from the effects of their stupidity! I see all the area in green. Is that how far it will reach?

  5. James

    This story is kind of vague. Maybe to early for details. I wonder if it was done intentionally or they just realized they had a problem with the plant that was leaking chemicals?

  6. Dwight James

    It’s Time to Fire a Few Top Dogs at The 3M Company… And every one that new about this Dumping that didn’t report it right away!!! Drop the Hammer on them Big Time…

  7. J

    Inexcusable. I live in an area where this has affected the water supply. Could explain the increase in cancer in this area.

  8. Sarah Boaz

    So much cancer
    What is the extent of this poison. Is it traceable? , cureable ? What are the symptoms?
    So many of our family and friends eat fish from the lake and enjoy the water sports. What about the intentions of 3M ?

  9. Catherine Hyde

    Our world suffers so much from the greediness of those who already have much, and then use their wealth to abuse others to make even more. A fine does not solve the problem nor make people better nor change the method of production. This attitude is world wide. A rule stating that all factories should discharge up stream should be put into place, even in the instance when factories are not supposed to discharge into any waters.

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