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Woodbury announces 7th well shutdown due to contamination by 3M waste disposal

Woodbury announces 7th well shutdown due to contamination by 3M waste disposal Photo: KSTP-TV

Updated: February 24, 2020 10:24 PM

The city of Woodbury has announced that a seventh well has been removed from service due to contamination from 3M waste disposal.

The seven wells have been found to contain Perfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS, which are contaminants.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Health, PFAS are manmade chemicals that do not break down naturally and can be found in food package coating, nonstick cookware and stain-resistant fabrics, among other items.

This now leaves the city of Woodbury with 12 usable wells. 

Last month, the Woodbury city council voted to expedite the construction of a temporary water facility, which could bring some of the affected wells back online this summer. 

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