Snyder wants AG to sue 3M to recoup costs of contamination

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to sue the manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water detected at military bases and industrial sites across the state.

Snyder wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette Friday seeking a lawsuit against 3M. The Minnesota-based company for decades produced Scotchgard and other chemicals used in fire retardants, nonstick cookware and other products.

Snyder says credible research shows per-and polyfluorinated substances, or PFAS, pose health risks.

Schuette's office says the letter is being reviewed. A 3M spokeswoman says the company "acted responsibly in connection with products containing PFAS, and will vigorously defend its environmental stewardship."

In February, 3M agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals.

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