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3M Faces Dutch Claim Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pollution

Disturbed earth near the 3M plant in Antwerp, Belgium. 

Disturbed earth near the 3M plant in Antwerp, Belgium. 

Photographer: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands’s government is exploring its legal options against chemical giant 3M over pollution in the Dutch part of the Scheldt river.

For years, the company’s Antwerp, Belgium-based factory seeped contaminated groundwater into the Scheldt, a 350-kilometer (217-mile) river that starts in France and runs through Belgium and the Netherlands into the North Sea.