Shares of 3M Co. rose 0.5% in midday trading Tuesday, after the industrial and consumer products company said it reached an agreement with several parties resolve litigation related to addressing pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues near the Decatur, Ala. facility. The company, the parent of brands including Post-it notes, Scotch tape and Ace bandages, said the parties that it has reached agreement with include The City of Decatur and Morgan County, the plaintiffs in St. John and the Tennessee Riverkeeper organization. As part of the agreement, 3M said it will contribute $99 million to build “a stronger environment and community in Decatur and the surrounding area.” For Tennessee Riverkeeper and St. John plaintiffs, 3M said it will continue environmental characterization, including testing soil, ground water and sediment for PFAS. The stock has gained 4.5% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 15.8%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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