Monsanto Hit With Another Lawsuit Alleging Environmental Pollution

by | Aug 5, 2015

Monsanto is facing another lawsuit alleging that it knowingly sold harmful chemicals that polluted the environment.

The city of Spokane, Washington, is suing the agrochemical giant, the Spokesman-Review reports. The lawsuit doesn’t state a specific amount for monetary damages. It alleges that Monsanto is responsible for the high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Spokane River.

The Spokane lawsuit follows a similar lawsuit filed by the city of San Jose, California, that alleges Monsanto knowingly polluted the San Francisco Bay with PCBs and says Monsanto should pay to clean up the contamination.

A city spokesperson says Spokane will pay $300 million to keep PCBs and other pollutants from entering the river in coming years.

Charla Lord, a spokeswoman with Monsanto, said in a statement that the company is “reviewing the [Spokane] lawsuit and its allegations. However, Monsanto is not responsible for the costs alleged in this matter.”

Last month the Guardian reported that Monsanto, BP and Veolia will pay to clean up toxic waste — including Agent Orange derivatives, dioxins and PCBs — at a former quarry in South Wales.

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