Los Angeles suing Monsanto for chemicals in waterways.
The lawsuit names three companies that Monsanto spun off in the 1990s: Monsanto Company, now owned by Bayer; Solutia Inc., now owned by Eastman Chemical Company; and Pharmacia LLC., now owned by Pfizer.
By: MARIO TAMA (https://news.yahoo.com)
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Chemical company Monsanto found itself in the horns of yet another lawsuit Monday, as Los Angeles sued the firm for allegedly knowingly polluting waterways in one of the biggest cities in the United States.
The suit — filed last week against three companies including Bayer, the German agro giant that now owns Monsanto Company — comes after a raft of legal action over weedkiller Roundup.
The latest legal filing claims Monsanto polluted waterways in Los Angeles with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) up until 1979.
PCBs — a toxic chemical that does not break down easily — were used in paint, ink, paper products, fireproofing products, hydraulic fluids and industrial equipment.
“It’s time for Monsanto to clean up and pay up,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
“The health and environmental impacts of PCBs — impacts the city has been working hard to reduce in waters throughout LA — are just jaw dropping.”
“We allege Monsanto knew decades ago that PCBs are toxic and inevitably would cause widespread contamination,” he charged.
“It’s infuriating that Monsanto continued to manufacture and sell them — and, we allege, deceive the public about them.”