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Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution
by Gene Johnson

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
8 December 2016

On 8 December 2016 The Associated Press reported: Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish, and people around the globe for decades. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a news conference in downtown Seattle Thursday [December 9], saying they expect to win hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars from the company. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of government and science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PCBs have been shown to cause a variety of health problems, including cancer in animals as well as effects on the immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. ...

Several other cities -- including Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Long Beach, and San Diego, California -- have also sued Monsanto over PCB pollution, the Attorney General's Office said. Those cases are ongoing. ...

Ferguson, a Democrat, pointed to internal Monsanto documents that show the company long knew about the danger the chemicals posed. ...

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