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San Diego Sues Monsanto


Last updated 8/27/2015 at 9:47am

The gigantic chemical company Monsanto is responsible for manufacturing and distributing the toxic chemical PCB- which was banned in the U.S. by 1979. The City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District say Monsanto knew about the toxicity of PCBs and continued selling the chemical compounds for industrial use anyway. According to San Diego Coastkeeper Spokesman, Travis Pritchard, San Diego Bay is “basically an industrial toxic waste.” He also added, “I wouldn’t eat too much fish out of it.” San Diego isn’t the only city to sue over PCB pollution but its lawsuit makes an additional claim of public nuisance against Monsanto. Monsanto officials deny financial responsibility for the pollution related to the disposal of the PCBs in the San Diego Bay. Coastkeeper is currently involved with numerous PCB cleanup sites in the San Diego Bay. Pritchard said PCBs won’t be eradicated overnight even if San Diego wins the lawsuit. This “legacy contaminant” appears in higher concentrations as it moves up the food chain. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PCBs cause cancer in animals and are probable human carcinogens. PCBs don’t decompose readily, have a long half life, and are insoluble in water.

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