The City of San Diego is Suing Monsanto for Poisoning its Marine Life and Polluting its Bay

 

 

The Monsanto Company produces a large volume of different chemicals, and many of them are also manufactured by competitors.

But when it comes to the dangerously carcinogenic PCBs that have wreaked havoc on towns and waterways across the country, Monsanto stands (virtually) alone: 99 percent of PCB production in the United States was done by the agricultural giant according to this report from the Food & Water Watch.

The chemicals are still being found in places they shouldn’t be, however, and many towns are still dealing with the aftermath of their toxic legacy (see photos here).

On Monday, more allegations of immense harm were revealed as a lawsuit was filed against Monsanto in federal court by San Diego authorities over the alleged polluting of the city’s bay with the carcinogenic chemicals, which were banned over 30 years ago but are still said to be showing up in sediment samples.

The PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) have also been identified in water samples and the tissues of fish, lobsters and other marine life according to the complaint. 

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“PCB contamination in and around the Bay affects all San Diegans and visitors who enjoy the Bay, who reasonably would be disturbed by the presence of a hazardous, banned substance in the sediment, water, and wildlife,” the lawsuit reads.

According to the EPA, PCBs have been shown to cause cancer, immune, reproductive and nervous system health problems while also damaging the endocrine system.

The city wants Monsanto to pay for cleanup costs and to cover the loss of natural resources as well. 

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