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Stelloh writes: "Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued agricultural giant Monsanto on Monday, alleging the company concealed dangers posed by a toxic chemical compound it manufactured for nearly a half century."

Workers apply pesticide. (photo: iStock)
Workers apply pesticide. (photo: iStock)

Monsanto Concealed Effects of Toxic Chemical for Decades, Ohio AG Alleges

By Tim Stelloh, NBC News

08 March 18


hio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued agricultural giant Monsanto on Monday, alleging the company concealed dangers posed by a toxic chemical compound it manufactured for nearly a half century.

In the suit, filed in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati, prosecutors argued that the company should pay for the clean-up of what it says are dozens of rivers, lakes and other water bodies contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

“Monsanto should be held responsible for the damage it caused,” DeWine said in a statement.

Scott Partridge, Monsanto's vice president of global strategy, gave a statement to NBC News saying: "Monsanto voluntarily stopped producing PCBs more than 40 years ago. Monsanto sold PCBs to many industrial and manufacturing customers, as well as the U.S. government, which put them to various uses and disposed of them in different ways. We are still reviewing this lawsuit, and we will defend ourselves aggressively."

The company stopped manufacturing the chemical in 1977 and it was banned in 1979 by the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the suit, Monsanto produced nearly all of the PCBs — which were used in everything from lubricants to electrical equipment — in the United States between 1929 and 1977.

The chemical has been linked to cancer, liver damage and other negative health effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The suit alleges that Monsanto learned of PCBs’ toxic effects in the 1930s, yet it kept producing the compound while concealing its effects.

The suit claims the company acknowledged that prolonged exposure could produce "systemic toxic effects" in an internal memo in 1937, so it undertook a "decades-long campaign of misinformation and deception." your social media marketing partner


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+18 # librarian1984 2018-03-08 09:48
We need to sue Monsanto out of existence.
+6 # economagic 2018-03-08 17:10
And a goodly proportion of all of the other giant transnational corporations. Adbusters Magazine was leading the charge for a corporate death penalty a couple of years ago (seriously!), but I don't know if they're still doing so.
+15 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-03-08 11:06
The sooner MonSatano is abolished, the better.
+16 # chrisconno 2018-03-08 11:57
I wonder what chemicals they are producing and selling widely now that they knew 30 years ago would have toxic consequences? Monsanto is a true villain that should be held accountable for all the damage it has done and is doing. They don't care about better food production or feeding the world, they only care about money and power. There are many ways to improve agriculture without dousing it in chemicals. On fact chemicals are creating far more health and environmental problems than they have ever solved.
+3 # economagic 2018-03-08 17:16
Many people, if asked what is the purpose of a corporation, say "to make money." That is simply wrong. The purpose of ANY business is to make money. The purpose of a corporation is to shield its owners (stockholders) from liability (monetary responsibility) for any misdeeds of the corporation. A corporation can be sued into bankruptcy, a process that should be employed far more often. But its owners, the individual stockholders, are untouchable. The most they can lose is the amount they paid for the now-worthless shares. This is Business 101. Seriously--go find a textbook and look it up.
+13 # Robbee 2018-03-08 14:03
"Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued agricultural giant Monsanto on Monday, alleging the company concealed dangers posed by a toxic chemical compound it manufactured for nearly a half century."

O U T S T A N D I N G !

if ohio a g can sue the bastards, then the rest of state ag's have to consider doing so, too!
+7 # Adoregon 2018-03-08 14:51
Tobacco corporations, petroleum corporations, chemical/poison corporations all operate from the same playbook.
They lie, deny,cast doubt and continue to purvey products the destroy health and the environment.

Do yourselves a favor and read "Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA" by E.G. Vallianatos.

Corporate scum like Monsanto have been calling the shots at the EPA for decades.
It is long past time to root out the institutional corruption and the buying of legislators with campaign bribes.
+1 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-08 20:11
You forgot the sugar industry.
+1 # Adoregon 2018-03-09 13:41
I stand corrected. Sugar is a pernicious "drug," too.
+1 # economagic 2018-03-09 14:55
Yes, partly responsible for killing my first wife. Some people argue that it is as deadly as a certain other white powder. And common food starches metabolize quickly to sugars in the body.
+8 # Farafalla 2018-03-08 15:49
And this is about PCBs. We still have to deal with Agent Orange and Glyphosate and Dicamba and all their other magical products, not to mention the systematic attack on thousands of years of agriculture for their profits.

Monsanto is the prototype for a weaponized corporation bent on profit at any cost and an aggressive right wing politics that is, sadly, supported by as many Democrats as Repugnants. Hillary loved Monsanto as did Obama. Monsanto owns the USDA and the EPA.
+5 # Wise woman 2018-03-09 09:44
If corporations are people, can't they receive the death penalty in a court of law? I mean you can't have all the perks of personhood without suffering the consequences of bad behavior. Monsanto among others is a prime example of evil behavior on a par with a serial killer.

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