Maryland AG Sues Monsanto Over State’s PCB Contamination

Maryland is the latest state to sue chemical manufacturer Monsanto for contaminating the state’s “land, water, and wildlife” with cancer causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), according to the complaint filed in Baltimore Tuesday.

The suit, which seeks an unspecified amount in damages and cleanup costs, alleges that Monsanto, who produced the chemicals between 1929-79, knew the dangers to the environment and humans, but continued to increase production, polluting the state.

“As the complaint alleges, Monsanto knew that PCBs were toxic and harmful to the environment, wildlife, and humans,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a press release announcing the lawsuit Tuesday. “Monsanto not only continued to manufacture and sell PCBs but increased production even when the harm to the environment was undeniable. Monsanto’s toxic legacy lives on. Until today, Marylanders have borne the cost of cleaning up these poisons. It is time for Monsanto to take full responsibility.”

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