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Maine sues biochemical giant Monsanto over PCB contamination

The state of Maine is suing biochemical giant Monsanto for allegedly knowingly selling products containing harmful chemicals that contributed to contamination in the state.

The latest lawsuit targeting the company for manufacturing and selling products containing polychlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs, was filed Thursday in Cumberland County Superior Court. Monsanto claims it knew of the dangers of PCBs years before they were banned, but continued to manufacture and sell products containing them.

Attorney General Aaron Frey said in a statement Friday that “Monsanto knows its PCB products are causing long-term harm and continues to make money by contaminating Maine people and the environment.” There is evidence that this was the choice.” “I am taking action to demand that Monsanto pay for the harm it intentionally caused to our country.”

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Monsanto is now owned by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Bayer.

The state of Maine is suing biochemical giant Monsanto for allegedly knowingly selling products containing harmful chemicals. (Maine News)

Monsanto, which has said it stopped producing PCBs 50 years ago, calls the lawsuit “pointless” and says it has never manufactured or disposed of PCBs in Maine and cannot sell PCB-containing products. He said it was probably from a third-party manufacturer.

Vermont was the first state to sue Monsanto last year over PCB contamination of natural resources, followed by dozens of school districts across the state. Bayer has agreed to pay $698 million to the state of Oregon to end litigation over PCB contamination in 2022.

PCBs have been linked to many health concerns and are one of the chemicals responsible for Maine’s fish intake advisory. It was used in building materials and electrical equipment such as transformers, capacitors, and fluorescent light ballasts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned their manufacture and certain uses in 1979 over concerns that they could cause cancer and other illnesses.

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The state of Maine said it will seek damages for the costs of cleaning up, monitoring and mitigating Maine’s 400 miles of rivers and rivers and 1.8 million acres of ocean currently affected by PCBs.

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