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Environment

Oregon sues Monsanto over PCBs

by Marc S. Reisch
January 15, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 3

The State of Oregon has filed a suit in an Oregon state court seeking over $100 million from Monsanto for damages and cleanup costs associated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The suit alleges that much of Oregon’s environment is contaminated with slow-to-degrade, toxic PCBs, once widely used as a dielectric fluid in electric transformers. Monsanto, which hasn’t made PCBs since 1977, calls the suit baseless. Other jurisdictions suing Monsanto over PCB damages include Washington State; Portland, Ore.; and Oakland, Calif.

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