ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1,000 communities that have spent millions of dollars over many years filtering a common agricultural herbicide out of their drinking water are welcoming their shares of a $105 million settlement with the weed-killer's maker.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in southern Illinois has given preliminary approval to a $105 million settlement between Syngenta and community water systems in six states over the presence of one of the Swiss chemical maker's popular agricultural herbicides in drinking water.
U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert ruled Wednesday the deal in the nearly 8-year-old lawsuit over weed-killing atrazine "appears to be a good compromised result for the parties following years of hard-fought litigation" involving more than 10 million pages of documents shared between both sides.
Swiss chemicals maker Syngenta's agreement to pay $105 million to settle a nearly 8-year-old lawsuit over its popular agricultural herbicides could help reimburse nearly 2,000 community water systems that have had to filter the chemical from its drinking water, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys said Friday.
The proposed deal, announced Friday by Syngenta, must be approved by a federal judge in southern Illinois, where community water systems from at least a half-dozen states have sought to have the company reimburse them for filtering weed-killing atrazine from their supplies.
Some environmental and consumer groups fear a federal decision to approve a genetically altered corn will allow for increased use of Dow Chemical's herbicide, 2,4-D, which could in turn cause cancer, hormone disruption and other health problems, The New York Times reports.
Monsanto announced it has settled a long-running series of class action suits with residents of West Virginia involving chemical pollution from a plant that produced an herbicide used in Agent Orange, Reuters reports.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pledged to push a vote to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to limit filibusters, Roll Call reports.