Washington is suing agrichemical giant Monsanto over pollution from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
It is the first state to file such a suit, joining cities including Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Long Beach, and San Diego in California. Those cases are ongoing.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a news conference Thursday afternoon. The PCBs were used in many industrial and commercial applications, including in paint, coolants, sealants, and hydraulic fluids. PCB contamination impacts rivers, lakes, and bays around the US.
Monsanto was the sole producer of PCBs between 1935 and 1979, when Congress banned them.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 9, 2016.