Southern California City Joins 10 Public Entities to Demand Corporate Giant be Held Responsible for Water Contamination
SAN DIEGO –Today, the national law firm of Baron & Budd announced that on Tuesday, August 21, the City of Chula Vista, Calif., filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California against Monsanto Company for widespread PCB contamination (Case No.: 3:18-cv-01942-BEN-JMA). The City is the 11th public entity on the West Coast to sue Monsanto for PCB contamination.
Monsanto was the exclusive manufacturer of PCBs between 1935 and 1979, when the chemicals were used in a number of industrial and commercial applications, such as paint, caulk, electric transformers, cable coatings, sealants and lubricants. In 1979, PCBs were banned by the federal government.
PCBs are toxic, cannot be contained to their original applications, and do not biodegrade in nature. These chemical compounds have been associated with an extensive number of human health issues, including cancer and damage to immune, reproductive and endocrine systems. PCBs have also been found to be dangerous to fish and wildlife. When these chemicals escape from their original applications, they are washed away by rain and sent into stormwater systems and contaminate many bodies of water.
As the operator of a municipal stormwater system which passively collects and transports stormwater that is discharged into San Diego Bay, the City has been required and will continue to be required to spend substantial amounts of money to limit PCBs entering the Bay.
In addition to the City of Chula Vista, Baron & Budd also represents the Cities of San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Long Beach, Seattle, Spokane, Portland, the Port of Portland, and the State of Washington.
“Monsanto needs to stop playing games and accept responsibility for cleaning up the mess it’s made,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder, John Fiske. “Chula Vista is the latest city to recognize that PCB cleanup costs shouldn’t be passed on to its citizens, and I anticipate more cities and states will continue to follow suit.”
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