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A new article in the Connecticut Law Tribune reports on the lawsuit that Baron & Budd filed on behalf of its clients, the City of Hartford and the Hartford Board of Education, against Monsanto. The lawsuit aims to hold Monsanto responsible for the costs of removing PCBs from several school buildings.
Scott Summy, head of Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group, is quoted in the article where he discusses the problem in Hartford and the unfortunate, growing trend nationwide.
Not every building built during that [1950-1979] time period contains PCBs, but likely a significant number do,” said Baron & Budd attorney Scott Summy. “I do expect many others who find PCBs in their buildings to follow suit [and launch litigation]. While there is no requirement to test buildings for PCBs, it is required for testing when there is anticipated refurbishment of buildings or a request for use of state funds to repair and refurbish these older buildings. This will result in PCBs being found in many buildings across the country. He added that PCBs “are also being found in city stormwater and runoff across the country,” Summy added. “This has resulted in recent lawsuits being filed by San Diego, San Jose and Spokane.
Baron & Budd is committed to fighting back against these toxic threats to our children and our communities. Learn more about our efforts to hold Monsanto accountable for PCBs in schools here.