Monsanto’s Problems Just Got Bigger: 7 Major Cities Are Suing Them – Here’s Why

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 20 Comments
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Walkers and bikers next to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo: Ian Sane/flickr/cc)

Walkers and bikers next to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Ian Sane/flickr/cc)

By Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams

Portland, Oregon's city council on Wednesay voted unanimously to authorize City Attorney Tracy Reeve to sue Monsanto for contaminating water bodies within the city with PCBs.


“Portland's elected officials are committed to holding Monsanto accountable for its apparent decision to favor profits over ecological and human health,” Reeve said in astatement.  “Monsanto profited from selling PCBs for decades and needs to take responsibility for cleaning up after the mess it created,” she said.

The resolution passed by the city body states that the company was the only manufacturer of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) from 1935 until they were banned in 1979. The contamination from PCBs—which cause a range of harmful effects on wildlife and humans and are categorized as probable human carcinogens—lingers, and it “has been found in sediments within the City of Portland in the Columbia Slough and the Willamette River,” the resolution states.

“In our case there are PCBs widely distributed throughout Portland Harbor and that’s one of the main reasons it was listed as a superfund site back in December of 2000,” Travis Williams, executive director of Willamette Riverkeeper, told local news KGW.

Portland joins six other West Coast cities—Seattle, Spokane, Berkeley, Oakland, San Diego and San Jose—to file such a suit. The seven cities will use the same two law firms for their separate suits.

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  6. 208533612828337@facebook.com' Avay York Evans says:

    I hope they some how break MONSANTO! They have commited so MANY crimes against human beings not to mention the animals they put thru hell. Shame on MONSANTO!

  7. 10153776670208288@facebook.com' Jay Cuza says:

    ALL WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY SHOULD FACE THE CONSEQUENCES.

  8. 10153482103890359@facebook.com' Laurah Mason-Waterman says:

    A small bit of faith in humanity has been restored! 🙂

  9. sorgfelt@protonmail.ch' Sorgfelt says:

    Monsanto is trying to make these lawsuits illegal. Don’t underestimate the power of buying our lawmakers.

  10. 982153768533965@facebook.com' Technology News says:

    Thanks big fan here

  11. 10153283829765793@facebook.com' Joy Kay says:

    All states should file suit. ?

  12. 10153117834328297@facebook.com' Terrie LaSpesa says:

    What took so long?

  13. 10208185172450124@facebook.com' Grazina Wolfe says:

    Those who do speak truth and do honest things will never be hated:)

  14. 1294356830591314@facebook.com' Sheila Marie Souza-Herr says:

    Sue their a$$’$!!! They’ve caused birth defects on Kauai, along with Syngenta, & Dow DuPont. Sickened local’s, & desecrated the land, still to this day!

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