Maryland AG sues Monsanto, alleges harm to natural resources

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against chemical company Monsanto and two spinoffs, alleging that chemicals it manufactured harmed natural resources and seeking to recover damages and clean-up costs. The lawsuit alleges that Monsanto knew as early as 1937 that polychlorinated biphenyls had systemic toxic effects in humans and animals. It alleges that the company knew PCBs don’t naturally break down. Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles called the suit an important step to help Maryland “make progress in preventing toxic pollution and recovering from decades of damage.” Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, says Monsanto never manufactured, used, or disposed of PCBs in Maryland and shouldn’t be held liable for the alleged contamination.

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