Delaware sues Monsanto alleging damage to natural resources

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto and spinoffs Solutia and Pharmacia, alleging long-lasting damage to the state’s natural resources.

Attorney General Kathy Jennings says the lawsuit filed Delaware Superior Court on Wednesday alleges Monsanto knew as early as 1937 that polychlorinated biphenyls had toxic effects on humans and animals.

It seeks to recover damages and clean-up costs. The suit also claims Monsanto understood and “actively promoted the fact that PCBs do not naturally break down” and continued to manufacture, market and sell PCBs.

The News Journal reports that Bayer, which purchased Monsanto in 2016, responded to the lawsuit saying the company voluntarily ceased all PCB production in 1977, two years before production was banned.

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