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Port of Portland takes Monsanto to court over PCB contamination

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Staff Writer | January 5, 2017
The Port of Portland has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oregon against Monsanto Company for widespread PCB contamination impacting Port properties.
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Ecology   The 10th public entity in the West to sue Monsanto
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The Port is the 10th public entity in the West to sue Monsanto for PCB contamination. The U.S. District Court case number is 17-cv-00015, filed Jan. 4, 2017.

Monsanto was the sole manufacturer of PCBs for more than 40 years (1935-1979). PCBs were banned by the federal government in 1979, but persist in the environment.

They are associated with extensive human health impacts, including cancer and damage to immune, reproductive and endocrine systems.

PCBs were widely used in industrial and commercial businesses and are found in paint and caulk, in electric transformers and capacitors, in wire and cable coatings, and in coolants, sealants and lubricants.

The Port has evidence that Monsanto became aware of how toxic and dangerous PCBs were during the time they manufactured their PCB containing products, and that they concealed that information.

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