The Assistant Attorney General of Washington has launches a lawsuit against chemistry and agribusiness giant Monsanto after reviewing documents from The Poison Papers revealing that Monsanto continued to sell products containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) for years after learning how dangerous PCBs are to humans and the environment. Monsanto?s own internal studies from 1969 concluded unequivocally that PCBs are very dangerous, but the company continued to produce PCB products until 1977. While Monsanto continues to publicly deny how harmful PCBs are, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, lawsuits by Washington state and several other state and local governments will finally provide hoe for accountability and transparency regarding Monsanto?s misdeeds.
- Reportedly, Monsanto stopped producing PCBs in 1977, two years before they were banned in the U.S. and other countries.
- Archive evidence shows that Monsanto was well aware of the negative effects of PCBs back in 1969, but continued to use them.
- Archived autopsies from 1937 reveal that Monsanto was aware that exposure to PCBs was responsible for the deaths of some of their employees.
“”PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are highly toxic compounds known to cause a litany of health problems ? and they?re prone to persisting and accumulating in the environment long-term. And even when Monsanto learned of these glaring issues, they continued to produce and sell toxic PCB products.””