Really, would you be happy about any company dumping its toxic chemicals into your water? Well San Diego residents sure aren’t, and for good reason! It seems Monsanto has been polluting the bay by releasing its carcinogenic, banned chemicals into the water, and residents of the city will not tolerate it any longer.
On Monday, the city of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District filed a lawsuit against the biotech giant Monsanto, accusing the corrupt company for polluting the city’s bay for more than 30 years with a carcinogenic chemical that was banned long ago due to is horrible affects on human health.
The suspected chemicals are Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). According to a report published by Food & Watch Water, the biotech bully is responsible for creating more than 99% of this dangerous chemical. And amounts have been found in the bay’s sediments, the water, and in the tissues of multiple forms of aquatic life, including in fish and lobster sampled from the bay.
As filed in the March 16th complaint:
“PCBs manufactured by Monsanto have been found in Bay sediments and water and have been identified in tissues of fish, lobsters, and other marine life in the Bay. PCB contamination in and around the Bay affects all San Diegans and visitors who enjoy the Bay, who reasonably would be disturbed by the presence of a hazardous, banned substance in the sediment, water, and wildlife.
PCBs were not only a substantial factor in causing the City and Port District to incur damages, but a primary driving force behind the need to clean up and abate Bay sediments. In addition, fish consumption warnings are posted at locations in and around Bay tidelands warning the public that fish within the Bay may contain contaminants and directing consumption limitations.”
Even in the face of PCB risks, Monsanto continued to try and protect its profits while prolonging the use of PCB compounds, notes the San Diego Reader.
PCBs are listed under the Toxic Substances Control Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and have specific storage and disposal requirements – none of which include dumping the chemicals into San Diego’s waterways.
Heavier than water and easily absorbed, this toxic substance is rightly banned, even though Monsanto would love for us to think otherwise.
The EPA’s own review of PCBs clearly states that:
“There is clear evidence PCBs cause evidence in animals.”
“An industry scientist commented that ‘all significant studies have been reviewed are are fairly represented in the document.”
“An industry-sponsored peer-reviewed rat study characterized as the ‘gold standard study’ by one peer reviewer, demonstrated that every commercial PCB mixture tested caused cancer.”
How should Monsanto answer for their outrageous crime of dumping toxic, carcinogenic chemicals into the San Diego bay? By paying every man, woman, and child in San Diego and the surrounding area for exposing them to extremely high cancer risks, as well as devastating marine life and water supplies.
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