Washington State, Monsanto

Washington State, Monsanto

Three US teachers who sued Monsanto over chemical exposure awarded $185m

Three US teachers who sued Monsanto over chemical exposure awarded $185m

7/29/2021 8:19:00 PM

Three US teachers who sued Monsanto over chemical exposure awarded $185m

Teachers, who worked in Monroe, Washington, said they suffered brain damage from exposure to PCBs in fluorescent lighting

Bayer, which bought Monsanto in 2018, said the company disagreed with the verdict and may appeal.“The undisputed evidence in this case does not support the conclusions that plaintiffs were exposed to unsafe levels of PCBs at the Sky Valley education center (SVEC) or that any exposure could have possibly caused their claimed injuries,” a Bayer spokesperson, Susan Skiles Lukes, said in a statement.

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The company said the light ballasts that were the focus of the lawsuit were obsolete.“These are historic claims that relate to products Monsanto has not produced in more than 40 years,” Lukes said.This was the first of 22 trials involving teachers, parents and students who spent time at the Sky Valley education center.

A 2019 Associated Press investigation found that millions of fluorescent light ballasts containing PCBs probably remain in schools and daycare centers across the US four decades after the chemicals were banned over concerns that they could cause cancer and other illnesses. headtopics.com

Many older buildings also have caulk, ceiling tiles, floor adhesives and paint made with PCBs, which sometimes have been found at levels far higher than allowed by law.PCBs are mixtures of compounds manufactured by Monsanto Co and widely used as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment until they were banned in 1979.

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