Long Beach city files lawsuit against Monsanto for stormwater contamination
California city Long Beach, Gomez Trial Attorneys, Baron & Budd filed lawsuit against Monsanto for PCB contamination of the city's storm water and the port.
Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are toxic chemicals that cannot be contained and last for decades.
PCBs off-gas from their original application, enter into city's storm water through urban run-off, and then deposit into the Port of Long Beach.
Long Beach has joined a list of several cities which filed similar lawsuits against Monsanto. These cities include San Jose, San Diego, Seattle, Oakland, Berkeley, and Spokane.
Long Beach filed the case in the Central District of California.
Monsanto produced PCBs for approximately five decades until the US Congress banned them in 1979 as they harm human and environmental health.
City Attorney Charles Parkin said: "The City is committed to holding Monsanto responsible for the significant amount of contamination it has placed into the City's eco-system and Monsanto should shoulder the burden of cleaning up the environment, not the taxpayers of Long Beach and the State.
"Long Beach is standing up for clean water and holding Monsanto responsible for producing and distributing products in knew would become a significant risk to the environment."
Baron & Budd attorney Scott Summy, who leads the litigation for each of the seven cities, said: "Monsanto unleashed an environmental virus that cannot be contained and is now in virtually every living organism in our food chain.
"Long Beach is standing up for clean water and holding Monsanto responsible for manufacturing a product it knew would become a global contaminant."
Gomez Trial Attorneys attorney John Fiske said: "PCBs are found in the consumable tissue of fish and other wildlife. Monsanto's PCBs are one of the largest public nuisances on the planet."
"It's unfair that Long Beach taxpayers and cities are stuck cleaning up Monsanto's mess."