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Monsanto settles ‘Agent Orange’ case with US victims

Posted By admin On February 25, 2012 @ 4:35 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Dominic Rushe
London Guardian [1]
February 25, 2012

Chemicals giant Monsanto has reached a settlement with US residents who claimed they were poisoned by chemicals used in the manufacturing of the Vietnam-era chemical weapon Agent Orange.

The long-running suit was brought by residents living near a now-defunct Monsanto plant in Nitro, West Virginia that between 1949 and 1971 produced the agricultural herbicide 2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacidic acid, a key ingredient in Agent Orange.

The weapon was used extensively during the Vietnam war, killing and maiming an estimated 400,000 people and leading to 500,000 birth defects. In 2005 a US court rejected a case brought by Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

The suit – filed on behalf of tens of thousands of people who lived, worked and went to school in Nitro after 1949 – claimed Monsanto spread toxic substances including dioxins, which have been linked to cancer, all over the town.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/24/monsanto-agent-orange-west-virginia

[2] Outrageous: Agent Orange Maker Monsanto Seeks Return to Vietnam for GMO Crops: http://www.prisonplanet.com/outrageous-agent-orange-maker-monsanto-seeks-return-to-vietnam-for-gmo-crops.html

[3] America’s farmlands to be carpet-bombed with Vietnam-era Agent Orange chemical: http://www.prisonplanet.com/americas-farmlands-to-be-carpet-bombed-with-vietnam-era-agent-orange-chemical-if-dow-petition-approved.html

[4] Agent Orange’s toxic legacy lingers on: http://www.prisonplanet.com/agent-orange%e2%80%99s-toxic-legacy-lingers-on.html

[5] Monsanto Pays 93 Million to Victims In Settlement: http://www.prisonplanet.com/monsanto-pays-93-million-to-victims-in-settlement.html

[6] Take Action Against Dow Chemical and Monsanto ‘Agent Orange’ GMO Crops: http://www.prisonplanet.com/take-action-against-dow-chemical-and-monsanto-%e2%80%98agent-orange%e2%80%99-gmo-crops.html

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