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Monsanto reaches settlement in West Virginia lawsuits

February 28, 2012
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NITRO, W.Va. — Monsanto Co. has agreed to spend up to $93 million on medical testing and the cleanup of as many as 4,500 homes in the West Virginia city of Nitro, where a legacy company once produced Agent Orange and other chemicals, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The legal settlement would resolve a series of lawsuits brought by city residents over health problems blamed on the now-closed plant. The settlement, which still must be reviewed by a county circuit court judge, does not include any finding of wrongdoing by Monsanto or its legacy companies, according to a joint statement released by the agribusiness group and the plaintiffs Friday.

Monsanto said it would spend up to $9 million on cleaning homes and $21 million establishing a medical monitoring program at a local hospital for which thousands of people will be eligible to apply. The company will make an additional $63 million available for the program, which will operate for 30 years. The settlement addresses the impact of chemicals produced by the plant, including Agent Orange for the US military. It closed in 2004 after operating for 75 years.

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