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The company behind one of the world’s most used chemical herbicides has settled a class-action lawsuit in the United States and will pay plaintiffs $105 million to end allegations that they knowingly poisoned drinking water. .
Switzerland’s Syngenta AG has been at the center of a class-action lawsuit because hundreds of community water systems across the United States have allegedly been contaminated by the company’s atrazine weed killer. For decades, communities across the country in at least 45 states have had their water supply contaminated by atrazine and have been forced to spend millions to filter out the poison to allow for same consumption. In a press release put out this week by the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Korein Tillery LLC, lawyers say that the community water systems affected by Atrazine contamination have impacted more than one-in-six Americans. The $105 million settlement will go towards reimbursing districts that have had to implement their own filtration systems to eliminate the poison and Stephen M. Tillery of the law firm says that upwards of 300 communities with the highest contamination levels will recover 100 percent of their costs
As part of the settlement, Syngenta AG will be denied any further liability regarding human exposure to atrazine. “Settling this case will remove the burden of litigation from Syngenta's partners, customers, retailers, distributors and others who have been inconvenienced by the lawsuit,” the company responds in an official statement this week.