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posted by janrinok on Tuesday July 29 2014, @05:56PM   Printer-friendly
from the big-wins-can-happen-in-small-places dept.

Natural Society reports

The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals. The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the funds were to be spent.

The settlement will require Monsanto to do the following:

  • $9 million will be spent to clean dioxin contaminated dust from 4500 homes.
  • $21 million will be spent to test to see if people have been poisoned with dioxin.
  • Citizens will be monitored for such poisoning for 30 years, not just a few months.
  • An additional $63 million is to be allotted if additional tests for dioxin contamination testing is necessary.
  • Anyone who lived in the Nitro area between Jan. 1, 1948, and Sept. 3, 2010 will be tested for dioxin. Although they must show proof they lived in the area, they will be eligible for testing even if they no longer live in Nitro.
  • Former or present employees of Monsanto are not eligible for any of these benefits.
  • An office will be set up to organize testing for Nitro citizens. The registration of participants is to be overlooked by Charleston attorney Thomas Flaherty, who was appointed by the court.
  • Residents have a right to file individual suits against Monsanto if medical tests show they suffered physical harm due to dioxin exposure.
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by aristarchus on Wednesday July 30 2014, @02:24AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday July 30 2014, @02:24AM (#75354) Journal

    Better living through chemistry was the motto if I.G. Farbin, you know, the German company that made chemicals to get rid of infestations! Monsato is guilty of equal crimes against humanity, only more indirectly, resulting in Indian farmers selling kidneys to afford intellectual property in seeds. I say copy the buggers! Seeds are not copywriteable! Food? Merde, I could live forever without any of the crap that the RIAA claims to own, but you mess with food, who do you think actually has the pitchforks, and knows how to make torches? (Oh, Hi, Nabi!)

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