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Ohio AG: Monsanto concealed effects of toxic chemical for decades

PCBs linked to cancer, liver damage and other negative health effects

(NBC News) Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued agricultural giant Monsanto on Monday, alleging the company concealed dangers posed by a toxic chemical compound it manufactured for nearly a half century.

In the suit, filed in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati, prosecutors argued that the company should pay for the clean-up of what it says are dozens of rivers, lakes and other water bodies contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks during a news conference at the attorney general’s office on May 31, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Brooke LaValley / The Columbus Dispatch via AP file

“Monsanto should be held responsible for the damage it caused,” DeWine said in a statement.

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