Judge OKs Settlement in Monsanto Agent Orange Suit
Monsanto will pay $93 million for property clean-up and medical monitoring for thousands of West Virginia residents now that a judge has given final approval to a settlement to resolve claims that the company polluted the town of Nitro with dioxin from a plant that produced Agent Orange.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Monsanto will pay $84 million for medical monitoring of the town’s residents over a period of 30 years as well as another $9 million to get 4,500 homes cleaned and to cover the legal fees of the plaintiffs.
The company had produced herbicides, rubber, and other chemicals at the Nitro plant. Agent Orange -- a defoliant -- was also manufactured at the plant back in the 1960s, according to the judge’s order. Agent Orange’s manufacturing process produced a byproduct called dioxin, which is linked to cancer.