We all want Baltimore to be better. The city of B-More could receive some much-needed help so that Baltimore could actually be more in the future. A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that the city of Baltimore can proceed with claims against Monsanto.
The claims are in regards to cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs. The chemical that was manufactured by Monsanto was used in the past as a coolant for transformers and office equipment primarily from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. However, the chemical was banned in 1979 because of the massive toxicity of PCBs. The half-life of the chemical can last as long as 20-30 years in some cases.
Baltimore is looking for punitive damages due to the massive amount of resources used to clean up the contamination of PCBs in the city’s bodies of water and in the city’s drainage system. This case will go to federal trial later on this year.