Target: Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto
Goal: Demand Monsanto pay reparations for manufacturing chemicals known to be toxic and which continue to contaminate the environment decades after they were banned.
Although they are highly toxic to humans and wildlife, for nearly fifty years Monsanto manufactured compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The company allegedly hid its knowledge of the dangers, encouraging the chemicals’ use in manufacturing, shipbuilding and even food packaging. Although the United States outlawed production in 1979 the poisonous legacy of Monsanto’s PCBs continues to impact places like the San Diego Bay. After the Bay’s pollution led to the city being fined nearly $1 million San Diego decided to fight back, seeking compensation from the company responsible for manufacturing nearly all of America’s hazardous PCBs.
The city’s lawsuit charges that Monsanto knew about the impacts its chemicals would have on human health and the environment, yet recklessly continued to make and sell PCBs. Besides hefty fines brought in part by PCBs lingering in the Bay, fishing, tourism and other industries have also been affected by the contamination.
“PCBs manufactured by Monsanto have been found in Bay sediments and water and have been identified in tissues of fish, lobsters, and other marine life in the Bay,” states the lawsuit. “PCB contamination in and around the Bay affects all San Diegans and visitors who enjoy the Bay, who reasonably would be disturbed by the presence of a hazardous, banned substance in the sediment, water, and wildlife.”
The lawsuit also cites historical Monsanto documents which prove the company knew PCBs were linked to cancer in humans, and could drive the extinction of certain fish-eating birds. Such willful corruption must be punished. Demand that Monsanto compensate the city of San Diego, and other impacted communities, for the ongoing pollution caused by its PCB production and sales.
Dear Mr. Grant,
The city of San Diego is seeking to hold your company accountable for lingering environmental damage caused by its manufacture of PCBs, long after their toxicity had been demonstrated. Internal company documents show Monsanto was aware there was no way to use the chemicals without contaminating the environment–yet rather than pull them from the market Monsanto worked to protect profits and sustain production.
Now, decades after the United States banned their manufacture, PCBs continue to contaminate places like the beautiful San Diego Bay. The Bay’s soil, fish and water remain toxic in large part because of Monsanto’s choice to peddle poisonous wares.
I must insist that Monsanto pay damages in accordance with the San Diego lawsuit, and compensate other communities still impacted by its toxic PCB legacy.
[Your Name Here]
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