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What Have PCBs Done to Affect The United States?

It was only in 1979 that the United States Congress banned the company, Monsanto, from manufacturing due to its harmful consequences to its neighboring areas and the people within these particular sects. Unfortunately, Monsanto has been in the business since the 1930s and have produced 99% of the polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) found today. These toxic chemicals have proven to have had negative effects on the health of the people exposed to the substance ever since the internal memo that was filed in 1970.

The product is malignant by existence as it literally causes troubles for people and the affected areas just by simple cohabitation. Products that cause PCBs to surface do not deteriorate into recyclable produce of any kind and the longer that they exist, the more toxins they cause and emanate. A lot of these substances and products were dumped into rivers or other bodies of water, deeply affecting sediments, marine life, economies, and the people who were unfortunate enough to live close by that they are directly exposed to the contaminants.

In 2013, it was decided upon in court ruling that a Missouri jury may be able to decide if the old Monsanto PCBs can be the instigator of a particular kind of cancer. There has been one prominent case within the most recent ten years as, back in 2009, there were three different California residents who were plaintiffs against Monsanto who claimed that the PCBs were the cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a kind of cancer that starts in the cells call lymphocytes, which are found within the human body’s immune system. Damage to the immune system can be catastrophic as the immune system is the human body’s first line of defense against a wide array of contaminants and diseases.

There have been many other suits that have been filed against the company, even before the banning of its manufacturing in 1979 and yet claims and lawsuits are still popping up in this day and age. There is more on the line for Monsanto as, due to an internal memo within the company, that implies that the corporation was aware of the hazardous components in their produce and yet continued production anyway.

These actions can still have serious consequences to this day – you can’t sue a sickness, but you can seek justice against those who have done wrong.