Louis Business Journal
6 June 2003
sues 19 companies to recover Alabama cleanup costs
Inc. has filed suit against 19 companies that contributed to environmental
contamination in Anniston, Ala., seeking sharing of cleanup costs.
the company said it will continue its cleanup of PCBs and hazardous
metals in the Anniston area while the suit gets under way.
Co. manufactured PCBs in Anniston from 1929 to 1971. In 1971, the
company stopped production in Anniston and moved it to its plant
in Sauget, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
More than a year ago, an Alabama jury found Solutia, then Monsanto,
liable for knowingly contaminating homes and bodies in the Anniston
area with PCBs, known carcinogens. More than 3,500 residents of
Anniston had sued both companies.
Solutia was conducting sampling and cleanup activities under an
earlier agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
we discovered that some of the materials being cleaned up, particularly
lead, cadmium and arsenic, did not originate with us," said
John Hunter, chairman and chief executive of Solutia, in a statement.
"It became evident that other industries played a significant
role, and they should have financial responsibility for the cleanup."
said nearly one-third of the $54 million it has spent so far on
cleaning up the area addressed materials and contamination its PCB
plant did not generate. In addition, the company said evidence shows
that the majority of the residential properties to be cleaned up
were contaminated by other sources than Monsanto's PCB runoff or
suit was also filed on behalf of Pharmacia Corp., which bought Monsanto
several years ago, before spinning it off and being acquired itself
by Pfizer Inc.
Louis-based Solutia Inc. (NYSE: SOI) develops specialty chemicals,
fibers, fluids and other performance products.