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Atrazine Litigation Settlement

[ 0 ] May 25, 2012 |

From Syngenta Crop Protection:

Syngenta and attorneys for several community water systems have agreed to settle litigation related to the herbicide atrazine in order to end the business uncertainty and expense of protracted legal proceedings.

Syngenta acknowledges no liability and continues to stand by the safety of atrazine. The scientific evidence continues to make it clear that no one ever has or ever could be exposed to enough atrazine in water to affect their health. The plaintiffs acknowledge that they have not commissioned and are not aware of any new scientific studies relating to the safety of atrazine.

The proposed settlement agreement which requires court approval was filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on May 24, 2012. Water systems joining the class will be eligible for payments from a $105 million settlement funded by Syngenta.

This settlement is good for the company and the farmers who depend on atrazine, as well as our retailers, distributors, partners, and others who have been inconvenienced by this ongoing and burdensome litigation.

The value of atrazine is clear. It benefits American farmers by up to $3.3 billion and supports up to 85,000 American jobs related to farming annually. Atrazine helps protect the environment and critical wildlife habitat by reducing soil erosion by up to 85 million tons each year. There is no substitute for atrazine, which is used in more than 60 countries and meets the most stringent safety requirements in the world.

Related documents and links:syngenta_atrazine-litigation-settlement
Atrazine settlement agreement and exhibits (PDF)
Atrazine settlement agreement key facts (PDF)
Joint press release on litigation settlement (PDF)  - settlement information website


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