The city of Decatur’s share of a class-action settlement with the maker of the herbicide atrazine will total nearly $180,000.
Syngenta has agreed to a $105 million settlement, which is being divided among
more than 1,000 communities that have spent millions to filter the weed-killer
out of their drinking water.
The lawsuit claimed atrazine exposure could lead to health problems such as low
birth weights, birth defects and reproductive problems. The company has
countered that no one could be exposed to enough atrazine in water to affect
Decatur water management Director Keith Alexander says he was “pleasantly
surprised by the amount” the city will receive.
The Decatur Herald & Review reports the money represents a fraction of the $2 million annual cost of Decatur’s chemical water treatments.
-Associated Press, Herald & Review