Separate lawsuits have been filed by a group of individuals who live in or by Sauget, Illinois against Cerro Flow Products, Inc., Pharmacia Corporation, Solutia, Inc., Pfizer and Monsanto AG Products over the release of hazardous substances including PCBs, dioxins and furans into the environment for more than seven decades.
Plaintiffs allege that as a result of the exposure to the PCBs, they or their relatives developed life-threatening diseases including cancer. The lawsuit states that deadly substances have been released through smokestack emissions, smoke from waste pile fires and airborne releases, and that the defendants knew of and attempted to conceal the risks and contamination from the public.
The lawsuits state that the Monsanto Facility produced, stored and disposed of PCBs at its W.G. Krummrich Plant, and that nearby Cerro drained wastewater and PCB oil into a local creek and buried other substances on its land. The lawsuits also claims that millions of tons of toxic substances where disposed of in the Sauget and Co. landfill.
The lawsuit claims negligence, wrongful death, strict liability, battery and willful and wanton misconduct. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $300,000, punitive damages, costs and court decided relief.