W.Va. judge to mull final OK in Monsanto suit

WINFIELD (AP) — A judge will decide whether to give final approval to a $93 million settlement between chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. and thousands of West Virginia residents.

The Charleston Gazette reports a hearing is set to begin Monday in Putnam County on the Feb. 24 settlement reached with residents who said Monsanto polluted their community by burning waste from production of the defoliant Agent Orange.

Monsanto has agreed to pay up to $84 million for medical monitoring and $9 million to clean up 4,500 homes. Monsanto also agreed to pay legal fees.

The Nitro plant produced herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals. The production of Agent Orange created dioxin as a toxic chemical byproduct.

Dioxin has been linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, infertility and suppressed immune functions.

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