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Syngenta settles atrazine cleanup suit

Fri, 25 May 2012 12:06:09 CDT
By: AP

Swiss chemicals maker Syngenta says it is offering $105 million to settle a U.S. lawsuit over one of its herbicides entering southern Illinois water supplies. Syngenta says it is waiting for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to approve a settlement agreed with plaintiffs. The eight-year-old case was brought by community water systems who wanted Syngenta to pay for the weed killer atrazine to be filtered from their supplies. Syngenta says it settled ``in order to end the business uncertainty'' and avoid further legal costs. The company said in a statement that atrazine is used in over 60 countries and meets safety requirements.

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