Cities and Towns in Illinois receiving $15 million from Atrazine Class Action Settlement Funds

Illinois Atrazine Settlement MapThe St. Louis law firm of Korein Tillery announced today that checks are now being received by water systems across the country in the final phase of a class action settlement with Syngenta, the largest manufacturer of the weed killer atrazine. (City of Greenville v. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., Case No.: 3:10-cv-00188-JPG-PMF)

There are 143 cities and towns in Illinois that filed claims to help recoup the cost of removing atrazine from their drinking water.   The minimum payment is $5,000, but most water districts will receive much more.  In Illinois, 46 will receive between $100,000 and $1.3 Million, with the state total exceeding $15 million.

The Swiss company Syngenta is the largest manufacturer of atrazine in the world. Although banned in Europe, atrazine continues to be heavily used in this country. A growing number of independent scientists in the United States are calling for tighter restrictions here too.

Stephen M. Tillery, senior partner of Korein Tillery, said, “Science has been fighting an uphill battle against giant pesticide manufacturers like Syngenta who claim that a little weed killer in your drinking water won’t hurt you. Independent scientists now believe, however, that even trace amounts can harm you and your children for generations to come.”

Tillery also said the percentage of participation by class members was unprecedented. “Every cent of the settlement fund will be distributed to class members. The scope of this settlement is enormous. These settlement funds will be used to help protect the health of millions of people across the country.”

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