BG part of settlement in herbicide lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 January 2013 10:43
This Feb. 7, 2007, file photo shows the Basel, Switzerland, headquarters and logo of the chemical-maker Syngenta. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas, File)
Bowling Green has received $237,068 as part of a class-action lawsuit against a manufacturer of the herbicide atrazine that found its way into municipal water systems across the country.
The money is part of a $65 million settlement with Swiss-based Syngenta, the largest manufacturer of the weed killer. About 1,100 municipalities are sharing the money.
BG's Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said check has been deposited in the water treatment plant revenue fund, which is used to fund operations.
O'Connell said the city was notified of the class action settlement last summer and filed paperwork.
"No one thought we would get this much money. We got an e-mail last week that we would be getting a check and we did," he said.
Columbus received $3.1 million and Lima received $227,000.
The Lima News reported that one Lima official had told another at the time that city filed the paperwork that he would buy a certain hamburger for every $10 that city received, not believing the check would amount to anything substantial.
"We had not water quality violations because of the atrizine,"  O'Connell said. "The city's water always met or exceeded EPA permit requirements. There was no concern with the water."
The city has spent millions of dollars in the past 15 years upgrading its water treatment plant on the Maumee River. The most recent projects involved upgrading pumping stations and installing a membrane filtration system.
O'Connell said the membrane system will help the city met upcoming EPA guidelines on trihalomethanes in the water. Trihalomethanes are a byproduct of using chlorine to disinfect water. They result from the reaction of chlorine with organic matter in water being treated.

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