Monsanto Jurors Decide If Nitro Residents Should Be Tested for Disease

"WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County jurors chosen to sit in the upcoming case against Monsanto, a former Nitro chemical plant, will have to decide whether thousands of current and former Nitro residents should be periodically tested for disease at the expense of the company."

"Residents alleged in a class-action lawsuit filed in 2004 that Monsanto unsafely dispersed dioxin, exposing them to unsafe levels of the toxic chemical.

The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring for at least 5,000 -- and perhaps as many as 80,000 -- current and former Nitro residents.

They are asking that Monsanto bear the cost of periodic medical testing to determine whether their exposure to the harmful chemicals caused any one or more of 12 different diseases, which they say are caused by exposure to dioxin. "

Kate White reports for the Charleston Gazette January 1, 2012.

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/03/2012