Solutia, Inc. cleanup

Solutia, Inc. will begin a second removal of contaminated surface soil containing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, at an Anniston, Alabama site, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency….

Solutia, Inc. will begin a second removal of contaminated surface soil containing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, at an Anniston, Alabama site, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Under an October agreement with the EPA, Solutia agreed to remove contaminated surface soil from properties where PCB concentrations are 10 parts per million, or higher. In a press release on 7 March, the EPA said 23 properties have been identified for a removal action, to date. A circuit judge said an independent panel of scientists would help decide how to continue with a court-ordered cleanup of pollution from an Alabama plant that made PCBs. Monsanto Co. operated the Anniston plant, which produced PCBs until the chemical was banned in the early 1970s as a suspected cancer-causing agent. In 1997, Monsanto spun off Solutia, which became the operator of the Anniston factory. The companies were sued on 2 Agust 2001 by 1,984 plaintiffs who allegedly live or lived in the areas near the Anniston plant or regularly visited the area, and were allegedly exposed to PCBs from the plant.