As a result of the $105 million settlement of a class action lawsuit over atrazine, the City of Cameron has received $274,785.51 to help reimburse the costs of removing the weed killer from its community water system. Atrazine is sprayed on corn and other crops and frequently runs off of fields and into waterways used as drinking water sources.
The City of Cameron acted as one of the class representatives for the suit that was settled last October. Since 2004 the St. Louis law firm of Korein Tillery and the Dallas firm of Barron & Budd have represented water providers across the country against Syngenta, the world’s largest atrazine manufacturer, based in Switzerland. Cameron was one of 1,085 water systems, providing water to nearly 37 million people, to benefit from this settlement. Individual amounts were calculated based on the contamination history of the claimants. The Cameron settlement was necessary, because of the history of treatment for atrazine, which the City’s water treatment plant successfully removed in the treatment plant process over many years.
The settlement was meant to help reimburse communities for past expenses associated with the removal of atrazine. According to lead attorney Stephen M. Tillery the percentage of participation by class members was unprecedented. “Every cent of the settlement fund will be distributed to class members,” Tillery said. “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.”