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Agent Orange Deformities
Middle aged gentleman stands at the cathedral entrance seeking money while he shows his severe arm
deformity most likely related to agent orange exposure when he was in gestation and his pregnant mother
was exposed to the defoliating chemical, dioxin. It was frequently used during the Vietnam war from 1965
to 1970 and caused many deformities similar to this, to the Asian population of this area. Saigon(Ho Chi
Minh City), Vietnam, SE Asia (Photo by Emilio Labrador)

Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.


By Christina Sarich
The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the funds were to be spent.

The settlement will require Monsanto to do the following:
  • $9 million will be spent to clean dioxin contaminated dust from 4500 homes.
  • $21 million will be spent to test to see if people have been poisoned with dioxin.
  • Citizens will be monitored for such poisoning for 30 years, not just a few months.
  • An additional $63 million is to be allotted if additional tests for dioxin contamination testing is necessary.

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