Companies await suit filed by Solutia, Pharmacia

posted on:
June 7, 2003

Sara Clemence


Several companies, including United Defense, Halliburton and Walter Industries, said Friday that they had not yet seen a complaint that alleges they are partly responsible for PCB pollution in the Anniston area and could not comment on it.

Solutia and Pharmacia filed suit against 19 companies Thursday, claiming that they contributed to PCB contamination, and should pay some of the multi-million dollar cleanup costs. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham.

“Our legal team has not had any opportunity to read the filing at this point,” said Judith Smeltzer, a spokeswoman for FMC Corporation. “However, we do not believe that FMC has any liability.”

Monsanto was the sole U.S. producer of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, until Congress banned the chemicals in the late 1970’s.

But the former Monsanto plaint in Anniston was not the sole source of the pollution here, the lawsuit alleges. Monsanto spun off Solutia in 1997 and was later bought by Pharmacia.

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