Shell, Dow Sued for Adding Toxin to Pesticides to Cut Costs (1)

June 18, 2021, 4:56 PM

Pesticide makers including Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co. were accused in a lawsuit of disposing of a dangerous toxin by adding it to their products to avoid the cost of handling it as hazardous waste.

The toxin 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, has been found in the wells of the Sacramento Suburban Water District, which serves 182,000 customers in northeastern Sacramento County, according to the lawsuit filed by the district Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court.

The companies added TCP to nematicides -- wormkillers -- that they sold from the 1940s to the 1980s, even though it was unnecessary because ...

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