Six Kansas cities have signed onto a
lawsuit against the maker of the weed killer atrazine.
A report states that the Kansas plaintiffs are
Marion, Dodge City, Plains, Carbondale, Oswego and the Miami County
Rural Water District No. 2. They are among 16 water systems in six
states asking Syngenta for more than $75,000 each to cover the
expense of treating water for atrazine.
Atrazine is a popular herbicide that has been used to kill
grasses and broadleaf weeds for decades. Its levels tend to spike
as atrazine-containing herbicides are applied during the spring
The lawsuit - filed in March in U.S. District Court in southern
Illinois - claims atrazine exposure has been linked to birth
defects, low birth weights and premature births