Environmental Health

Judge Allows Pool Video, Audio Coverage of WV Monsanto Trial

In response to a request for live-streaming of the trial, the judge has expanded the gag order for the case, a class-action lawsuit seeking medical monitoring for people who may have been exposed to hazardous chemicals produced at Monsanto's former plant in Nitro, W.V.

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"Herpes, HIV Viruses Enter USA via Smuggled African Bushmeat"

"NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Evidence of retroviruses and herpes viruses in illegally imported wildlife meat products confiscated at U.S. international airports has been found using new technology known as DNA barcoding. This method uses a short genetic marker in an organism's DNA to identify it as belonging to a particular species."

Source: ENS, 01/11/2012

"Ruling Leaves Dioxin Cleanup Out of Monsanto Trial"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the trial begins in a major toxic pollution lawsuit against Monsanto Co., jurors won't be allowed to tackle a key issue: Should the company pay to clean up dioxin it allegedly spewed across the city of Nitro?

Experts won't testify about the need for property remediation. Lawyers won't argue about the issue. Jurors won't be asked to force Monsanto to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars such a project could cost.

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/10/2012


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