This is Eileen Wray-McCann for Circle of Blue. And this is What’s Up with Water, your “need-to-know news” of the world’s water, made possible by support from people like you.
In the United States, the chemical company Bayer announced settlements in lawsuits alleging that its weed killers caused damage to humans and the environment. Bayer will pay roughly $9 billion to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits that claimed the popular herbicide Roundup causes cancer. The agreement includes $400 million to settle crop damage claims related to the weed killer called die-camba and $650 million for water contamination linked to PCBs. The company will set aside more than a billion dollars to cover future litigation. Three cases are not covered in the settlement. They allege health damage from Roundup that have gone to trial and are now in the appeals process. Roundup, paired with genetically modified seeds, is a staple of commodity agriculture. But the weed killer is also used in products marketed for lawns and gardens.
Eileen Wray-McCann is a writer, director and narrator who co-founded Circle of Blue. During her 13 years at Interlochen Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate in Northern Michigan, Eileen produced and hosted regional and national programming. She’s won Telly Awards for her scriptwriting and documentary work, and her work with Circle of Blue follows many years of independent multimedia journalistic projects and a life-long love of the Great Lakes. She holds a BA and MA radio and television from the University of Detroit. Eileen is currently moonlighting as an audio archivist and enjoys traveling through time via sound.