The city of Columbus is getting 1-point-3 million dollars out of the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer of an herbicide that ended up in the municipal water supply.
Swiss-based Syngenta, the largest manufacturer of the weed killer atrazine, was ordered to pay a total of 65 million dollars to 11-hundred municipalities for the cost of removing the chemical from drinking water. The contamination is blamed on farm runoff. City officials say levels of atrazine did not approach the limits set by the U.S. EPA. Other cities getting settlment money include Lima, Delaware, and Westerville.