The company Monsanto had been dumping toxic waste into an Anniston creek. Their managers discovered the damage the company’s waste had done to the environment, but kept it hidden from the public.
The factory had been producing industrial coolants, known as PCBs, which are now banned. These PCBs had been polluting the water, the soil and the people in the affected area. The company hid the truth for four decades, even after finding proof time and time again about the high level of toxic pollution, just because they couldn’t bear the thought of losing their lucrative income.
Numerous lawsuits followed after people discovered what the company had been hiding for decades. In 2003 Monsanto had to pay around $300 million settlement in lawsuits, filed by people in Alabama whose environment had been highly polluted.
The company is well known not only for its agriculture industry, but also for numerous lawsuits in which Monsanto has been taking part as both a plaintiff and a defendant.