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Village of Hammond receives money from atrazine settlement

Hammond recently received $5,286.72 in a class action lawsuit settlement. The money is Hammond's piece of a $105 million settlement of a lawsuit over the chemical atrazine. The money is to reimburse the village for the cost of removing the chemical from the community water system.

A trace amount of atrazine was found in Hammond's water system in 1999, said Hammond Village Attorney Tim Scott. He said this qualified Hammond for compensation under the lawsuit.

The case was begun in 2004 by the law firms of Korein Tillery of St. Louis, Mo., and Baron & Budd of Dallas representing water providers across the country against Syngenta, an atrazine manufacturer based in Switzerland.

Atrazine is a chemical commonly found in fertilizer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's website (, atrazine can be a health hazard at certain concentrations and certain levels of exposure.

Scott said he and the village board are pleased with the outcome of the suit. He said joining the suit was a simple process. The village received an email, giving notice Hammond could potentially join the suit. Scott then filed Hammond's claim documentation online.

There were 1,085 water systems involved in the suit, including Hammond and Roberts. Roberts was awarded a $13,075.25 settlement.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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