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Korein Tillery Takes Herbicide Atrazine Case to the Court of Public Opinion
Date:4/21/2009

ST. LOUIS, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- For Steve Tillery of the law firm of Korein Tillery, the threat of the herbicide Atrazine to our environment and the health of every citizen of America is a cause he's ready to take on. "This issue is much bigger than a case in a court of law. This issue belongs in the court of Public Opinion; the people deserve and have a right to demand clean and uncontaminated water. Any compromise to that right is unacceptable," Tillery says.

Tillery is referring to a complaint filed by his firm in August of 2004 against six manufacturers of Atrazine on behalf of Holiday Shores Sanitary District which is a community located west of Edwardsville, Illinois. The two basic principals of the complaint are: 1) Atrazine is harmful to humans as consumed through dietary water , and 2) Atrazine is harmful to humans as consumed through dietary water at a level of less than three parts per billion (it is important to note that the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) goals for Atrazine has been set at 3 parts per billion (ppb) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who believes that this level of protection does not cause health risks to public water systems). The defendants in each of the six actions sought to dismiss the case in part because Plaintiffs sought damages for water contamination falling below EPA contamination guidelines. However, on July 5, 2008 in a landmark decision, the Illinois Circuit Court ruled that Plaintiffs could proceed with their claims and denied defendant's motions to dismiss. The cases are currently pending in the Third Judicial Circuit of Illinois.

"We're calling on the manufacturers of Atrazine to protect the public and clean-up their mess," Tillery says. Tillery points to Syngenta, a company based in Basel, Switzerland who is the largest manufacturer of Atrazine (over 90%) in the world. Available data shows that Syngenta's reported revenue from herbicides, inc
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