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Evansville to get $374,000 for herbicide in water

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The city of Evansville will receive about $374,000 under a settlement of a class action lawsuit targeting a Swiss company that makes the herbicide Atrazine.

Evansville’s Water and Sewer Utility department said the city’s share of the settlement will reimburse it for costs associated with removing the weedkiller from the city’s tap water. The southwestern Indiana city was one of 1,085 plaintiffs that sued Switzerland-based Syngenta Crop Protection.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports ( that city officials said the settlement funds will be placed in its general fund to support the city’s water filtration plant.

Utility officials said the herbicide commonly used to kill weeds in corn fields and other crops frequently runs off cropland into waterways or seeps into groundwater that are sources of drinking water.