The city of Grand Island has received a share in the settlement of a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of weed killer atrazine.
The city was awarded $38,000 for its share as dictated by the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Illinois, where the case was litigated.
Atrazine was used widely throughout the Midwest to help control weeds in corn crops. The product was useful as a weed killer, but also contaminated water after seeping into the water table.
scientific testing and utility customer data, City Attorney Bob Sivick and
Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger prepared a claim on behalf of the Grand
Island which was approved by the Honorable J. Phil Gilbert at a hearing held in
The Utilities Department was able to find the presence of atrazine in water samples taken throughout the year. The water continues to be monitored to make sure the levels of atrazine do not pose a public health risk.
Sivick stated, "I am pleased to
receive these funds on behalf of the city of Grand Island as compensation for
potential additional expenses resulting from the contamination of the city's
water supply from atrazine. The city's administration and its Utilities
and Legal Departments are committed to insuring the people of Grand Island and
its water utility customers always have a reliable source of safe, clean
The Annual Water Report can be found on
the city's website.