The village of Groesfaen used to be a quaint, though prospering UK town near Wales, but the waters of a nearby quarry started turning bright orange, and a vile smell began emanating from the stream that flowed from the 36-foot deep quarry. After town residents and the owner of the quarry requested an investigation years ago, Monsanto was found to be illegally dumping cancerous PCBs, dioxins, and Agent Orange constituents from a plant in Barton Williams into the Groesfaen’s water supply.
The chemicals had corroded their containers and were leaching into the soil. The toxins were dumped into the Brofiscin quarry between 1965 and 1972, and are still coming into contact with an aquifer that is today destined to be the city’s main water supply source. This noxious chemical dump will affect more than 350,000 people. The town’s people claim that the city council has been aware of the issue for decades, but has done nothing about it. A consultant who monitors the quarry was asked his opinion on the matter, and he stated:
“There is evidence of not only negligence and utter incompetence, but [a] cover-up, and the problem has grown unchecked.”