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“Dark Waters”: Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film



The new film “Dark Waters” tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott’s 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with “uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history,” and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitan areas including Miami, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. The so-called forever chemicals are linked to cancer, high cholesterol and decreased fertility, and they do not break down in the environment. We speak with attorney Robert Bilott, who has just published a new book titled “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont.” He is portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in the Hollywood film “Dark Waters.” We’re also joined by Tim Robbins, Academy Award-winning actor and director, who plays Bilott’s boss at his law firm in “Dark Waters.”

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  • Thank you for all you have done. God bless …

    randell32 April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Great movie about a true hero.

    R. Gauci April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • These chemical companies are like this only they dont give a shit about
    anything union carbide is also one of them what they did in india is a
    sin, god is watching how they ruin lives of 1.5 lakh people

    Lokesh Karmakar April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • These chemical companies are like this only they dont give a shit about
    anything union carbide is also one of them what they did in india is a
    sin, god is watching how they ruin lives of 1.5 lakh people

    Lokesh Karmakar April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Hero

    Lin OVE3 April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • They know its posion, they still pour it in, well done

    Hermes Chen April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • people in america has to stop drinking water from taps. Either they buy bottled waters or buy a water purifying machine. I can't believe people are still so oblivious to the fact that the public water system can be poisoned without notice and in the end citizens won't get shit.

    OH YOUNG JIN GENIUS April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • How about the company Calphalon cookware? They used teflon in their pans for decades. They had to know about its effects so why are they not held responsible too? One other concern I have is that ceramic cookware, like Greenpan, is replacing teflon in kitchens across the country but is it any healthier?

    davidhunternyc April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • This is how we will end up! limited liability, imagine developed countries are managing this now,,,,, look up who are the biggest polluters atm!!!

    Stephen Taylor April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Playing with chemicals we test for 100 years in a system with life designed over god zillions of years and God zillions of dimensions is probably like rolling the dice in the devil's casino sort of unpredictable.

    Chris Rath April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • He’s alive.. spoiler…

    Scott Davis April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Dupont, Monsanto, or Bayer?!

    Which is really the most evil company on the planet?
    Bayer once sold AIDS tainted vaccines and worked with/for the Nazis.

    Great White7 April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Is Teflon cancer causing

    Guang Yang April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • The fact that DuPont is still in business is appalling but goes to show how corrupt our politicians are who accept their bribes and continue to do their bidding at the expense of public health. Any civil moral country would completely shut down a company like DuPont. Seeing the slanted eye dude in Dark Waters made my stomach sick. Their shitty man-made chemicals have done enough harm and they refused to take responsibility for decades. They buy the most expensive lawyers and pay politicians to protect these slimy businessmen. They need to be shutdown and cease from ever doing business in the United States. That would be the only justice!

    xele fonte April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Yet nothing ever happens

    Chillychese April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • A Decent man fighting a goliath, with a capital G

    Dave Ind April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • I saw "Dark Waters". That and "The Report" are the most important Hollywood films of the year by far.

    Roy Hurst April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • He should be the next President! Thank you for caring about us, the middle class

    M V April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • As bad as it may seem to add his name to this conversation. The Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, was right about technology. And mans rush to move forward at all costs. And they called him crazy? Humans are now totally reliant on a system & way of life, that will kill them. Technology.

    Nobody is willing to go back in time, to save themselves. Now THAT is INSANITY! What if like Climate Change? 5G is just as bad as Scientists also say it is?

    Troy Turton April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Man messing with chemicals, trying to play God. Will kill us all if Climate Change doesn't get us first, if Trump doesn't start WW3 first!

    Troy Turton April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Please look deeper into the telecom corporations and 5G/ smart meters/LED surveillance street lights. I see no videos about all the protesting going on globally. Curiously, Greta Thunberg's team never addresses this.

    Linda Southern April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • The comment about pre-EPA is pretty much irrelevant as the EPA regulations have gone from weak to even weaker under the current administration. If you look the information up for yourself (which is exactly what everyone needs to do!) it will scare you, and hopefully, you'll be alarmed enough that you'll begin to investigate and understand just how much the dept. has been harmed, how at risk we ALL are, and you'll begin to take a greater interest in the more important things in life, e.g. politics, as this is just one of the numerous poisons we're ingesting without a shred of oversight.

    Dawn Lauryn April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Do you have a direct link for the EWG Map? I visit their site regularly but haven't run across this.

    Dawn Lauryn April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • I watched this movie Dark Waters recently, and all I can think about is where can I buy cast iron skillets and pots. I've been buying tfal pots because I thought they were safer than Teflon. I did some Google research. I found out that nearly the same chemical is in those too. (related) Then I looked up and found out nearly all non-stick cookware has these related chemicals in them. It says if you overheat the pans then the tfal / Teflon chemicals get in the air and cause flu like symptoms. It's on stain resistant clothes and carpets. It's in Goretex clothes, it's in WD40. How many of us have just breathed that stuff in when spraying it (by accident)? How many times have you overcooked your non-stick pots? How many of you buy fast food french fries in the grease free cardboard boxes? Everything I read in the website links pretty much are saying, "oh this is all safe now, not to worry, just don't overheat your pots". Scary that it's difficult not to be lied to.

    Simillogically Speaking April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Wanna scream!?

    John Rossi April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Dupont, Monsanto and lots of other companies where given the keys to do anything in ww2 and in the cold war on government contract. They shifted their ability to do anything to anyone anytime to making as much money as possible regardless of the consequences. Essentially its fascism of the variety where corporations are in charge beyond incumbents term limits and the neoliberalism ideal means they try to look friendly and compliant to epa laws that are insufficient but dont care if they poison people to make a profit.

    VACUI VIBE April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Imma watch it right now

    Ali Ataya April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Fuck! goddamn corporate greed!!

    Carlos Danger April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • DuPont; Monsanto; Exxon; BP; Goldman Sachs; JP Morgan Chase; Merck; Purdue Pharma; JR Reynolds; Cigna; Blue Cross blue shield, etc. Tell me what corporation is left that is not harming the population in some way? We live in a surreal nightmare where corporations are Kings.

    1LaOriental April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Maybe this chemical also got into the vaccines. That would explain how vaccines cause autism.

    /s

    Dejay Rezme April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • The film Dark Waters is truly shocking.Chemical company staff and the unions who represent them need to find the courage to stand up and take responsibility – even if the owners and shareholders don’t.
    The lawyer has set an admirable example.

    daiu48 April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • 🖤

    sumgirl79 April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • American corporate culture – all the matters is my stock price. The entire point of a corporation is to avoid responsibility for your actions.

    Wesley Sandel April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • teflon is showing up in womens breastmilk when tested.

    Ubi Poly April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Another reason Americans need universal healthcare
    Medicare for all Americans

    Laura Lafauve April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Blaming the company or man for something the GOVERNMENT allowed ad knew was going on. Companies are protected by capitalism and money.

    ไมเคิล Mike การหายใจ April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Superb film. Interesting though. You have two highly respected actors, both give Oscar worthy performances, then Todd Haynes, a highly respected director of Far From Heaven, Carol, etc., but this is about the multi-national DuPont. Notice how they made the film disappear and of course, it's the first Todd Haynes film since his slew of Oscar nominated films to be totally ignored.  One guess why…..

    James Harris April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Did you see all the contamination in Michigan? We are just a bunch of guinea pigs!

    Amy Jones April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Oh it is not a coincidence that 2 Bernie Sanders supporters get together in this amazing movie. I think only with Bernie Sanders as president this case can be safely investigated – any other politician would just get paid off by the pharmaceutical industry. Imagine Biden lol … hilarious … American non Americans – democrats and non voters we have to all unite to get Bernie Sanders elected to save what is left to save … Tim Robbins if you read this – is there any transcript of your amazing speech you gave at Venice beach ?

    Michael Perin Wogenburg April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Loved the movie! THANK YOU!

    Irene Nabizadeh April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Great I live in Charleston, WV down from Dupont. Well guess I'm getting cancer. Didn't even know this happened. Jeez three years ago we had the MCHM spill into our drinking water. WV is a hellscape.

    Sam Tallarico April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • It's in your hydrology cycle a free radical particulate that's literally dismantling the planet,at the microscopic level.

    James Michael Campbell April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Who was this man , who revealed it, surely no cia guy. Is it maybe this man called green-river killer- nickname Gary Ridghway?

    Marta Twardowska April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • If I as a citizen kill as Dupont kills, I would be locked up for the rest of my life. My rights would be reduced to 4 walls and nothing else. Yet a Corporation lives on, the investors continue with returns on their investment. This is a perversion of rights, we lock up/kill humans, and corporations continue to provide a return on investments.

    Peace April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • Close DuPont down. Here, environmental urgency (like in all cases) should take precedence over profits.

    KootFloris April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • DuPont has been Killing People and Wildlife since I was a Teenager. (I’m 61) and From Canada to boot! So if I knew about this and was Taught about it, then Americans have no Excuse for not being aware of it. This is Not a NEW Story⁉️ Americans just Don’t want to See, Hear or Care .

    Laurie Huntley April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • People researching a cure for cancer while we kill ourselves. Hilarious.

    James MT April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply
  • The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off

    Lee Edwards April 12, 2020 12:58 pm Reply

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