Okay, not Marvel's Hulk, but the actor who plays the Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, is starring alongside Anne Hathaway in a new movie titled "Dark Waters" which covers a true court case lead by attorney Rob Bilott against DuPont over PFAS contamination in Parkersburg, West Virginia over 20 years ago.
As a quick refresher, PFAS is a group of chemicals designed for non-stick pots & pans, waterproofing, firefighting, among other uses. They include PFOS & PFOA chemical groups and are known in the market by names such as "Teflon". These chemicals are described as "forever chemicals" meaning that they do not break down over time in the environment. Instead, they are persistent. The full extent of PFAS release in the environment is unknown, but groups such as EWG are conducting testing at sites around the country to bring awareness to the problem. PFAS chemicals are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and thyroid disease.
In the movie, which is a true story, Rob Bilott (played by Mark Ruffalo) takes on DuPont in court after learning that DuPont knowingly exposed its workers and an entire community in WV. "In fact, DuPont and other chemical companies have spend $30 million to try to stop Congress from taking action on these dangerous chemicals."
Here's how to take action:
Use EWG website to check for PFAS contamination in your community.
Join EWG's call for Congress to act on the PFAS situation.
Install PFAS filtering in your house (we installed an under sink Cerametix filter made by Aquacera, Made in the USA).
Go see the movie.
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