“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 8:12 pm Reply
  • Great movie about a true hero.

    R. Gauci April 12, 2020 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 pm Reply
  • Hero

    Lin OVE3 April 12, 2020 8:12 pm Reply
  • They know its posion, they still pour it in, well done

    Hermes Chen April 12, 2020 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 pm Reply
  • He’s alive.. spoiler…

    Scott Davis April 12, 2020 8:12 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 8:12 pm Reply
  • Is Teflon cancer causing

    Guang Yang April 12, 2020 8:12 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 8:12 pm Reply
  • Yet nothing ever happens

    Chillychese April 12, 2020 8:12 pm Reply
  • A Decent man fighting a goliath, with a capital G

    Dave Ind April 12, 2020 8:12 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 8:12 pm Reply
  • He should be the next President! Thank you for caring about us, the middle class

    M V April 12, 2020 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 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 8:12 pm Reply

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