“These chemicals are not emerging, it’s our awareness that’s emerging,” Robert Bilott says. Bilott, a lawyer who exposed the fact that DuPont had been polluting the environment and drinking water with “forever chemicals” for decades—deserves credit for that fact. His story is the subject of a new book, Exposure, and the recent film Dark Waters, starring Mark Ruffalo. In this episode, he delves into pieces of that story, from the West Virginia farmer who first came to him for help with his sick cows to the ongoing battle to regulate and replace PFAS, which are now known to be linked to various health effects and are prevalent in soil, water, food packaging, and other consumer products around the world.

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