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West Virginia Area Dark Waters Virtual Conversation - Shared screen with speaker view
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
35:28
Welcome everyone! Where are you joining from?
Pat Holobaugh
35:40
Maryland
Jennifer Lee
35:49
Bluemont, Virginia
Rebecca Phillips
35:51
Marietta, Ohio
Linda Blake
35:51
Morgantown, WV
Jeffrey Farr
35:56
Connecticut
Daniel Renfrew
36:02
Morgantown, WV
Charming Evelyn-Sierra Club CA
36:10
Los Angeles, California
Dennis Hatcher
36:12
Good evenining all!
Donna Lyman
36:17
Columbia, MD
Rie Wilson
36:21
Shepherdstown, WV but I was born and raised in Parkersburg!!
Mike G.
37:06
Wheeling, WV
andreapfalzgraf
37:24
Williamstown, WV
Maggie Louden
37:27
Maggie Louden The Eastern Panhandle WV
cmcculloug
37:29
Frederick, MD
Rebecca Phillips
38:59
For anyone who does not know Callie, she is a genuine hero.
Steve Holbert
39:07
Wood County, WV
Rie Wilson
40:41
This movie was very difficult for me to watch. I’m from Parkersburg. My best friend was the DuPont Plant Manager while Teflon was made. Were any officers prosecuted?
Amanda Chen
40:49
Thank you Sonya. Thank you Rob
Rebecca Phillips
42:04
Rie Wilson, I had friends (now deceased) who worked with Teflon and Gore-Tex.
Rie Wilson
47:07
I meant my best friend’s father was the Plant Manager.
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
47:30
Check out Rob’s new book “Exposure: Poisoned water, corporate greed, and one lawyer’s 20-year battle against DuPont” here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Exposure/Robert-Bilott/9781501172823
Donna Lyman
48:58
This film is available but you have to pay for this - how can it be shared so that it gains a wider audience with the "free available" users?
Charming Evelyn-Sierra Club CA
49:18
It's on Netflix
Donna Lyman
50:12
I'll try searching for it again - my bad! I was just asking 'the google'
Karl, Soil4Climate
51:43
My uncle, who lived in Parkersburg, WV, died from cancer he developed as a result of exposure to C-8 in his drinking water.
Steve Holbert
52:28
I know several nonlocal workers that watched The Devil We Know to research the plant prior to coming to work there this fall, so even outside of the area it's being advertised and learned about
Rie Wilson
53:00
Bucky, great cameo in the movie.
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
53:14
More info about the Devil We Know, which is now available on Netflix: https://thedevilweknow.com/
Rie Wilson
54:03
Where was the movie filmed?
Sora Friedman
55:46
Hi Rie, I just looked it up, in Cincinnati apparently.
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
56:54
If you have any questions for the panelists, feel free to submit those in the chat. We’ll have some time for Q&A in a minute.
Rie Wilson
57:44
This movie was very difficult for me to watch. I’m from Parkersburg. My best friend’s father was the DuPont Plant Manager while Teflon was made. Were any officers prosecuted?
Sonya Lunder (Sierra Club)
57:54
Remember to type in questions for Rob, Bucky and Callie here
Robert
59:07
Do you thing that the USEPA will ever set an MCL for any of the PFAS?
Steve Holbert
59:50
What are some of the other major forever chemicals that are as widespread and deeply imbedded as C8?
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
01:00:16
Callie’s book “Stain-Resistant, Non Stick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8”https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/349952.Stain_Resistant_Nonstick_Waterproof_and_Lethal
Aileen Curfman
01:00:57
For Bucky Bailey: How did you advocate for the community? Did you testify before WV DEP and EPA? Reach out to the community?
Linda Blake
01:04:32
Comment: Chemical industry employees could not ask questions of Union Carbide in the Kanawha Valley even with an undeniable high rate of cancer. Miners could not ask questions of Pittston Coal before the Buffalo Creek flood. It’s heart breaking for a West Virginia native to see years and years of this struggle between earning a working wage and risking your health.
Daniel Renfrew
01:04:37
To Rob Bilott: At the end of Exposure, you talk about launching a class action suit against 8 chemical companies on behalf of all Americans. Can you update us on this?
Robert
01:05:07
Rob - do you think that GenX will be as big a pollution problem as C-8?
Stephanie Hysmith
01:05:30
WV was not the only state involved. I followed this religiously from SE Ohio where I was both shocked by DuPont's callous attitude and by WV's complacency.
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
01:06:11
Take Action at sc.org/pfas to Tell EPA: Stop Deadly PFAS Manufacturing and Emissions, Make DuPont, Chemours, & 3M Pay!
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
01:07:22
EWG map of contaminated drinking water: https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/pfas_contamination/map/
Mike G.
01:07:24
What is outlook for medical monitoring cases not only in WV but across US.
Karl, Soil4Climate
01:08:29
Can PFOA/PFOS be broken down by high-temperature incineration, phytoremediation, or mycoremediation? Is there any way to destroy it?
Rebecca Phillips
01:08:57
Another danger to the Mid-Ohio Valley: we are the proposed site of a petrochemical storage hub that has strong political support at both the federal and state levels.
Robert
01:11:20
Rob, do you think that the "precautionary principle" should be adopted in the U.S. , as in Europe?
Sonya Lunder (Sierra Club)
01:15:03
@Karl - Sierra Club is suing the Department of Defense to stop its incineration of PFAS waste - we believe there is no proof that incinerators can safely break down the compounds - but instead pass pollution to neighboring communities
Linda Blake
01:15:16
Rob, did the film accurately depict your law firms react to your taking on this case?
Stephanie Hysmith
01:17:41
The WV Legislation had a response to the film during their last session. Rather than make this film mandatory for every school in the state, they dismissed it as making WV appear stupid.
Callie Lyons
01:17:54
If anyone deserves to be played by The Incredible Hulk, it's Rob Bilott
Roz Eiler
01:18:22
I’m really aware of the WV karst topography which is under siege from so many companies!!
Callie Lyons
01:18:28
Many people in our community did not hear this story until it was told by an Avenger!
Dennis Hatcher
01:18:38
Is there filtration that remove a percentage of these chemicals from the water supply?
Callie Lyons
01:19:21
Granular activated carbon is used in six filtration systems constructed for the impacted communities by DuPOnt
Dennis Hatcher
01:19:42
Thanks
Robert
01:20:23
Carbon used is by Calgon - Filtersorb600
Callie Lyons
01:20:46
Calgon take me away!
Sonya Lunder (Sierra Club)
01:21:59
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/17/chemicals-found-in-everyday-products-could-hinder-covid-19-vaccine
Giulia
01:22:36
A company called Hydroviv has a filter that removes these chemicals from water confirmed by according t
Steve Holbert
01:22:45
Yes, I grew up less than 1500 feet from one of those filtration system buildings. It was built within last 5 years, 8 years after I moved
Giulia
01:23:09
oops study by Duke Univ
Amelia Walker
01:25:14
Rob,I have no idea why we believe corporations are benevolent. The film was especially gripping for me. My father was a DuPont employee who became ill in 1962. He was treated for pneumonia and died in 1963 of lung cancer at the age of 38. For his last few months, he was moved to an area outside of Joe Keiger's father's office. My mother believed that it was due to asbestos. I was born two months after his passing.I could not leave the seat of the theater when the film ended.Am I able to investigate for the sake of my children and their peace of mind?Grateful for your diligence!Amelia Walker
cmcculloug
01:26:04
Is there a Facebook site to follow this story and learn how we can be involved?
Sonya Lunder (Sierra Club)
01:29:41
@cmcculloug Participant Media has a webpage with info about Dark Waters. Sierra Club has a petition to EPA to take action on PFAS == sc.org/pfas
Claire Cornetta
01:31:07
www.fightforeverchemicals.com
Steve Holbert
01:31:26
Callie, Is the radioactive repository at the former GE/Sabic plant?
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
01:31:38
You can follow Sierra Club West Virginia for state environmental news and updates: https://www.facebook.com/sierraclub.westvirginia
Callie Lyons
01:31:54
Steve, it is very near that site.
Bucky Bailey
01:32:05
Environmental Working Group on Facebook
Stephanie Hysmith
01:32:12
Thank for you all for keeping up the good fight!
Claire Cornetta
01:32:17
Thank you all so much!
Jennifer Lee
01:32:18
Thank you ALL so much for joining this wonderful discussion. You are heroes!
Justin Uebelhor - Sierra Club
01:32:20
Thanks to everyone for tuning in!
Chris Craig
01:32:35
Thanks so much for sharing the show and for the work of all you who spoke tonight!
Charlotte Fremaux
01:32:41
thank you!