‘Ban forever chemicals now’, says PFAS lawyer

The US lawyer who won a $671m settlement from DuPont for knowingly poisoning an entire town has pleaded for all forms of polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) to be banned.

Speaking at an event in parliament yesterday, Rob Bilott described his two-decade fight for justice against the chemicals’ manufacturers. His initial fight against DuPont, provoked by the death of 190 cattle raised next to a PFAS-laden landfill site, is depicted in the new film Dark Waters. He subsequently found that the area around the factory that made Teflon precursor PFOA was heavily contaminated with the chemical, leading to cases of cancer and other serious illnesses.

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