ASDWA Summer Book Club

July 2021’s discussion featured Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont by Robert Bilott

Mr. Bilott joined the ASDWA Book Club for a one hour discussion. Check out the video below:

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About the Book
Exposure is available at large book retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, but we encourage you to support local bookstores if possible. Many of you may be familiar with Exposure, the story that inspired Dark Waters, the major motion picture starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway.

Overview: Rob Bilott is a young lawyer specializing in helping big corporations stay on the right side of environmental laws and regulations. Then he gets a phone call from a West Virginia farmer named Earl Tennant, who is convinced the creek on his property is being poisoned by runoff from a neighboring DuPont landfill, causing his cattle and the surrounding wildlife to die in hideous ways. After intense legal wrangling, Rob ultimately gains access to hundreds of thousands of pages of DuPont documents, some of them fifty years old, that reveal the company has been holding onto decades of studies proving the harmful effects of a chemical called PFOA, used in making Teflon. The case of one farmer soon spawns a class action suit on behalf of seventy thousand residents—and the shocking realization that virtually every person on the planet has been exposed to PFOA and carries the chemical in his or her blood.