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Poisoned Water & Corporate Greed: Robert Bilott in Conversation
Robert Bilott is an outstanding environmental lawyer from the United States, who has uncovered the world-wide impact of contamination by a group of “forever chemicals” known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that accumulate in the environment and in living things, including people. With a combination of innovative litigation, scientific understanding, and extraordinary perseverance, Bilott has achieved one of the most significant victories for environmental law and corporate accountability to date.

In a legal battle lasting over two decades, Bilott represented 70,000 people living near Parkersburg, West Virginia, whose drinking water had been contaminated with a toxic “forever chemical,” known as PFOA, released by the chemical giant DuPont. Expanding upon the concept of class-action litigation, Bilott eventually obtained over 1 billion US dollars in benefits for the victims, including direct cash settlements for thousands of disease victims, totalling over 753 million US dollars, and on-going medical monitoring for those exposed.

Free and open to the public.
Hosted by the Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.

Nov 30, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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