The Devil We Know unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time. A group of citizens in West Virginia take on DuPont after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical used in Teflon kitchenware – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the air and public water supply. They file one of the largest class action lawsuits in the history of environmental law.As the residents of Parkersburg, WV rise up against the forces that polluted their town, the story builds out to dozens of other American cities. In fact, as many as 110 million Americans may be drinking water tainted with PFAS chemicals. Exposure to this class of chemicals has even become a global phenomenon, spreading to places like Italy, the Netherlands, and China.Parkersburg is ground zero for this story, but this clearly is not about one place or one chemical: because of the power of the chemical lobby, PFOA is one of more than 80,000+ untested chemicals that have been approved for use, their dangers unknown.
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Presented as part of the monthly Environmental Film Series, which is made free to the public through the ongoing partnership of the Havre de Grace Green Team and the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. All film screenings are held inside the Maritime Museum’s main gallery, and will be immediately followed by a discussion.