PFAS, short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances, were invented by the 3M Co. and used by DuPont in 1951 to produce the nonstick Teflon frying pan. Mr. Bilott said several scientific studies have exposed the corporate cover-up of PFAS’s lethal, carcinogenic legacy in Parkersburg where PFAS-contaminated water was discovered leaching out of a DuPont landfill and into public drinking water sources, and across the nation. featuring Phil Brown, Consumer Reports: Why Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Still Allowed in America’s Drinking Water featuring Alissa Cordner, Environmental Health News: Op-ed: PFAS chemicals—the other immune system threat by Phil Brown and colleagues, Study Coordinator for CDC-funded water contamination and health study, Next National PFAS Conference Postponed to June 2022, 2019 National PFAS Conference at Northeastern University This way he paved the way for a massive scientific study on the health effects of PFOA. They didn’t exist before World War II, Mr. Bilott said, but they’re called ‘forever chemicals’ because they stay in the environment forever. In subsequent decades, PFAS in various related forms were used to make water-, grease- and stain-repellent coatings for a wide array of consumer and industrial products. And that points to how important public involvement is,’ Mr. Bilott said in a speech to about 100 people virtually attending the Women For a Healthy Environment’s 10th anniversary program Wednesday evening. The study by an expert panel of toxicologists lasted over 7 years. In 2017, Bilott won a $670 million settlement for 3,500 community members whose water had been contaminated with PFOA and suffered linked diseases because of a … To date Rob has secured benefits in excess of $1 billion for a wide array of firm clients adversely impacted by PFAS contamination, including through key leadership positions in the nation’s first class action, personal injury, medical monitoring, and multi-district litigations, and jury trials involving PFAS. It found a probable link between drinking PFOA and kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pre-eclampsia, and ulcerative colitis. Mr. Bilott, a former corporate attorney whose battle with DuPont about pervasive PFAS contamination in Parkersburg, W.Va., inspired the recent movie ‘Dark Waters,’ believes efforts to control the next generation of “forever chemicals” will go faster and be more successful. Read the full article by Don Hopey (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) “Rob Bilott says It took decades for the public, regulators and courts to recognize and begin to fix the environmental and public health problems caused by PFAS, a group of man-made chemicals found on nonstick cookware, waterproof jackets, and, increasingly, in air, water, soils and the blood of newborns nationwide. ‘PFAS have caused unprecedented worldwide pollution with serious public health impacts.’. Bilott’s newest lawsuit, as with his prior cases, alleges that these companies knew for decades that PFAS chemicals, specifically PFOA, could be linked to serious health problems… Bilott achieved a class-action settlement with DuPont in 2004, part of which paid for a six-year health study. – Presentations, Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Banning Incineration of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAs in Certain New York Cities, PFAS in Michigan (courtesy of Michigan Radio), Why Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Still Allowed in America’s Drinking Water, Op-ed: PFAS chemicals—the other immune system threat, 2019 National PFAS Conference at Northeastern University. Those studies have linked PFAS chemicals to testicular, kidney, liver and pancreatic cancers, weakened childhood immunity, low birth-weight babies, endocrine disruption and high cholesterol. In 2005, Bilott's work resulted in an EPA case brought against DuPont that they settled for $16.5 million, less than 2% of the profits they made on PFOAs that year. ‘There’s now a much broader public awareness out there because communities are sharing stories and recognizing they are seeing similar problems. Rob Bilott says It took decades for the public, regulators and courts to recognize and begin to fix the environmental and public health problems caused by … – Videos Read the full article by Don Hopey (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). ‘They don’t break down. According to the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, PFAS are found in the blood of 99% of Americans…”, Join the mailing list to receive updates in PFAS science, regulation, and activism, How The North Carolina GOP Has Undermined Cleanup Of ‘Forever Chemicals’, PFAS in food: EFSA assesses risks and sets tolerable intake, Study: Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Likely Discharged Near Schools in 18 States, Australian PFAS Chemicals Map (not affiliated with SSEHRI), Consumer Reports: What’s Really in Your Bottled Water? “Rob Bilott says It took decades for the public, regulators and courts to recognize and begin to fix the environmental and public health problems caused by PFAS, a group of man-made chemicals found on nonstick cookware, waterproof jackets, and, increasingly, in air, water, soils and the blood of newborns nationwide. Babies are pre-polluted at birth,’ he said. Todd Haynes’ new film Dark Waters wades into some of the most complicated topics in public health, chemistry, and the law to dramatize the story of environmental attorney Robert Bilott … They bioaccumulate in polar bears and humans.