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How DuPont may avoid paying to clean up a toxic 'forever chemical'

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  1. patience_limited
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    Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a growing environmental and public health crisis in the U.S. As at least one prior environmental chemical contamination here has shown, the manufacturers have...

    Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a growing environmental and public health crisis in the U.S.

    As at least one prior environmental chemical contamination here has shown, the manufacturers have a number of devious methods for ensuring that the cleanup and damage costs will be public, while they continue to reap private profits.

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    Keegan
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    Am I crazy or was there a movie about this a bit ago? Main character was a lawyer for chemical company then helped the purple getting sick.

    Am I crazy or was there a movie about this a bit ago? Main character was a lawyer for chemical company then helped the purple getting sick.

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      patience_limited
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      You're not crazy, at least based on the evidence so far. 😉 There's a long tradition of these "heroic lawyer achieves justice for the little people" movies, but they're basically propaganda which...

      You're not crazy, at least based on the evidence so far. 😉

      There's a long tradition of these "heroic lawyer achieves justice for the little people" movies, but they're basically propaganda which elides how few people are helped at all, let alone showing how miserably and late the injured people are actually compensated after the corporate bankruptcies, settlement reductions, appeals, lawyers' fees and costs, etc. The best policy is preventing these crises in the first place, not burying or living with generations of accumulating health and environmental damage.

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      1. Keegan
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        Yes that's the one. And yes I figured it was strange since it overshadows the many people (not purple, as I had said before) who allowed the events to happen.

        Yes that's the one. And yes I figured it was strange since it overshadows the many people (not purple, as I had said before) who allowed the events to happen.

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    2. kfwyre
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      Not the movie you're probably thinking of, but for anyone interested in the topic there's a documentary on it: The Devil We Know

      Not the movie you're probably thinking of, but for anyone interested in the topic there's a documentary on it: The Devil We Know

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