New York Times Magazine: The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare

January 6 2016

Just months before Rob Bilott made partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, he received a call on his direct line from a cattle farmer. The farmer, Wilbur Tennant of Parkersburg, W.Va., said that his cows were dying left and right. He believed that the DuPont chemical company, which until recently operated a site in Parkersburg that is more than 35 times the size of the Pentagon, was responsible. Tennant had tried to seek help locally, he said, but DuPont just about owned the entire town. …

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New York Times: Chemicals in your popcorn?

June 4 2015

What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common? All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.…

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Pop Stop: Denmark retailer stops sale of microwave popcorn amid health fears

Some love it, some hate it: that overwhelming buttery, salty smell that fills the house every time you throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave. However, larger concerns have led Danish retailer Coop Denmark to pull microwave popcorn from the shelves of their 1,200 stores. Highly fluorinated chemicals like those used in food packaging have been linked to immune system problems, increased risk of miscarriage in women, and several types of cancer. Highly fluorinated chemicals are commonly used in microwave…

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