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When he’s not acting, Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame, Spotlight) is an activist and environmentalist. But now all three of those interests are colliding in Dark Waters, a new film from Carol director Todd Haynes that’s based on a true story. Ruffalo plays a lawyer who discovers that American company DuPont was responsible for dumping chemicals into the water near its factories, wreaking havoc on not only the livestock, but the human residents in the area. Check out the trailer below.
Anyone who follows Ruffalo on social media knows he’s spent years using his platform to help shed light on things like climate change, so it’s not surprising that he’d want to be a part of a film that can open audiences’ eyes to some of the horrible things that have happened at the hands of careless corporations in this country.
Salon - Article - Story - Scope - Scandal
I encourage you to read this Salon article to get the full story of the scope of this scandal, but here’s the gist. DuPont produced a non-biodegradable chemical called C8, which they discovered was linked to a variety of diseases, including cancer. After conducting research and realizing it was dangerous, they knowingly continued to produce it, dump it into the ocean, and bury it in toxic waste drums near the Ohio River. Here’s what happened next:
In 1984, DuPont began to secretively collect local tap water, asking employees to bring in jugs of water from their own homes, schools, and local businesses, and discovered that C8 was making its way into public drinking...
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