PFAS researcher to answer audience questions after screening of 'Dark Waters'

Author: Jessica Sieff

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, the Browning Cinema at the University of Notre Dame will feature a free screening of “Dark Waters,” starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway.

The film tells the story of a tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family and his own life – to expose the truth.

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“Dark Waters” is inspired by the true story of corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott, and an “epic 15-year fight” related to the use and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Notre Dame researcher Graham Peaslee has found these chemicals in fast-food wrappers, flame retardants, cosmetics, drinking water, carpets, water-resistant clothing and, most recently, firefighter gear.

Peaslee will attend the screening and will be available to answer questions about PFAS and his research following the film.

This is a free but ticketed event. Limit one ticket per person. Tickets will be available one hour prior to the screening at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Box Office.

The film will be out in limited release on Nov. 22, and will be in theaters nationwide Nov. 29.

Originally published by Jessica Sieff at news.nd.edu on November 13, 2019.