This film dramatises the real life lawsuit against the DuPont chemical manufacturing corporation after they had contaminated a small American town with unregulated chemicals.
DuPont had been involved in the manufacture of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon. DuPont had known through internal testing that it can cause cancer, blackened teeth and lead to birth defects among other health issues, but did not make their findings public. They also dumped tonnes of toxic waste containing the chemical into landfills.
The film brings to light the failings of a corporation to conduct business in a sustainable manner, the effect unsustainable practices have on the local population and environment, and how these corporations can be brought to justice.
After the release of Dark Waters, DuPont’s stock price dropped by 7.15 points. Coincidence? We think not.