After it was discovered that Chemours, a chemical company founded as a spin-off from Dupont, was dumping a toxic polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) known as GenX into North Carolina’s Cape Fear River – which over 200,000 people depend on for drinking water – we were motivated to act and to ensure that those responsible were held accountable.
Together with the Cape Fear River Watch, The NC Conservation Network, The Center for Environmental Health and a coalition of environmental organizations throughout North Carolina, we are launching a statewide community screening tour of the recently released film, The Devil We Know. In this new documentary film by Stephanie Soechtig, citizens in West Virginia take on DuPont, after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical — now found in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans — into the local drinking water supply.
Brian Powell, Communications Director for the NC Conservation Network, outlined how the issues in the film are all too familiar for North Carolina audiences: “The Devil We Know serves as a compelling and ominous prequel to the water contamination crisis impacting North Carolina as a result of widespread chemical dumping — particularly as it relates to GenX contamination of the Cape Fear River from the DuPont spin-off corporation Chemours.”
Each event will feature post-screening discussions led by local organizations that will show audiences how to stand against these toxic waste practices including demanding that PFAS chemicals get listed in the US database for toxic releases, the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) – ensuring that companies must disclose when they release these chemicals into the environment.
Info for each screening listed below:
Tuesday October 2nd at 7:00pm
Kathleen Clay Library
1420 Price Park Dr.
Greensboro, NC 27410
Wednesday October 3rd at 7:00pm
Benjamin Public Library
1530 Benjamin Pkwy
Greensboro, NC 27408
Hosted by: Haw River Assembly and Piedmont Plateau Chapter of Sierra Club.
New Bern, NC
Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm
The Harrison Center
311 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560
Hosted by: The Carolina Nature Coalition.
Winston Salem, NC
Thursday October 4th at 7:00pm
201 Oakwood Dr.
Winston Salem, NC 27103
Hosted by Temple Emanuel Environmental Movement.
Tuesday October 23rd at 6:30pm
Triple C Brewery – Barrel Room
2832 Griffith Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
Hosted by: Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Clean Air Carolina, Center for Environmental Health, and Central Piedmont Sierra Club.
Tuesday October 30th at 5:30pm
Appalachian State University
Plemmons Student Union, Greenbriar theater
263 Locust St.
Boone, NC 28608
Hosted by: Appalachian Voices, Sustainability & Environmental Education Club (SEEC), and the Sustainable Development Student Alliance.