Lecture scheduled at Shaw Institute



BLUE HILL — As part of the 2018 Shaw Institute Environmental Lecture series themed “Climate Change, Exposure and Human Health,” Sharon Lerner will present “The Forever Chemicals in Our Water” on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Hill Research Center, 55 Main St. in Blue Hill.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be preceded by a reception for the speaker at 5:30.

Lerner, an award-winning investigative journalist, has spent years reporting on America’s contaminated water supplies. Her beat is chemicals, health and environment for the online news publication The Intercept and The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, where she is a reporting Fellow.

Lerner’s reporting dives deep into the politics surrounding the pervasiveness of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) now polluting the nation’s drinking water. Her series “The Teflon Toxin,” for the Investigative Fund, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

Lerner was the first journalist to break the news that PFCs used in firefighting foam have leaked into groundwater. Most recently she documented the chemical substitutions now in use by the Department of Defense.

She helped get a PFC listed in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Her investigation into the politics of use was the first to reveal how the Trump administration could reverse a long-awaited ban of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked with children’s health problems.

In this talk, Lerner will share breaking news on what she has recently uncovered about corporate negligence involved in ongoing PFC scandals, which she finds suppressed decades of evidence about the health impacts of PFCs in its products.

Lerner believes that the situation is now so acute that it will become an election issue for the millions of Americans drinking permanently polluted water.

For more information on the talk, call 374-2135 or
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