LEWISTON —  The HBO documentary “Toxic Hot Seat,”  which follows moms, firefighters, scientists, and lawmakers who fought to expose the deceitful tactics of a chemical company that markets ineffective but highly toxic chemical flame retardants for use in furniture and other household products, will be shown from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the The Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope and Healing, 29 Lowell St.

The airing will be followed by a community discussion.

Former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Hannah Pingree is featured in the film, which includes the story of Maine lawmakers who were successful where other states weren’t in limiting the use of several of these cancer-causing chemicals.

The discussion will be lead by Mike Scott, Auburn International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 797; John Martell, Professional Fire Fighters of Maine; Bettie Kettell, retired pediatric nurse, grandmother, and cancer survivor from Durham and Tracy Gregoire, Learning Disabilities Association of Maine and mother of child with special needs.


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