by Rich Peters
HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – As the push to ban chemicals key to fighting fires continues across the country, it remains to be seen how successful alternatives will be.
In the wake of a March petrochemical storage facility fire in suburban Deer Park near Houston, some are left wondering how a ban could negatively affect the oil, gas and chemical industries as well as first responders if the highest ability to effectively fight fire is taken away. Firefighters used foam to fight that blaze, ABC15 reported.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and others. PFAS can be found in many common items, including food-packaging materials and aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), a highly efficient type of fire-suppressant agent…
“There’s no reason to ban these things,” said Steve Milloy, founder and publisher of JunkScience.com, in an interview with Legal Newsline. “There’s no scientific studies showing these things cause harm. You’ve got the anti-chemical industry against them, you’ve got trial lawyers as well and scared politicians – that’s a bad combination for reality.”
Milloy continued, touching on what affect a PFAS ban might have on fighting dangerous fires such as the one in Deer Park last month.