The turnout gear that we wear for protection against toxic chemicals at fire scenes could itself be a hazard, according to a lawyer who’s demanding a study be done for a group with “unusually high rates of cancer.”
Cincinnati lawyer Robert A. Bilott notified U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in September that he intends to sue the government unless work begins on developing the study. The letter also was sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
The chemicals that concern Attorney Bilott are perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoralkyl, collectively known as PFAs. They were used in firefighting foam and turnout coats worn by firefighters. They are popular because of their slick surfactant properties that help turnout coats shed oil, gasoline and hazardous chemicals and foam spread. In his letter, Bilott gave the officials until Nov. 5 to respond to avoid “a citizen’s suit.”
Attorney Bilott has experience fighting PFAs in court. In 2000, he sued DuPont on behalf of 3,500 plaintiffs who claimed to have been sickened by water tainted with perfluorooctanoic acid, a PFOA commonly called C8, dumped into the Ohio River. He alleged it killed a farmer’s cows and sickened humans. A panel of scientists concluded there was a probable link between C8 and kidney and testicular cancer and four other ailments. In February, DuPont agreed to settle for $670 million.
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Hmm. This will be interesting as this seems to be focused on those who make (or made) the materials for bunker gear-not the bunker gear manufacturers themselves.
So as I am writing this, I am personally wondering how far “responsibility”can go? I mean, just as imagine if homes were built without fire sprinklers-and an organization (in theory) fought the need for sprinklers- when it has been proven that fire sprinklers undeniably reduce death to the occupants and exposure to firefighters? Can ya imagine!?
But I’m no lawyer.