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David White - IFW Letter to US House of Representatives / PFAS Task Force

Dear Representative Kildee,
I just learned that you are co-chairing a PFAS Task Force to address the potential regulation of PFAS used in firefighting foams. I would like to take this opportunity to share information with you on the cost to our country if fire-fighting foams are to be required to be PFAS free.

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CSB probe into Philadelphia refinery disaster targets corroded pipe as cause

A ruptured pipe elbow has become the focus of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation into the June 2019 explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia, PA, an information update issues Wednesday states. “The rupture of the elbow appears to be the initiating event causing the process fluid release,” an advance copy states. That sudden loss of containment caused flammable process fluid containing hydrofluoric acid to release from the PES alkylation unit, forming a ground-hugging vapor cloud that ignited only minutes later. Measurement of the thinnest portion of the ruptured elbow post-incident revealed a thickness of only 0.012 inch, about half the thickness of a credit card and less than seven percent of PES’ own requirement for piping to be replaced, CSB said. CSB officials issued their initial findings during a news conference conducted in Philadelphia this morning (Oct. 16). Within two minute of the first rupture...

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