Battle Over Fused PVC

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | October 2008 Vol. 63 No. 10

"We are also aware that Underground Solutions is involved in at least one lawsuit in California regarding statements made by other entities concerning its product. Rather than arguing with UGSI over each and every point in the news release, and to avoid any potential litigation which could detract PPI from its primary mission to support the plastic pipe industry, we decided to simply retract the entire June 11 news release."

As to who PPI represents, Radoszewski cited PPI bylaws: "The mission of the Plastics Pipe Institute is to promote plastics as the material of choice for piping applications."

He added: "The primary objective of PPI is to provide a forum for our member companies to work in a cooperative effort to broaden the market for plastic pipe and related products. Our members' products serve virtually every underground utility and application where pipe is used.

"Let me emphasize again, wherever plastic pipe is used, our association and our members are actively involved. Now, while many of our member companies have high density polyethylene (HDPE) interests, our organization also includes a number of producers of other plastic materials and pipe including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), polyamide, polypropylene and cross linked polyethylene. In addition, a growing number of our members also have divisions that produce and/or distribute ductile iron, cast iron, steel, copper, clay, corrugated steel and concrete pipe."

In conclusion, Radoszewski said: "I would like to emphasize we have never stated fused PVC pipe is an unacceptable product. I do want to underscore our position that the fusion of thermoplastic pipe is a critical process and that it demands an open and full analysis by those who design with it, install it and eventually use it so that they understand all the aspects of the pipe. For nearly five decades, our members have and continue to engage the standards community in creating open criteria and test methods that provide the specifier and end user with the most up to date technical information available."