NASSCO Has Active 2011

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2012, Vol. 67 No. 1

NASSCO, along with the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA), has actively supported the lawsuit filed in June 2011 by the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC) immediately after an announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that styrene had been added to the latest HHS National Toxicology Program (NTP) Report on Carcinogens (RoC) classifying styrene as a “reasonably anticipated carcinogen.” The suit seeks to remove styrene from that classification.

Styrene is a primary ingredient used to manufacture the thermoset resins used in cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) sewer rehabilitation, and designating styrene as a possible cancer-causing agent obviously is a concern to the pipe rehabilitation industry.

In October, NASSCO participated in a congressional “Fly-In” Composites Caucus to help educate legislators about the importance of styrene in the nation’s infrastructure, including CIPP rehabilitation.

As a result, 50 members of the House of Representatives supported a letter to the White House chief of staff requesting President Obama’s administration to contract with the National Academy of Science (NAS) for an independent and rigorous review of potential health effects of the widely-used and important chemical, styrene.

“We believe the study would help settle the scientific controversy that has been raised both within and outside the federal government regarding the health effects of styrene,” said NASSCO Executive Director Ted DeBoda.

Throughout 2011, NASSCO has devoted much time and attention to initiating and maintaining efforts to educate members about the ruling, its possible ramifications to the industry and NASSCO members and to keep members informed about the status of litigation (see related sidebar).

Romans, the first female president of NASSCO, is national sales manager of Trelleborg NPC Pipe Seals. Taking over as president at the February annual meeting will be John Nelson, vice president of sales, Visu-Sewer.

Based in Owings Mills, MD, NASSCO is a national association composed of several hundred members representing sewer and rehabilitation industry manufacturers and suppliers, municipalities and utility districts, engineers, and contracting firms dedicated to establishing and implementing standards for rehabilitation of underground utilities.


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