Folkman directed respondents to avoid discussing real breaks in PVC pipes that require urgent and costly repairs that are problematic for communities when replacing their water pipes.
As Congress looks for the best ways to invest in rehabilitating our nation’s infrastructure, it will be vitally important that the materials used to rebuild our roads, bridges and water pipes are built to last.
As such, the information provided by each industry involved in rebuilding should be based on sound data and research. After all, our decision-makers must be able to rely on complete and accurate information in order to make the right choices that have far-reaching impacts on our health and economic viability.
That may explain why the industry has embarked on a misleading, scorched-earth campaign to denigrate leading materials, while using others to advocate on their behalf, including Bonner Cohen at the National Center for Public Policy.
Additionally, Folkman’s report is also scientifically lacking. Of great concern is that he specifically asked respondents to not report PVC pipe failures that are due to construction damage and joint leakage.
In other words, Folkman directed respondents to avoid discussing real breaks in PVC pipes that require urgent and costly repairs that are problematic for communities when replacing their water pipes. In doing this, Folkman invalidates the integrity of the entire report by excluding data that could be harmful to the report sponsor’s pipe material.
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This is not the first time that both Cohen and Folkman have reported in a blatantly biased manner in favor of PVC pipe, and we highly doubt it will be the last. Aside from Folkman’s constant sponsorship by the PVC pipe industry, it has become routine for Cohen to use half-truths and flawed data to promote the procurement of PVC pipe, while baselessly trying to tear down iron pipes.
If Cohen were actually serious about the health effects of the pipes used to deliver our drinking water, he would be asking questions about the chemicals that are used to make PVC pipe and the
He would be asking about the cancer-causing chemical Benzene that leached from PVC pipes into the water system in
The needs of the nation require trust in water professionals and in sound facts that support safe, long-lasting pipes for reliable water delivery.
At the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association, our team of engineers looks forward to continuing our work with water professionals and local governments across the country in helping them rebuild our nation’s water infrastructure by using honest information from decades of research.
If individuals like Bonner Cohen and Steven Folkman also want to be serious about the future of our nation’s water infrastructure, it will be to the benefit of water consumers everywhere that these men begin to gravitate towards truth instead of the next financial grant from the PVC pipe industry.