folc.ca's comment on HAZCO's answer to FAQ #26
Note: The background text in the following was copied from the Frequently-asked Questions page at HAZCO's website, Nov. 2, 2005. HAZCO's answers to "frequently asked questions" deserve further comments. Those comments are inserted where required in HAZCO's text and are shown on yellow background.
From HAZCO's FAQ web page (quoted verbatim):
FAQ #26. What would you do about the stink of burning sulphur?
Extinguish the sulphur fire. The primary emission from a sulphur fire is Sulphur Dioxide (SO2). Sulphur Dioxide is colorless, denser than air, and has a pungent odour. Control of any sulphur fire is the key to eliminating the gas. Normal atmospheric dispersion will eliminate the gas in time. The Emergency Response Plan for the facility will detail any actions required should sulphur dioxide be released in hazardous quantities.
HAZCO carefully avoids saying anything at all about the extreme hazard that SO2 poses to life and health of people and the environment. Note also that HAZCO say absolutely nothing about being ready to pay compensation to anyone for losses suffered in the event of a sulphur fire.
It is normal in such cases to have the lawyers fight for years over whether compensation must be paid, and how much of it, to victims hurt through wrongful actions or neglect of corporations.
More details about the effects of SO2 are contained in the comments pertaining to FAQ#34.
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Created Nov. 4, 2005