folc.ca's comment on HAZCO's answer to FAQ #27
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 #27. How dangerous are the health risks if there is a sulphur fire?
No more or less dangerous than a fire at any other industrial site. It depends on the situation and how well any potential incident is managed. The Emergency Response plans, coupled with proper training of the onsite personnel and first responders will minimize or eliminate any potential health risks.
HAZCO carefully avoids saying anything at all about the extreme hazard that SO2 produced in fires at its site 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.
Whether a sulphur fire is more or less dangerous than fires at other industrial plants is not the question. No other industrial plants that pose the dangers posed by HAZCO are located anywhere as near as where HAZCO intends to locate. The concern to us is having to live right next to a catastrophe waiting to happen in a facility that is being run by people that have no prior experience in dealing with the dangers they pose and that apparently gave little thought to those dangers prior to concerns about those dangers having been raised.
More details about the effects of SO2 are contained in the comments pertaining to FAQ#34.
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Created Nov. 4, 2005