SAN FRANCISCO—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has taken the first step in its plan of attack against San Francisco County's decision to phase out PVC plastics and other products.
At its summer meeting, held May 23-26, AAMA of Schaumburg, Ill., urged members to write letters informing the county's Board of Supervisors that PVC is a small producer of dioxins. Though AAMA doesn't expect the letters to have any effect on the board's decision, at least its voice will be heard, said Rich Walker, AAMA eastern region director.
``We want to make sure they realize there are vinyl products out there that are energy efficient, that don't have anything to do with dioxins,'' Walker said.
The county board passed a resolution in March to phase out PVC after discovering that 5 grams of dioxins are released into the county from various products every year. Of those 5 grams, only 1 gram is distributed through industrial sources; 3 grams are emitted from diesel engines and 1 gram comes from residential fireplaces, said Kip Howlett, executive director of the Chlorine Chemistry Council in Arlington, Va.
The county board's lack of information alarmed AAMA members because its resolution misinforms the public and could mean the loss of jobs at 84 area window fabricators and dealers, Walker said.
San Francisco's resolution joins similar legislation in Oakland and Berkeley, Calif. The San Francisco measure requires the city and county to seek chlorine-free paper and non-PVC plastic, and urges health-care providers to reduce PVC use.