PEX Plastic Pipe Unanimously Added to California Plumbing Code; State Officials Certify Favorable Environmental Impact Report
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Effective Immediately, Cities and Counties in California May Approve the Use of PEX Drinking Water Systems in all Residential and Commercial Applications; Use Also Approved in Hospitals and Clinics SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(Business Wire)-- In a unanimous vote, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has approved the addition of PEX plastic pipe and tubing to the California Plumbing Code (CPC), allowing its use in hospitals, clinics, residential and commercial construction throughout the state of California. The Commission`s approval took place following certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the use of PEX, indicating that it meets the rigorous standards of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) will be officially added to the CPC when the new code is formally adopted on August 1, 2009. In the meantime, cities, counties and other local jurisdictions may approve the use of PEX, effective immediately. The CBSC acted during its meeting in Sacramento on Thursday, January 22. "This is a great day for consumers and a great day for the building industry in California," said Richard Church, executive director of the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA). "PEX has probably been studied, scrutinized and analyzed more than any non-metal building material in history," said Church. "The result is a win-win for consumers and the environment." The exhaustive EIR approved by the CBSC concluded that the use of PEX as outlined was an "environmentally superior alternative," meaning that that the inclusion of PEX in the California Plumbing Code was a "greener" alternative to leaving PEX out of the code. The 296-page Environmental Impact Report took more than two years to produce and was prepared by the California Department of General Services working with EDAW, a leading planning and environmental design firm headquartered in San Francisco. PPFA and PEX manufacturers were required to pay for the report, but to guarantee its impartiality, had no role in its preparation and development. "One of great ironies of the environmental review PEX went through is best reflected in a question one CBSC member asked state officials during the approval process," observed Church. "He wanted to know if non-plastic materials had ever been subjected to the same public health and safety analysis PEX had just gone through. "Amazingly the answer is `no.` No other non-plastic building or plumbing material has ever been subjected to-or passed-such scrutiny," said Church. "California builders and home owners are finally able to utilize the well studied material in their projects, saving them both time and money." A copy of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) approved by the CBSC is available for download from the CBSC website at: http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/bsc/pex/2009/PEX%20FEIR_01-08-09.pdf The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization of companies primarily engaged in the manufacture of plastic piping, fittings and solvent cements for plumbing and related applications, or supply raw materials, ingredients or machinery for the manufacturing process. For additional information, contact the Association at 800 Roosevelt Road, Building C, Suite 312, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137; 630/858-6540; fax 630/790-3095; or visit the website at www.ppfahome.org. Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association Richard W. Church, 630-858-6540 Ex. Dir. Dickc@cmservnet.com Copyright Business Wire 2009
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