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We have a crappy Governor and a lousy Major
At about 1:45, two groups of protesters - one numbering six and the other 12 - lay on the street, stopping traffic into a two-lane road that leads to the port entrance. Three trucks and four cars were halted before oncoming traffic was redirected to an alternate route.
HFD was called in to cut PVC pipes off of a group of protesters who used the devices to band their arms together. A large red tent was placed over the protesters to prevent sparks, said HPD spokesman John Cannon.
3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION (continued)
Dust associated with the handling of PVC powder as well as fumes or vapors liberated from both PVC powder
and pellets at high temperatures may be irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract if not adequately
Chronic exposure to fumes and vapors from heated or thermally decomposed plastics may cause an asthma-like
syndrome due to the inhalation of process vapors or fumes. The onset of irritation maybe delayed for several
hours. Fumes or vapors may accumulate within the facility during normal operating procedures that involve
elevated temperatures. Exposure to these elevated concentrations, if not adequately ventilated, may have
significant health effects.
IARC has determined that there is inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity of a polyvinyl chloride resin in both
animals and humans. The overall evaluation of polyvinyl chloride is Group 3, meaning that it is not classifiable
as a carcinogen (IARC Vol. 19, 1979). Polyvinyl chloride is not listed as a carcinogen by OSHA, NIOSH, NTP,
IARC or EPA.
Some pigments used to color PVC compounds may contain metals, which in some of their chemical forms are
suspected or confirmed carcinogens. These metals are bound in the crystalline structure of the pigment, and to
the best of the supplier’s knowledge, do not present a significant health risk. Additionally, the low levels of
pigments used in PVC pellet compounds are also bound in the polymer matrix and to the best of our knowledge
do not present a significant health risk.
Originally posted by AP-Chris
PVC is plastic, cutting does not cause sparks.
A sleeping dragon is a maneuver used by protesters to cause disruption. It involves handcuffs and PVC pipe: a series of protesters are handcuffed together through the PVC pipe, which precludes police from simply using bolt cutters to break the handcuffs. Advanced variations include covering the PVC pipe with elements which might make it more difficult to break. Examples include chicken wire, tar, and duct tape. Another variation is filling the PVC pipe with concrete. Often the protesters will chain, lock, or otherwise secure themselves to immovable objects, resulting in a difficult-to-remove human obstacle.