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NEHA to host webinar on possible risks of popular water pipe repair method

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Denver – On the heels of a recent Purdue University study suggesting that a popular method for repairing water pipes can release hazardous chemicals into the air, the National Environmental Health Association will host a one-hour webinar on Oct. 5 to discuss potential risks to workers and the public.

Officials from NIOSH and Purdue University are set to lead the presentation, set for 3 p.m.

According to an NEHA press release, CIPP is used to repair about half of U.S. water pipes, including those used for buried sanitary sewers, storm sewers, drinking water and building plumbing. The procedure involves placing a resin-impregnated fabric tube into a damaged pipe, and then curing it with hot water, pressurized steam or ultraviolet light to create a new plastic pipe.

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