United States Department of Justice
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Washington, DC 20530
April 29, 2021
Dear Sirs and Madams,
We are trusting that you will find sufficient facts in the now 2021 findings I have just added to this document to investigate the parties identified.
To bring you quickly up to speed, this DOJ anti-trust violation is in regards to turnout gear manufacturers who knew firefighter gear contained PFOA but remained silent while sitting as voting members of the code safety institution NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and as sponsors of IAFF (International Association of Firefighters)…
JB: All right welcome everyone to a special edition of APS Radio. Also the 25 Live PODCAST AND AH I’m here with Diane Cotter. Diane was asked to participate in this National Firefighter Cancer Symposium in 2021. And ah, they wanted her to do slides and all that stuff and that’s not what she does. So- I am her slides essentially. So with that, welcome Diane — ah, otherwise known as that ‘crazy lady from Massachusetts’, right?
DC: (Laughter) Thank you Jim. Thank you and I really want to also thank the First Responder Center for Excellence and my friend…
by Diane Cotter
Thank you for hearing our community perspective today.
Firefighters know the job is dangerous, they know they will likely get cancer. They trusted their gear would not be the cause. They were told the AFFF was as safe as dish-washing liquid.
In October of 2015 my husband, a Worcester, MA firefighter was diagnosed with prostate cancer with a Gleason Score of 7. It would end his career and our lives were forever changed.
In August of 2019 I would join a group of fire-wives who came together to ‘braid’ commemorative ‘braids’ for the 20th anniversary of…
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I was a recent press release summarizing the bills that Environment Texas supports and doesn’t support. I noted that there is support for HB 4506 and SB 2073 which if passed will ban PFAS in firefighting foam.
Based on other states that have introduced similar legislation, I would expect the FluoroCouncil and Fire Fighting Foam Coalition (FFFC), both of which are extremely well funded, to start a campaign to exempt certain industries.
Banning PFAS in firefighting foam is the right thing to do and it can be done immediately.
All of the bills at the State level have…
The information below is being redistributed today in an effort to arm firefighters with the data they need in order to combat the ACC who has vowed to fight any PFAS regulations.
What’s important to note is this information was first shared January 2019 in Massachusetts during the MA DES hearing on PFAS:
Diane, we don’t know how much of the PFAS coating in a jacket will degrade into PFOA, and how much will degrade into other PFAS unfortunately. I do know the timescale on textiles like turnout gear will be on the order of a decade or two…
Becoming an activist was the last thing on Diane Cotter’s mind in 2014 when her high school sweetheart and husband of 32 years,Paul, a firefighter with the Worcester, Massachusetts, fire department, developed prostate cancer.
Yet, she was left with no choice but to fight. Not simply for Paul’s own difficult recovery from a deadly malignancy. Diane’s mission was to save other firefighters by finding the truth of what caused Paul’s cancer.
By 2012, PFOA was designated a Substance of Very High Concern in Europe. There, gear manufacturers were made aware of the decision to restrict the…
A very private individual who fell into a very public rabbit hole of epic proportions. I’ve learned the chemical industry , DuPont 3M, own the fire service.