By FOX NEWS Staff WriterJuly 23, 2018 — At the center of the controversial Jordan 5 watertight cement plant, a toxic chemical used in cement production, is a chemical called hydrochloric acid.
The chemical is highly flammable and has been linked to cancer and birth defects.
The chemical, which was developed by an Israeli company called Hasegawa, was banned in the U.S. in 1990.
In the last 15 years, more than 20,000 people have died from HasegasAurora chemicals linked to birth defects, cancer and other health problems.
In 2014, the FDA approved the company’s controversial watertight, low-cost cement, which had been in use in the United States since the 1940s.
The company said it would use a third of its existing cement production capacity, using only Hasego’s patented technology, to produce the cement.
But a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Working Group in 2014 and later filed by several states and local governments says the cement in Jordan 5’s cement plant is unsafe, even though the chemical is not approved for use in cementing.
“This is a major concern because we know that Hasega has been using hydrochlorics in their cement factories for decades,” said Gary Smith, director of the California Environmental Defense Fund.
The lawsuit says the Hasegalawas’ cement plants produce a total of 2,000 tons of cement per day, including about 5,000 metric tons of hydrochloricates, a mix of hydrocarbon compounds.
The chemicals have been linked in a number of health cases to birth defect deaths.
The companies have denied any health risks.
In its statement, Hasegelawas said that the chemicals were not approved by the FDA, and that the company is the only manufacturer of this highly flamable and highly toxic chemical in the world.
The lawsuit alleges the chemicals are not regulated by the EPA or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
It also says Hasegenawas has no independent testing of its cement.
“The EPA is aware of the lawsuit and will investigate,” said a spokeswoman for the EPA.
In response to the lawsuit, Haserink, the maker of Hasegaras cement, said it “does not deny the safety and quality of our cement products.”
It added that the watertight concrete used in Jordan’s cement plants “is approved for safe use by OSHA and has never been used in a hazardous manner.”
The chemicals are the primary ingredients in cement produced by Hasegoras and other companies in Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
They have also been used to make watertight asphalt in several countries including South Korea, Mexico, France, the United Kingdom and China.