Yes, it was the kitty litter
Mar27

Yes, it was the kitty litter

The radioactive material release last year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nuclear waste repository in New Mexico was due to mixing of nitrate salt residues, organic sorbent (Swheat Scoop cat litter), and neutralization agent (triethanolamine), according to a Department of Energy summary of the investigation into the incident: The [Technical Assessment Team] concluded that chemically incompatible contents in Drum 68660, in addition...

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#Chemsafety programming at #ACSDenver
Mar19

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSDenver

The 249th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in Denver. Here’s what’s planned for chemical and laboratory safety; the Division of Chemical Health & Safety has its usual CHAS-At-A-Glance ready for printing. You can also find CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety in the Expo at booth 425. SUNDAY Division of Chemical Health & Safety Executive Committee breakfast meeting, agenda book here; 8:30-11:30 AM,Embassy...

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If you’re tempted to brush your teeth at the lab sink…
Mar18

If you’re tempted to brush your teeth at the lab sink…

Don’t. Just don’t. That goes double for PIs. I would really like to know why on earth this one thinks it’s a good idea.

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Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, January-February issue
Mar12

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, January-February issue

Here’s what’s in the January-February issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: More on methanol – Getting to the target audience; by Harry J. Elston Editorial: The WW I Chemical Warfare Service and…baseball???; by Douglas B. Walters Performance of turbulence models for dense gas release in computational fluid dynamics; by Ali Tarjoman Nejad and Mahnaz Yasemi, Islamic Azad University of...

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CSB travails and chair turnover
Mar10

CSB travails and chair turnover

From this week’s issue of C&EN: A feature story about U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board woes, for which contributing editor Jeff Johnson interviewed current chair Rafael Moure-Eraso about his tumultuous tenure Chemical Safety Board Chairman Is Leaving And a news story about President Barack Obama’s nominee for CSB chair, Vanessa Allen Sutherland, who is currently chief counsel for the Pipeline &...

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