Angry Toxicologist

Archives for July, 2008

Let’s just put it in a hole CO2 sequestration has been going forward but only approved as research class wells. The EPA is proposing regulations on how to do it full scale and correctly. This is necessary because the CO2 may have nasty impurities, can move around, is corrosive with water, and is a weak…

Oops! In case you didn’t know, the Boulder, CO site of the National Institute of Sandards and Technology (NIST) had an accidental spill of plutonium-239 on June 9 and the initial actions taken would have an industrial hygenist pulling her hair out (read more at C&EN). Basically, a guest researcher* cracked a bottle, didn’t realize…

Every party needs a pooper, that’s why Scienceblogs invited me. Enemy? Really? Yes, it can be. Read on; It doesn’t have to be. A commentary in Nature Nanotechnology discusses the European Environment Agency report, Late Lessons from Early Warnings. The basic idea is to make recommendations so that nanotech can grow with the idea that…

How to lose respect and relevance in three easy (dance) steps Can this really be happening? Congress in public group therapy with Richard ‘cartoon of myself’ Simmons? Crawl back into your protective bubble and weep my friends, becasue it really happened. Do they know they have 14% approval rating? Obesity is a problem, and Congress’…

A couple of readers have asked bout the NYTimes article about sunscreens so I thought I’d weigh in. 80 lbs. Okay, with the lame humor over, let’s get to the particulars. The most common question has been 1) What do I think is best/do I agree with the NYTimes? 3Answer: the advice they gave stunk.…

As the Buch administration winds down, let’s all brace ourselves for a rush of really bad ideas. For now we have: Let’s make it even harder to set worker safety standards. Let’s see…they’ve done instigated none in 8 years, it must me too easy; we must stop this over regulation! -and- Oh yeah, let’s lie…

EHP has a small report on EPA’s troubled ozone standard that’s worth a look, especially if you don’t know much about the issue. What strikes me is how there is such resistance from regulators to setting a decent standard because it would put too many counties into non-compliance. It’s almost as if there’s this idea…

The Woodrow Wilson Center released a report on engineered nanomaterials used for food applications. The aren’t common (we think), but there are a few technologies that are making their way to the market. One for instance would have a nanofilm that has anti-microbial properties. Of course, it may also leach into your food. Yum! (Okay,…

The Good Analysts from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the FEMA trailers had too much formaldehyde (well, yeah) but also that it was due to cheap materials, sloppy design, and drumroll please, lax or non-existing government standards. It’s rare for a gov’t report to directly say the standards need to be tighter. The…

ICCVAM authorized two different methods, the bovine corneal opacity and permeability (BCOP) assay and the isolated chicken eye (ICE) assay. These don’t use live animals. I’m not exactly sure you could say that this wasn’t tested in an animal, but close enough. Or at least that’s what the director says. It really don’t count as…