Debbie and others, I would NOT expect this to be defined as hazardous waste treatment if this is identified as part of an active written process procedure. Having said that, the reaction products are likely to include gaseous HCl, HClO, and possibly ClO2 - none of which I would want to breathe or even to generate outside a fume hood. Of course, biologists are simply scientists who flunked out of chemistry in school, so they are to be forgiven...[;-} David A. Bunzow Manager, Research Services and Facilities (RS&F) North Dakota State University (NDSU) Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) 1805 NDSU Research Park Drive Room R2-102U Fargo, ND 58105 (701) 231-7323 - office (701) 793-1744 - cell david.bunzow**At_Symbol_Here**ndsu.edu www.nodak.ndsu.edu/cnse -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Debbie Decker Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 12:56 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] formaldehyde and bleach Quick question: Does bleach "inactivate" formaldehyde so that the resultant can go down the drain? Yes yes - I know formaldehyde is a hazardous waste, blah blah, and treatment isn't allowed, yada yada. I have to head off this biologist before she does any more "chemistry." Thanks, Debbie ---------------------- Debbie Decker EH&S UCDavis (530)754-7964 FAX (530)752-4527 dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**ucdavis.edu Co-Conspirator to Make the World A Better Place -- Visit www.HeroicStories.com and join the conspiracy Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions, can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
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