Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 14:59:00 -0500
Reply-To: David Bunzow <david.bunzow**At_Symbol_Here**NDSU.EDU>
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From: David Bunzow <david.bunzow**At_Symbol_Here**NDSU.EDU>
Subject: Re: formaldehyde and bleach
Comments: To: Debbie Decker
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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

-----Original Message-----
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Debbie Decker
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 12:56 PM
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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."

Debbie Decker
EH&S UCDavis
FAX (530)752-4527
Co-Conspirator to Make the World A 
Better Place -- Visit 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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