Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:15:00 -0400
Reply-To: James Field <jmfield**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UMASS.EDU>
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From: James Field <jmfield**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UMASS.EDU>
Subject: Ideas on how to neutralize sodium amalgam for disposal

Several years ago we had to decommission 12 labs under the care of a 
retiring German organo metallic synthetic researcher. The faculty and 
staff were proactive and worked with us for over a year to safely shut 
down 30 plus years of stuff created by this research group. They had 
several large (4 L) NaK stills. We found a well written procedure for 
sodium drying stills taken from the University of Guelph's website We 
peer reviewed the procedure with in house organo metal  faculty modified 
to fit NaK. I can send the procedure directly if your interested. We did 
modify these procedures as we developed some expertise with Nak. I can 
also add some observations that were just part of the learning process. 
It can be done safely with some precautions. Feel free to contact me for 
any of this information.

Jim Field
Hazardous Materials Control Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
303 Draper Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
phone (413)545-5122
fax (413)545-2600
e-mail jmfield**At_Symbol_Here**

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