Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:52:37 -0400
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Subject: Re: Tulsa Lab Incident

From: 	sstepenuck**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: 	Re: [DCHAS-L] Tulsa Lab Incident
Date: 	August 26, 2009 1:14:47 PM EDT

> >THF is a peroxide? Shouldn't that be a potential peroxide former.


And what an interesting range of perceptions, from the original  
"disaster" story to this article's "create a potentially volatile  
chemical reaction," which could be translated as "detonate."

The other euphemism "flammable when it comes in contact with moisture"  
is also interesting, and perhaps not how most of us would describe the  
chemistry of sodium with water.

John's points about "lessons" are good ones.  We have suffered  
needless bad publicity [and expense] on more than one occasion due to  
similar events. It is wise to get your internal act--department/ 
division/organization-- together in order to minimize the chances of  
having to deal with such a situation and its aftermath.

Steve Stepenuck

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