Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:32:57 -0500
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From: "Long, Don" <don.long**At_Symbol_Here**WGINT.COM>
Subject: Re: Baylor spill, cyanide, and socks
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While I too think it was a rather interesting over-reaction to a quite semi-harmless event, it should be noted that the emergency response system worked (albeit a little too well). Would you rather have a fire truck show up for a small backyard BBQ grill fire, or a guy with a 5 lb fire extinguisher show up to a fully involved structure fire ? In my field (chemical warfare agent destruction) I'll take a little bit of over-reaction any day if it ensures the safety of my folks and myself.

Don A. Long
Southwest Research Institute Laboratory
Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
PO Box 20130
White Hall, AR  71612

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From: Ray Mainer <rmainer**At_Symbol_Here**>

Subject: Baylor spill, cyanide, and socks

Date: October 15, 2009 6:19:27 PM EDT

"Acrylic" is a common textile material.  It is favored for it wool like feel and commonly used in socks "Acrylic' is really polyacrylonitrile. Polyacrylonitrile is a nice way of saying polyvinyl cyanide.  Do you think anyone would by socks made from polyvinyl cyanide.  If you knock some socks off the shelf in your local discount store, do not run up to the clerk and announce, "There is a polyvinyl cyanide spill in aisle 10'.

Ray Mainer
Monahan Filaments.

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