Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:35:37 -0700
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From: Kathleen Fisher <fisherk**At_Symbol_Here**REED.EDU>
Organization: Reed College Environmental Health and Safety Office
Subject: chemical reductions/reactions
Comments: cc: Catherine Young

Hello, all.

We are in the process of shipping out hazardous waste.  We have three compounds:
1.  Trinitroresourcinal --maybe 50 g in a plastic bottle
2.  Dipicrylamine -- 25 g in a glass bottle
3.  Trinitrofluorenone --  5 g  in a glass bottle and 10 g in a glass bottle

All are well hydrated, but our haz waste "picker-uppers" can not transport them as they are not licensed to ship DOT 1.1 materials.  We have contacted USDOT to see if any special permits are issued for the chemicals in question that would allow re-classification to something other than Class 1 explosive.

Barring a DOT special permit or the expense of using a licensed explosive transporter, we would like to reduce these compounds chemically.  To all you chemists out there, we are in need of protocols/procedures that allow us to reduce in order to reclassify them safely to an organic solvent or some other relatively benign compound.  Can/would you help?

Thank you.

Kathleen Fisher
Reed College EHS
Portland, OR

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