> >Then why does an institution like MIT set up a service that they clearly over-sell with chemically incorrect statements? ...
> >Just asking. There must be someone out there that knows.
My experience is that these sorts of ideas, particularly in academia, tend to be driven by either short term, under-funded grants or regulatory interactions in which a government agency says "here's a need you can fill instead of paying the full fine". The external advocates of the idea may not necessarily recognize (or care about) the technical limitations on the Big Idea. We in the academic setting get used to small steps in a general direction.
I've had experience with similar orphan ideas, some of which are out to save the world, others of which are focused on a very small piece of the world. Either way, these projects are often able to move the conversation forward without realizing the complete goal. This is often because a long term revenue stream that supports a longer-term, continuous improvement process (such as, for example, the ACGIH TLV's) to support the idea is not identified.
Maybe that explanation helps answer the question?
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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