Robert59's comment history

Robert59 said...

Sounds like this e-Cig research will be useful in answering two questions I have: 1. Are there any compounds/elements detected in e-cig smoke that are NOT detected in regular cig smoke (there are hundreds, including Polonium-210). If there are different compounds/elements in e-cig smoke, toxicity assessment may change. 2. Is the overall number of compounds detected in e-cig smoke far less than in regular cig smoke? This is important because most toxicity assessments are based on toxicity of a single compound, rather than mixtures of compounds. The fewer the compounds the easier it is to do toxicity studies. Note that this research study is NOT about passive smoking.

May 17, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
Robert59 said...

Coffee & tea. And I note that Chad's Records has moved next door to his old space!

May 16, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.
Robert59 said...

Alright Quin! Now you should incorporate our need to get back below 350 ppm CO2 into your activism. See 350.org for ways to help do that.

May 10, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
Robert59 said...

While there is a difference between Velsicol & Bunge in regards to air pollution because the Velsicol plant has stopped operating, there are still significant ground water, direct contact and possibly vapor intrusion threats at the Velsicol site. The Bunge plant should also be investigated.

April 21, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
Robert59 said...

I wish the paper would note how misleading the claim about removing 24 million pounds of waste is. In cleanup work, it is common to express the tons and cubic yards of waste removed rather than pounds. So about 12,000 tons was removed which is NOT a large amount given the large site. To determine cubic yards we need to know if it was all solid waste. A public health assessment (PHA) is a good first step in a proper re-evaluation of the Velsicol site. However, a PHA is data dependent and there is probably limited exposure data, so the PHA may be inconclusive.

April 21, 2011 at 6:41 a.m.
Robert59 said...

Another excellent & concise cartoon! The Strunk & White rule Brevity, Brevity, Brevity applied to editorial cartoons. Thanks!

April 19, 2011 at 2:49 a.m.
Robert59 said...

Wow, I thought the cartoon's point was straightforward enough, but it seems to have turned into a psychological test.

March 9, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
Robert59 said...

Well said unscathed! Follow the money trail. You will usually find a large corporation at trail's end.

March 7, 2011 at 7:06 p.m.
Robert59 said...

Abe's headline quibble aside, it is great to have Mr. Stetson at the Hunter Museum!

March 7, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.
Robert59 said...

I posted some scientific comments in response to 3 Jan 2011 article announcing the public meeting. Don't want to repeat same comments, but I questioned if pesticide contamination in Banvel (SWMU 69A) area in SW part of site was cleaned up, if PCB use was investigated at Dowtherm reboiler unit, if deeper limestone ground water contamination was delineated, and if 18" soil cap would survive site reuse. Based on this new article, I have same concerns. I also want to point out that removing 24 million pounds of waste is not that much (only 1,200 tons) whereas large scale site cleanups often have removal of 100,000+ tons of waste.

January 14, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
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