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(Huffington Post)   Thought you were done paying attention to the West Virginia water crisis? Well, how 'bout some formaldehyde to top ya off?   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 55
    More: Scary, West Virginia, chemical accident, water shortages, Kanawha County, West Virginia National Guard, officials told, disaster areas, public works department  
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2014-01-30 05:11:56 AM  

morg: testing conducted at  downtown Charleston restaurant

the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces the carcinogen at extremely high temperatures

just playing devil's advocate here but don't they use super hot water for dishes in restaurants, much hotter than bathroom showers?


I was curious about that myself.

Been a LONG time since high school chemistry, though...any knowledgeable Farkers want to weigh in?
 
2014-01-30 08:58:36 AM  

PunGent: morg: testing conducted at  downtown Charleston restaurant

the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces the carcinogen at extremely high temperatures

just playing devil's advocate here but don't they use super hot water for dishes in restaurants, much hotter than bathroom showers?

I was curious about that myself.

Been a LONG time since high school chemistry, though...any knowledgeable Farkers want to weigh in?


The thing about(4-methylcyclohexyl)methanol is that nobody knows a goddamn thing about it.  The MSDS is a long string of "Damfino" shrugs, and nobody's ever bothered to do any toxicity testing.  None of the usual chemical companies like Aldrich sell it, which probably explains why everyone's been using the wrong name for it.  When it was first reported, I and every chemist I know looked at the name and went "the fark is that?".
 
2014-01-30 12:26:18 PM  

Demetrius: What they need is a few less regulations on business and let the free market sort it out.


squegeebooo: If it wasn't for govt regulations affecting the free market this containment breech would have never happened.


Here in NC, McCrory and the talk radio pundits are spending a TON of energy trying to convince us regulations are the only thing holding growth back.

Hopefully some people with money start being at the bottom of the figurative hill, then something might change.

http://usparks.about.com/cs/parkhistory/a/johnstownflood.htm

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2014-01-30 01:24:11 PM  

Fubini: That was a worthless article. It was close to being good, though. They talked about relative risk levels in parts-per-billion (ppb), but didn't say what, where, or how much formaldehyde was measured in the water supply.


tl;dr?

13th paragraph:

"Initial testing at Vandalia Grille in Charleston showed traces of the chemical in the water -- twice at 32 parts per billion and once at 33 parts per billion, Simonton said. The testing took place Jan. 13, the first day some downtown Charleston businesses were able to flush their systems."  Source: tfa
 
2014-01-30 03:24:22 PM  
 
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