Inventorying "Dangerous" Chemicals for the DHS
The DHS wants universities to inventory a long list of chemicals:
Unusual paranoia over chemical attack in the US takes many forms. It can be seen in a recent piece of trouble from the Department of Homeland Security, a long list of "chemicals of interest" it wishes to require all university settings to inventory.
"Academic institutions across the country claim they will have to spend countless hours and scarce resources on documenting very small amounts of chemicals in many different labs that are scattered across sometimes sprawling campuses," reported a recent Chemical & Engineering News, the publication of the American Chemical Society.
"For 104 chemicals on the list, the threshold is 'any amount.'"
If one has a little bit of background in chemical weapons synthesis, one can see DHS is possessed by the idea that terrorists might storm into universities and plunder chem labs for precursors to nerve gases.
Interesting stuff about specific chemicals in the article.
Posted on June 8, 2007 at 6:12 AM • 45 Comments