[time-nuts] HP 5071A Electron Multiplier of Cesium Beam Tube

J. Forster jfor at quik.com
Sun Sep 6 21:31:48 UTC 2009

Certainly possible, but there are so many idiotic regulations I'd think
total compliance was almost impossible.

I own a small electro-optics operation and some years ago the EPA (I
think) wanted to know what chemicals we had. Stupidly, I filled out the
form and listed Acetone and Alcohol. They demanded all sorts of
accountability reports, cradle to grave tracking, on everything we had. I
eventually told them "no way". Then they threatned fines, and I just threw
their letters out.

You see, We had a quart can of Alcohol and a quart can of Acetone from
Home Depot. In retrospect I should have called in "60 Minutes" to show
them up for the fools they were.



>>But, the incident was great publicity for the HazMat folks as most people
>>lack either the technical knowlege or judgement to separate a real hazard
>>from a PR exercise.
> Didn't the DoT publish a study a couple of years ago, that reported
> widespread mischaracterization of chemicals transported by road ?
> I seem to recall somthing about 10% of all manifests "showing some
> evidence of bad intent".
> Poul-Henning
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