July 2015

Explosion in Federal Building Caused by Meth Lab?

Posted by MikaB on July 28, 2015

The chairman of the House committee that oversees the National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking for an investigation into an explosion that occurred at a potential meth lab at the agency’s Gaithersburg campus on Saturday.

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker requesting more information into the explosion and its apparent connection to drug manufacturing. Commerce oversees the tech agency.

“According to the Associated Press, the explosion may have been connected to a NIST security officer who was injured in the explosion. If these initial claims are verified, the fact that this explosion took place at a taxpayer-funded NIST facility potentially endangering NIST employees is of great concern,” Smith said.

A federal law enforcement official told AP that the explosion appeared to be connected to the security officer’s efforts to make methamphetamine. Authorities responding to the explosion found pseudoephedrine, Epsom salt and other items used to manufacture the illegal, highly addictive drug, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Those materials also included a drain opener and a recipe for making meth, federal officials told TV station NBC4.

Smith demanded a “briefing as soon as possible,” but no later than July 29. He also called for weekly updates on the investigation.

“As chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over NIST, I am troubled by the allegations that such dangerous and illicit activity went undetected at a federal research facility. It is essential that we determine exactly where the breakdown in protocol occurred and whether similar activities could be ongoing at other federal facilities. I look forward to working with NIST to ensure that researchers at our nation’s high-tech labs are safe from this sort of criminal activity,” Smith said.

The security officer, who has not been named, resigned effective Sunday, NIST said.

Asbestos And The War On YOUR Lungs!

Posted by MikaB on July 9, 2015

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

How Can Asbestos Affect My Health?

From studies of people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of:

  • lung cancer:
    — mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity; and
    — asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.

 

The risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma increases with the number of fibers inhaled. The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibers is also greater if you smoke. People who get asbestosis have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos.

 

Most people exposed to small amounts of asbestos, as we all are in our daily lives, do not develop these health problems. However, if disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. The fibers can remain there for a long time, increasing the risk of disease. Asbestos material that would crumble easily if handled, or that has been sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder, is more likely to create a health hazard.

Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home

  1. Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.Asbestos in walls
  2. Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
  3. Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
  4. Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
  5. Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.
  6. Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.
  7. Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
  8. Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
  9. Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

How To Manage An Asbestos Problem

If it is a problem, there are two types of corrections: repair and removal.

 

REPAIR usually involves either sealing or covering asbestos material.

workers removing asbestos material

 

Sealing (encapsulation) involves treating the material with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released. Pipe, furnace, and boiler insulation can sometimes be repaired this way. This should be done only by a professional trained to handle asbestos safely.

 

Covering(enclosure) involves placing something over or around the material that contains asbestos to prevent release of fibers. Exposed insulated piping may be covered with a protective wrap or jacket.

 

With any type of repair, the asbestos remains in place. Repair is usually cheaper than removal, but it may make later removal of asbestos, if necessary, more difficult and costly.

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