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I was visiting another local blog that had a topic on Obama’s 3 billion dollar tax break for producers of corn-based ethanol and had a brain far re: Hydrogen powered cars and Nafion XL MEA (Membrane Electrode Assemblies) came to mind. MEA’s are a critical componet for the advancement of Hydrogen Fuel Cells. DuPont is making wonderful advancements with Hydrogen Fuel Cells. however, we must always consdier the human health risk factors.
“Nafion is a sulfonated tetrafluoroethylene based fluoropolymer–copolymer discovered in the late 1960s by Walther Grot of DuPont. It is the first of a class of synthetic polymers with ionic properties which are called ionomers. Nafion’s unique ionic properties are a result of incorporating perfluorovinyl ether groups terminated with sulfonate groups onto a tetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) backbone. Nafion has received a considerable amount of attention as a proton conductor for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells because of its excellent thermal and mechanical stability.”
As you can see Tetrafluoroethylene is a componet;
“Regulations DOT Tetrafluoroethylene is considered a hazardous material and special requirements have been set for marking, labeling, and transporting this material”
“When administered by inhalation to F344 rats, TFE induced renaltubule neoplasms, hepatocellular neoplasms, liver hemangiosarcoma, and mononuclear cell leukemia. When administered by inhalation to B6C3F1 mice, TFE induced liver hemangiomas and hemangiosarcomas, hepatocellular neoplasms, and histiocytic sarcomas. No adequate human studies of the relationship between exposure to TFE and human cancer have been reported (IARC 1999).”
Life on Earth does suck because trading off one Poison “fossil fuels” for other alternatives does have impact of our lives. I’ll admit Tetrafluoroethylene appears to have concerning health threat during any production of product with this compound. However, what impact with products containing such material have on landfills and junkyards?
Somewhere between Kilroy being an asshole and stupid is a nerd. The old science minded Kilroy awoke because of the panic with the Swine Flu. It’s ashamed that we aren’t this concerned with all the environmental hazard labeled under cute names. I have greater fear of Delaware’s drinking water than I do the Swine Flu. God only knows where I come up with this shit because none of it was on my GED test.
Once the Red Clay School Board Election is over and done with you may see Kilroy post more information about the hidden hazards we breath, drink and dump in old mother Earth.
Swine flu! Relax, I think with all the shit in the environment you need to start worrying if grandchildren will be born with multiple limbs and without eyes.
Don’t worry about mother Earth because there will come a day she will purge mankind of her back. She will heal in time.
Laz be nice and don’t pick on the family