Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cultures of Energy Liveblog 6

The heavy PAH's are supposed to pose no risk to human health

But aging of crude reduces acute toxicity; the aromatics with a greater molecular structure are toxic increasingly relative to the number of carbon rings
It was thought they were not biologically available
but after Exxon Valdez << decline in fishing population there were new studies

many multi ringed compounds >> long term negative effects because they do become biologically available

3 to 5 ring PAH's metabolize as plastogens: they rearrange sections of chromosomes

so more rings are not more benign...

chronic long term sublethal effects increase with time not diminish, especially with heavier ones

scientists: complexity of these hydrocarbons
the metabolites of distinct PAH's depend on the organ, development, size, etc. Very interactive

multi ringed compounds >> questioning protection of scientific knowledge
cf tobacco industry
petroleum industry not innocent here: 1775 chemicals in fossil fuels and cancer link!
1930s hydrocarbons <> leukaemia
50 years of manufacturing uncertainty to stall regulation

>> production of constrained certainty
to foreclose the need for further research
insistence on the heavy rings' inertia

>> demonstrated that crude TPH level of 67 000ppm not deleterious...
>> reduce need to analyze sites

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