Thursday, March 8, 2007

UW Brain Prof Dumps HazMat

A UW Pharmacology professor who studies the brain used the save-a-buck region of his own brain when he should have used the follow-the-law area. The Environmental Health and Safety Department told Prof. Daniel R. Storm that it would cost $15,000 to dispose properly of a highly flammable solvent in his lab. Seeking to preserve his budget, he took an ax to the containers holding the solvent and poured it down the drain, followed by another solution to dilute the bad stuff. On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty in federal court to knowingly disposing of a hazardous waste without a permit. Prosecutors are recommending probation. Professor pleads guilty to dumping chemical, Seattle P-I, March 8, 2007.

Storm's lawyer, John Wolfe, said that Storm acknowledged that he acted improperly and is trying to rectify the matter by pleading guilty to the dumping charge and working with the university.

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