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Some 90 millimeters of picric acid diluted in a small container of 80 ounces of water spilled at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 59 Thursday afternoon. “
The folks followed exact procedures,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said this morning. “The amounts were so small that it really didn’t have to be reported.”
In sufficient quantities, the acid is quite toxic and can be dangerous if not handled properly, he said, but it’s a ubiquitous chemical.
“Picric acid is so common,” Roark said. “It’s found in every chem lab in every high school in America.”