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Subject: Phosphine gas

Phosphine gas

From: Michael Trinkley <chicora>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999
Hilda Abreu Utermohlen inquires regarding the effects of phosphine
fumigant on cultural materials. This gas is so rarely used in
museum, library, and archival fumigation that not a lot is known.
However, what is certain is that it does cause corrosion of metals
and the various manufacturers recommend that steps be taken to
protect metal materials during routine fumigation.

Her suggestion of anoxic treatment--if any treatment is
needed--seems far more appropriate.

Michael Trinkley, Ph.D.
Chicora Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 8664
Columbia, SC  29202

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:8
                  Distributed: Tuesday, July 13, 1999
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