One very nice reference work I’ve used often, by N. Irving Sax, entitled Dangerous Properties of Hazardous Materials, begins on the title page with the well-known quote by Cardinal John Newman:

Nothing! would be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no-one could find fault with it.

(It’s a well-known quote, but I confess that Sax’s work is where I learned of it.)

This quote and reference to a useful compendium of environmental information are fitting for a kick-off of this blogging effort.  Things have  been in incipient stages for a long time, and it isn’t perfect.   There’s been a learning curve, and it won’t stop now.   Here we go.