Author: Tom Speight

Safety Training has Come a Long Way

This picture is of a coal mine in West Virginia; the publication it was in was dated 1946, where it was presented as an example of ‘the bad old days.’ I found it in an old copy of the quarterly employee magazine of Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, a holding company which used to have […]

Coal Tar – Yesterday’s Nuisance, Today’s Problem

Coal Tar – Yesterday’s Nuisance, Today’s Problem OTO’s work includes a lot of remediation projects.in Massachusetts and Connecticut. One of the things we run into on occasion is coal tar, a viscous, black, smelly product of our industrial heritage. Coal tar is not one of the more common challenges encountered at MCP sites in Massachusetts, […]

Say goodbye to the Glomar Explorer

The Glomar Explorer was a remarkable ship, but the story surrounding her is still more amazing. She was built during the Cold War for a secret high-tech CIA mission, the sheer complexity of which rivaled a space mission. After her mission was exposed, she was converted into a deep-sea oil drilling ship. In 2015 it was announced that she would be sold for scrap.

Chernobyl.

I keep a medal in my desk at home. I didn’t earn it; it is only an eBay purchase, but it has a lot of philosophical value for me. It is constructed of brass with enameled areas and a cloth ribbon on the hanger. The central detail shows symbols for alpha, beta, and gamma radiation […]

Where Does the Garbage Go?

Where Does The Garbage Go? I looked into the refrigerator last week and couldn’t help but make a mental inventory of the fridge contents in the wake of Thanksgiving. We had the cranberry chutney that nobody but me liked, the sweet potatoes that time forgot, and three kinds of leftover turkey. I was pretty sure […]