The insight about incorporating is interesting, and given the facts of the situation, might not be a bad idea.
To your other point:
>The number one thing you should not expect about doing science, at any level, is that it will be cheap, quick or lean. When it comes to science those words mean the same thing as "violating environmental and safety law" or simply doing a piss-poor job.
THIS is what's unfortunate. The point of the article (IMO) was to lament the state of things that law-abiding citizens aren't able to get chemicals once thought reasonable to acquire.