Accession Number : ADA260912


Title :   Composting of Explosives-Contaminated Soil Technology


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 1988-Sep 1989


Corporate Author : WESTON (ROY F) INC WEST CHESTER PA


Personal Author(s) : Lowe, William ; Williams, Richard ; Marks, Peter


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a260912.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1989


Pagination or Media Count : 124


Abstract : A conceptual level development of the use of composting technology for the treatment of explosives-contaminated lagoon sediments has been conducted. Previous investigations of the technical aspects of explosives composting, including recent USATHAMA field demonstrations have indicated that composting can significatly reduce explosives contaminant levels. Conceptual level facility design, construction and operating requirements for implementation of composting have been developed based on the current level of knowledge with respect to the technical and regulatory aspects of the process. The economics of the process has been evaluated to include the economic sensitivity of the process to various design and operating variables. This evaluation is based on the areated static pile method. It does not include mechanical or in-vessel composting since they have not been tested with explosive-contaminated soil. Based upon present field demonstration data, implementation of composting for explosive-contaminated soil would likely prove to be expensive. However, further evaluation of compost mixture soil ratio, amendment costs, process kinetics, and performance criteria result in significant economic improvements.


Descriptors :   *DECONTAMINATION , *EXPLOSIVES , *CONTAMINANTS , *COMPOSTS , ECONOMICS , REACTION KINETICS , MIXTURES , PROPELLANTS , SOILS , SEDIMENTS , EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL


Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE