Accession Number : ADA570211
Title : Passive Reactive Berm to Provide Low Maintenance Lead Containment at Active Small Arms Firing Ranges: Field Demonstration
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
Personal Author(s) : Wynter, Michelle ; Larson, Steven L ; Martin, W A ; Griggs, Chris S ; O'Connor, Gregory ; Mackie, David ; Nestler, Catherine C
Report Date : Aug 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 96
Abstract : Heavy metals are released into the environment as a result of critical military live-fire training. Preventing heavy-metal migration into and contamination of the local environment is crucial because remediating contaminated soils is resource intensive, difficult, and costly. Previous studies have demonstrated that phosphate amendments have been successfully used as a best management practice (BMP) to immobilize metal contaminants. The Passive Reactive Berm (PRBerm) technology incorporates phosphate amendments with ballistic sand to immobilize soluble metals (e.g., lead) during the inevitable bullet corrosion process. Treatability studies determined that an amendment ratio of 5% (weight/ weight) to sand was sufficient to contain 90% of soluble lead within the berm material. The technology was field tested on the M-60 small arms firing range (SAFR) at Charleston Air Force Base (CAFB) in Charleston, South Carolina. The CAFB PRBerm was tested with a 5% TRAPPS amendment (a granular, apatite-based material), alone and in combination with a 5% thermally treated fish bone Apatite. For the CAFB PRBerm, storm water runoff and leachate water samples were collected directly from the SAFR and analyzed for metals, total suspended solids (TSS), and pH. Reduced metals migration in soil leachate and surface water runoff when compared to the traditional earthen berm was observed. The total suspended solids in the leachate and runoff waters from the amended berms increased over the control berm. Results indicated that the pH of the runoff waters from the amended berms remained acidic. The benefits of the PRBerm when compared to the traditional earthen berm, or a fully contained bullet trap, include reduced metals migration in soil leachate and surface water runoff, as well as reduced construction and operation costs. The PRBerm has the potential to provide a useful, low-cost tool for defense forces to maintain active firing ranges.
Descriptors : *CONTAINMENT(GENERAL) , *SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION , CORROSION , LEAD(METAL) , MILITARY FACILITIES , PHOSPHATES , SAND
Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Ammunition and Explosives
Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE