Accession Number:

AD0686459

Title:

STUDIES ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION BY MISSILE PROPELLANTS

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May 1964-Jun 1967

Corporate Author:

OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS RADIATION CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The effects of single experimental exposures of plants, fish and microorganisms to members of a group of inorganic fluoride oxidizing agents have been summarized. The information obtained has enabled estimation of the damage to be expected as a result of single accidental exposures in the field. These agents--nitrogen trifluoride NF3, tetrafluorohydrazine N2F4, oxygen difluoride OF2, chlorine trifluoride ClF3, bromine pentafluoride BrF5, and chlorine pentafluoride ClF5--vary in chemical behavior and biological effects. NF3 is relatively innocuous OF2 must be avoided absolutely by animals and plants, and both are quite stable chemically. The interhalogens react readily in contact with environmental constituents, and while destructive at the site of initial contact, they are self limiting in effect. N2F4 also reacts easily, but should cause only moderate damage. Plant injury in all cases would probably be limited to the currently growing crop, with little possibility of carry-over effects in soil.

Subject Categories:

  • Toxicology
  • Liquid Rocket Propellants
  • Air Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE