The Biodegradation of TNT in Enhanced Soil and Compost Systems
Final technical rept. Jul 1974-Aug 1975
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER DOVER NJ LARGE CALIBER WEAPONSYSTEMS LAB
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The ability of microorganisms to degrade TNT under a variety of conditions has been examined. A technique involving the degradation of TNT in soil which had been enhanced with additional nutrients was found to yield undesirable end products and to proceed at too slow a rate to be practical as a means of disposing of large quantities of TNT. A procedure using a composting technique was found to be acceptable in that resonably large quantities up to 10 dry weight of TNT could be degraded in a reasonable time and no detectable undesirable end products resulted. The composting process was examined in bench scale experiments using standard analytical procedures and also carbon-14 tracer methodology.
- Civil Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives