Accession Number:

ADA054375

Title:

The Biodegradation of TNT in Enhanced Soil and Compost Systems

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. Jul 1974-Aug 1975

Corporate Author:

ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER DOVER NJ LARGE CALIBER WEAPONSYSTEMS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE