Accession Number:

ADA199118

Title:

Data Summary for Trinitrotoluene

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Mar 1985-Jun 1986

Corporate Author:

ARMY MEDICAL BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LAB FORT DETRICK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

TNT is produced in a batch or continuous mode by reacting toluene with nitric acid in presence of sulfuric acid. Manufacture and load, assembly, and pack LAP operations provide several opportunities for TNT and its products to enter the environment. Wastewater discharged from Army ammunition plants AAP is the primary way that TNT enters the aquatic environment. Up to 60 mgL of TNT have been found in stream and river waters that receive waste effluent from AAPs, and associated sediments have contained up to 617 mgkg. TNT does not transport very well through soil into groundwater, and atmospheric transport is not environmentally significant. It is persistent in soils, but is rapidly degraded in aquatic environments. Keywords Aquatic toxicology, Drinking water quality, Environmental contaminants, Health advisory, Waste water, Water pollution, Health effects, Mammalian toxicology, Pollution abatement, Trinitrotoluene.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE