Accession Number:

ADA295802

Title:

Pink Water Treatment Options.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author:

CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORP JOHNSTOWN PA

Report Date:

1995-05-05

Pagination or Media Count:

114.0

Abstract:

Origin and Composition of Pink Water Army Ammunition Plants AAPs perform two functions that generate a waste stream known as pink water. These functions are 1 load, assemble, and pack LAP, and 2 demilitarization of munitions. Associated housekeeping and processing operations, for example, wash down and wash Out of munitions, and laundering workers clothing, create the waste water stream. Pink water typically contains trinitrotoluene TNT, which is photochemically active, resulting in the color giving pink water its name. In addition, pink water usually contains cyclotrimethylene- trinitramine RDX and cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine HMX. The composition of pink water is highly variable, dependent on process materials and operations. 200 ppm dissolved energetic related materials is the reference value used in this work. By law, pink water must be in compliance with discharge limits before disposal. Objective Evaluate Alternatives to Current Treatment Technology Currently, AAPs meet discharge requirements by using carbon adsorption to remove contaminants from pink water. The carbon is then either regenerated for reuse or incinerated for disposal. More effective technologies are being sought for pink water treatment. The objective of this task is to evaluate alternatives to the current activated carbon treatment of pink water, and to select five of these technologies for further evaluation. pg13. JMD

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE