Accession Number:

ADA350714

Title:

Techniques to Improve the Environmental Safety of OB and OD Operations

Descriptive Note:

Technical paper 23-27 Jun 96

Corporate Author:

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC

Report Date:

1996-06-27

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The three methods commonly used to dispose of unneeded PEP material are 1 incineration 2 disassembly, recovery, and recycling DRC and 3 burning or detonating in the open OB, OD. Although incineration and DRC are the environmentally-preferred methods of disposal, they cannot presently be used on many items in the inventory for one or more of the following reasons. First, the composition is either unknown, unstable, obsolete or has degraded. Second, they cannot be safely disassembled. Third, the financial and environmental expense of developing a recovery and reuse technology for them cannot be justified based on the quantity in the demil inventory or the commercial value if the material that would be recovered. For these materials, OB and OD are the only disposal techniques currently available and, thus, they continue to be an integral part of all nations PEP demil programs.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Air Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE