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Model-Based Green Gun Propellant Formulations Demilitarization Module. Cost and Environmental Analysis
BOOZ-ALLEN AND HAMILTON INC MCLEAN VA
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The environmentally sound demilitarization of energetic materials is a significant issue for the energetic materials community. The Senate Armed Services committee has described munitions storage depots in the United States as being at their maximum storage capacity, without room for new munitions until such time as the existing munitions stockpile is reduced. The Committees Report for the FY99 Defense Authorization Bill estimates that there are over 400,000 tons of obsolete, unserviceable or unusable conventional munitions awaiting demilitarization, with that total expected to grow by an additional 400,000 tons by the end of Fiscal Year 1999. The Joint Demilitarization Technology Program estimates that the current demilitarization stockpile requiring resource recovery or disposition costs more than 11 million per year to store. The recent Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program SERDP Energetic Materials Environmental Study reports that in the coming years, millions of pounds of gun propellant, with a typical shelf life in excess of 40 years, will be produced by DoD. Ensuring a safe and effective means of demilitarizing and disposing of these munitions has become a serious concern to regulators and a costly burden on the DoD logistic system.
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