Distribution and Fate of Energetics on DoD Test and Training Ranges
Interim rept. no. 4
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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The DoD has a mandate of environmental stewardship as well as military readiness. Therefore, the concern that training with live munitions potentially generates undesirable residual constituents is of interest. The objective of this study is to develop techniques for assessing the potential for environmental contamination from energetic materials on testing and training ranges. The project defines the physical and chemical properties, concentrations, and distribution of residues in soils, and the potential for transport of these residues to groundwater. Surface soils associated with impact craters, targets areas, and firing points were characterized on 18 military installations in the United States and Canada. Residues from high-order, low-order, unconfined charge, and blow-in-place detonations were collected on witness plates, snow, andor tarps for constituent analyses. Results of these analyses were used to characterize residue composition and spatial distribution in relationship to the types of training activities conducted. Results also contributed to development of surface soil sampling strategies for live-fire ranges. Transport parameters of contaminants of potential concern for which data are lacking were determined by leveraging this project with other landing sources.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
- Water Pollution and Control
- Environmental Health and Safety