Design Principles, Requirements, and Safety Assessment for the Safe Disposition of Munitions (An Overview of STANAG 4518)
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EXPLOSIVES SAFETY BOARD ALEXANDRIA VA
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Growing international awareness of ecological issues and the environmental impact of industrial waste disposal processes have caused NATO member nations to examine programs and processes concerning the demilitarization and disposal of munitions. Contributors of this increased attention include more stringent international environmental legislation, the desire to preserve natural resources, the desire to reduce waste, and limited space and locations for disposal. Because legislation is likely to become more stringent in the future, plans and processes used in the demilitarization and disposal of munitions will need to be carefully crafted and be reviewed continually in the light of new legislation and advances in technology. The focus of demilitarization and disposal is escalating from using techniques that are safe, efficient and cost effective to ones that are environmentally acceptable, physically safe, free of health hazards, practical, and cost effective. Nations are being urged to move from disposal processes that rely on destruction toward those that maximize the recovery and reuse of component materials.
- Water Pollution and Control