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A Concept of Portable Chem-Demil System

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Because of the relief of tension between the western and eastern blocks, the phase-out of many arsenals activities has gained momentum in the last few years. In these years, some waste materials including ordnance and chemical agents were routinely destroyed by neutralization or by burning in chambers. During the final phase-out, the number of designated areas to be decontaminated is expected to exceed the number of chem-demil facilities to be built. Many of them involve the decontamination of small sites. From the cost-effective viewpoint, a portable chem-demil system can be more attractive than a fullscale facility. The proposed system may be similar to the USEPA Mobile Incinerator primarily built to test the adequacy of present technology for the destruction of organic contaminants in soils. It will include a number of trailers the processing equipment may be contained in separate trailers for the destruction of chemical agents. In this system, the major component is the containment chamber holding the munitions with chemical agent and bursters. The chamber is mounted on a trailer capable of moving on public highways and byways. After being loaded into the chamber, the munitions will be opened and the chemical agent will be removed. The agent removed will be transferred to a vacuum holding tank for temporary storage. Both the chemical agent and decontaminated munition with burster will be removed, neutralized, and destroyed by others in a designated facility.

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  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control

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