A Data Base for Predicting Consequences of Chemical Disposal Operations
EDGEWOOD ARSENAL ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The objective of this report is to provide data from which predictions of the hazards from a variety of past disposals of toxic chemical agents may be based. Literature searches were carried out 1 on the behavior of chemical agents in soil and 2 on the effects of corrosion on the stability of various containers when buried or when dumped in the ocean in order to obtain information needed for reasonably approximate estimation of residual hazards. Where sufficient information on factors affecting the hydrolysis rates of chemical agents in fresh water or in seawater had not been previously obtained, laboratory investigations were conducted on hydrolysis rates and on the toxicity of the hydrolysis products. Estimates are given of lengths of time the various chemical agents will remain hazardous after disposal by methods used in the past.
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