Ocean Incineration of Propellant and Ordnance Waste,
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON D C
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Ocean incineration is a proven, effective hazardous waste destruction technology, particularly for troublesome halogenated organic chemicals. To date it has been used to destroy wastes from petrochemical manufactures, waste pesticides, and banned organohalogens such as Agent Orange and liquid polychlorinated biphenyis PCBs. Many of these wastes are more acutely toxic and more environmentally stable than fuel wastes. Therefore, the success of ocean incineration for these wastes suggests that the propulsion community should evaluate ocean incineration as a destruction technology for propellant and ordnance wastes. This paper discusses alternative management operations that can be used with ocean incineration. Some are already available in the U.S. commercial chemical waste disposal industry, but others which have not been implemented commercially may be interesting to the propulsion community if a centralized federally-operated propellant waste destruction facility is being evaluated.