Accession Number:

ADP004855

Title:

Calculation of TNT and RDX Concentration Limits for Feedlot Water Supplies

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY MEDICAL BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LAB FORT DETRICK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The occurrence of a contaminant in groundwater frequently reflects on the quality of a drinking water supply taken from that source for use by human beings. Should the groundwater be used for cattle in a feedlot, the demand is likely to be considerably higher than for a human population living in a similar area. Thus, it is prudent to ask whether the water, though unfit for direct human consumption, might not be satisfactory for cattle. Such a situation was brought to light in 1983-1984 at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant near Grand Island, Nebraska, where the Armys investigations identified a groundwater plume containing significant levels of TNT and RDX. The problem was approached from two viewpoints 1 Would the health of the cattle be seriously impaired 2 Would their meat, after slaughter, contain excessive levels of the two munitions compounds

Subject Categories:

  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE