Accession Number : ADA507128


Title :   Detonation Ground Soils, & Explosive-Contaminated Metal Have No Reactivity Characteristics Under RCRA Hazardous Waste Regulations


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : TOOELE ARMY DEPOT UT


Personal Author(s) : Bishop, Jay L.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA507128


Report Date : AUG 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 16


Abstract : Explosive reactivity tests conducted on soils prove that the soils are unreactive even with up to 20 % explosives added, and do not exhibit the "reactivity characteristic" as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for regulated hazardous wastes. Behaviour of various types of soil is discussed. The official EPA approved method for determining explosive reactivity is described, of more than twenty methods commonly used to measure explosive sensitivity. It is also important to know whether metal pieces, such as downloaded projectile casings, shrapnel, and equipment have acquired the "reactivity characteristic" from small amounts of contaminating explosives attached to them. Metal pieces coated with up to 2.2 grams of high explosive per pound of metal tested unreactive. Downloaded casings, shrapnel, and soil from detonation grounds, which have slight explosive contamination, and which are set to be discarded are thus not to be classed as hazardous waste by virtue of explosive reactivity under EPA regulations.


Descriptors :   *AMMUNITION FRAGMENTS , *SOILS , *DETONATIONS , *REACTIVITIES , *HAZARDOUS WASTES , *CONTAMINATION , SENSITIVITY , EXPLOSIVES , REGULATIONS , HIGH EXPLOSIVES , TEST METHODS , SYMPOSIA , MEASUREMENT , REPRINTS , PROJECTILE CASES , GROUND LEVEL , METALS


Subject Categories : AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES
      SOLID WASTES POLLUTION AND CONTROL
      SOIL MECHANICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE