Chemical weapons destruction and explosive waste: unexploded by Robert Noyes

By Robert Noyes

A number of the more challenging environmental difficulties dealing with the dep. of protection (DOD) comprise (1) chemical guns destruction, (2) explosive waste remediation, and (3) unexploded ordnance clearance and extraction. it really is achievable that $50 to $100 billion may be spent by way of DOD for those 3 courses, supplying strange possibilities for environmental engineering and comparable businesses. army installations are Read more...

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Toxicity: The agents GA, GB, and VX are rapidly acting, lethal nerve agents. They directly affect the nervous system and are toxic as liquids and vapors. They are organophosphorus esters that inhibit acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that prevents the accumulation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at the nerve synapses. When too much acetylcholine is present, convulsion and death may result. The severity of symptoms of acute exposure to the nerve agents depends on the quantity and dose rate of the exposure.

Although the units passed the original pressure tests within industry standards, additional welding of the units was required to meet the Army's standards. Army program officials and the operations and maintenance contractor engineers described the welding leaks as minuscule and not visible to sight. The estimated cost to the government of making these repairs was approximately $93,000. The air filtration contractor funded the cost of a welder to assist in making the welding repairs. 52 Chemical Weapons/Explosive Waste/Unexploded Ordnance Clamping Devices: The design specifications for the filter units stipulated that toggle clamps be used to seal the charcoal tray covers.

The number of people within about six miles of various chemical weapons storage sites ranges from 101 in Tooele, Utah, to 44,054 in Aberdeen, Maryland. Public opposition to incineration has come from several citizens groups, states, and environmental organizations. They have raised concerns about incineration because of questions about adverse health effects, such as birth defects, respiratory diseases, neurological damage, and cancer. The linkage between these health problems and incineration is still being researched and debated.

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