Publisher description for Cleanup of chemical and explosive munitions : locating, identifying contaminants, and planning for environmental remediation of land and sea military ranges and ordnance dumpsites / Richard D. Albright.


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Audience: Environmental scientists, explosive and ordnance demolition personnel, first responders, building contractors, insurance agents, as well as terrorism, transportation and industry officials involved with chemicals.



Unexploded military ordnance and toxic chemicals, some dating back to World War I, are worldwide problems, especially at closed military bases that will be redeveloped for housing and other civilian use. In Europe and Asia, many of the munition sites are former battlegrounds; in Russia and its former territories, the sites are storage and waste disposal sites.



This book describes the steps necessary to properly clean up a military ordnance site. It includes a detailed list of the explosives, chemical warfare material and breakdown products that should be tested for in soil and groundwater. It includes archival studies, remote sensing techniques, geophysical techniques, safety issues, a primer on chemical weapons, explosives and ordnance, unknown range list, known range list, and a case study of primary documents written for the cleanup of one of the worst sites in the United States, Spring Valley in the District of Columbia. The book covers new and emerging military munitions contaminants such as perchlorates, n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and trichloroethylene (TCE). The book is augmented with maps, photographs, and eight appendices.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Chemical weapons disposal.
Explosive ordnance disposal.
Hazardous waste site remediation.
Bombing and gunnery ranges -- Environmental aspects.
Military bases -- Environmental aspects.