Accession Number : ADA292971
Title : Feasibility of White-rot Fungi for Biodegradation of PCP-treated Ammunition Boxes.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGI NEERING DIV
Personal Author(s) : Scholze, Richard J. ; Lamar, Richard T. ; Bolduc, Jennifer ; Dietrich, Diane
PDF Url : ADA292971
Report Date : JAN 1995
Pagination or Media Count : 64
Abstract : Millions of pounds of wood ammunition boxes treated with the wood preservative pentachiorophenol (PCP) are being stockpiled at military installations, primarily depots, because cost-effective disposal is not readily available. The Army needs cost-effective and environmentally benign treatment methods for destruction and disposal of PCP-treated wood products. This research investigated the use of white-rot fungi to biodegrade PCP-treated wood. Results showed that white-rot fungi effectively decreased the PCP concentration in contaminated hardwood and softwood chips. Under ideal laboratory conditions the fungi reduced the PCP concentration by 80 percent; a field study showed only a 30 percent decrease in PCP concentration. Despite this disparity, this study demonstrated the feasibility of using white-rot fungi to reduce PCP in treated wood.
Descriptors : *FUNGI, *BIODEGRADATION, MILITARY FACILITIES, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, BOXES, SUPPLY DEPOTS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, LABORATORIES, CONTAMINATION, DISPOSAL, HAZARDOUS WASTES, ARMY, AMMUNITION CONTAINERS, STOCKPILES, WOOD, HARDWOODS.
Subject Categories : Microbiology
Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE