Accession Number : ADA295802

Title :   Pink Water Treatment Options.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author : CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORP JOHNSTOWN PA

Personal Author(s) : Qazi, Mahmood ; Freward, Brian ; Scher, Marvin ; Nelson, Brian

PDF Url : ADA295802

Report Date : 05 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 114

Abstract : Origin and Composition of Pink Water Army Ammunition Plants (AAPs) perform two functions that generate a waste stream known as pink water. These functions are (1) load, assemble, and pack (LAP), and (2) demilitarization of munitions. Associated housekeeping and processing operations, for example, wash down and wash Out of munitions, and laundering workers' clothing, create the waste water stream. Pink water typically contains trinitrotoluene (TNT), which is photochemically active, resulting in the color giving pink water its name. In addition, pink water usually contains cyclotrimethylene- trinitramine (RDX) and cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine (HMX). The composition of pink water is highly variable, dependent on process materials and operations. 200 ppm dissolved energetic related materials is the reference value used in this work. By law, pink water must be in compliance with discharge limits before disposal. Objective: Evaluate Alternatives to Current Treatment Technology Currently, AAPs meet discharge requirements by using carbon adsorption to remove contaminants from pink water. The carbon is then either regenerated for reuse or incinerated for disposal. More effective technologies are being sought for pink water treatment. The objective of this task is to evaluate alternatives to the current activated carbon treatment of pink water, and to select five of these technologies for further evaluation. pg13. JMD

Descriptors :   *AMMUNITION, *TNT, FUNCTIONS, REQUIREMENTS, WASTE WATER, ADSORPTION, MATERIALS, PROCESSING, CARBON, ACTIVATED CARBON, LIMITATIONS, PERSONNEL, WASTES, DEMILITARIZATION, DISPOSAL, CLOTHING, RDX, STREAMS, LAUNDRY OPERATIONS, HMX.

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE