Accession Number : ADA304802

Title :   Composting of Nitrocellulose Fines - Regulatory and Logistical Feasibility - RAAP Installation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 94-Dec 95,

Corporate Author : WESTON (ROY F) INC WEST CHESTER PA

Personal Author(s) : Lowe, W. L. ; Myers, L. H. ; Savage, J. M.

PDF Url : ADA304802

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : The production of nitrocellulose for munitions purposes results in the production of nitrocellulose fines (NC fines). RAAP currently produces approximately 1,250 lbs/day of NC fines (dry basis). Composting has been evaluated as a means of managing these fines and yielding a nonreactive beneficial soil amendment. This report describes the logistical and regulatory feasibility and the following end-use Options for the compost: (1) land application (with harvesting) by the installation; (2) providing local farmers with compost as a soil amendment; (3) land application of finished compost to reclaim land that mining operations have disturbed; and (4) disposal at a landfill. All options were found to be feasible with regard to regulatory constraints. Because finished NC compost is not specified in federal or Virginia State regulations for solid waste, the nonhazardous nature of the compost needs to be assured through demonstration of nonreactivity and/or chemical content determination. Based on predicted application rates, the anticipated 450 tons/year of compost would require approximately 320 acres/year of land. Based on preliminary site selection criteria, these land requirements appear to be achievable. Costs per ton of compost range from 520/ton for supply to local farmers to $100/ton for application by the installation.

Descriptors :   *COMPOSTS, *EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL, *NITROCELLULOSE, VIRGINIA, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, HAZARDS, COST ANALYSIS, ARMY FACILITIES, MOISTURE CONTENT, MINING ENGINEERING, NITROGEN, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, SITE SELECTION, WASTE MANAGEMENT, SOIL CHEMISTRY, SITE INVESTIGATIONS, BIODEGRADATION, LAND USE, LANDFILLS, SOLID WASTES, REGULATIONS, AGRICULTURE, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, WASTE TREATMENT, SOIL TESTS, CONCENTRATION(CHEMISTRY), SLUDGE, SEWAGE, FARM CROPS, RECLAMATION, FINES.

Subject Categories : Agricultural Chemistry
      Ammunition and Explosives
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE