Accession Number : ADA311096

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

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 44-May 96,

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

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

PDF Url : ADA311096

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The production of nitrocellulose for munitions purposes results in the production of nitrocellulose fines (NC fines). BAAP currently has stored approximately 500 tons of NC fines (dry basis). Composting has been evaluated as a means of managing these fines and yielding a nonreactive beneficial soil amendment. This paper summarizes the regulatory logistical and feasibility of the following end-use options for the finished NC fines compost: (1) land application (with harvesting) by the installation; (2) providing local farmers with compost as a soil amendment; (3) application for mining reclamation: and (4) disposal of the compost in a landfill. Mining reclamation was not logistically feasible. All of the end-use options were found to be feasible with regard to regulatory constraints. Because finished NC compost is not specified in federal or Wisconsin 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 compost 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 he achievable. Total costs per ton of compost (including disposal) range from $3,030/ton for supply to local farmers to $3.250/ton for application by the installation.

Descriptors :   *FEASIBILITY STUDIES, *INSTALLATION, *LOGISTICS, *COMPOSTS, *REGULATIONS, *NITROCELLULOSE, *FINES, REQUIREMENTS, FIBERS, RECYCLED MATERIALS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, PRODUCTION, CHEMICALS, REACTIVITIES, MINING ENGINEERING, COSTS, PROPELLANTS, SOILS, AMMUNITION, MUNITIONS INDUSTRY, SITE SELECTION, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, DISPOSAL, POLLUTION ABATEMENT, ARMY, SOLID WASTES, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, LAND AREAS, CELLULOSE, RECLAMATION.

Subject Categories : Plastics
      Inorganic Chemistry
      Organic Chemistry
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE