Accession Number : ADA327481

Title :   Plant Uptake of Explosives from Contaminated Soil and Irrigation Water at the Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant, Mead, Nebraska.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB

Personal Author(s) : Price, Richard A. ; Pennington, Judith C. ; Larson, Steven L. ; Nuemann, David ; Hayes, Charolett A.

PDF Url : ADA327481

Report Date : JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 90

Abstract : The former Nebraska Ordnance Plant (NOP) is a Superfund site in Saunders County, Nebraska Explosives were loaded, assembled, and packed into bombs, boosters, and shells at the site during World War II and the Korean Conflict. The ordnance were loaded with 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), amatol (TNT and ammonium nitrate), tritonal (mT and aluminum), and Composition B TNT and hexahydro- 1,3 ,5-trinitro- 1,3 ,5-triazine (RDX). Process wastewaters were discharged into sumps and bomb wash pits and their associated drainage ditch systems. In 1956 the NOP was placed on standby and declared excess in 1959. Currently, the property is owned by the University of Nebraska, the National Guard and Army Reserves, the Department of Commerce, and private individuals. Since explosives and volatile organic compounds were detected in soils and groundwater at the site, three operable units (OUs) were defined to address remediation, OU I, OU II, and OU m. This project falls under OU III, which includes possible waste disposal sites. Preliminary' remediation goals (RGs) for the site are 2 pg RDX per liter in groundwater and 5.8 and 17.2 mg kg -1 for RDX and TNT in soils, respectively (Rust Environmental Infrastructure 1995).

Descriptors :   *SOILS, *WATER POLLUTION, *SOIL POLLUTION, *ORDNANCE, *WASTE DISPOSAL, *CONTAMINATION, *RDX, *BIOLOGICAL ABSORPTION, *TRITONAL EXPLOSIVES, NATIONAL GUARD, MILITARY RESERVES, GLOBAL, COMMERCE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, ARMY PERSONNEL, WATER, SHELLS(STRUCTURAL FORMS), EXPLOSIVES, GROUND WATER, DRAINAGE, ALUMINUM, ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, VOLATILITY, UNIVERSITIES, KOREA, BOOSTER ROCKET ENGINES, BOMBS, PLANTS(BOTANY), IRRIGATION SYSTEMS, AMMONIUM NITRATE, DITCHES, AMATOL, NEBRASKA.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ammunition and Explosives
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

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