Accession Number : ADP004750

Title :   Emergency Response Equipment to Clean up Hazardous Chemical Releases at Spills and Uncontrolled Waste Sites,

Corporate Author : MUNICIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LAB EDISON NJ OIL AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPILLS BRANCH

Personal Author(s) : Wilder,I.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : This paper reviews some of the research activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the development of emergency response equipment to control hazardous chemical releases. Several devices and systems have been developed by EPA for environmental emergencies involving spills and uncontrolled waste sites. Many of these have already been made available commercially, including a mobile physical/chemical treatment system for processing contaminated water at hazardous incidents and a mobile laboratory for onsite chemical analyses. Other operationally ready devices mentioned include: a mobile stream diversion system for isolating segments of small streams to facilitate the removal of contaminated sediments; a portable back-pack polyurethane foam diking system for the containment of spilled chemicals; and an acoustic emission-based spill alert device for detecting imminent dike failure at lagoons containing toxic and hazardous wastes. Prototypical equipment which are now undergoing shakedown testing and evaluation include: a mobile soils washing system for extracting spilled materials from excavated soils onsite; and a mobile, field-use incineration system for the thermal destruction of toxic organic compounds.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, *HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, *CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION, TOXIC HAZARDS, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, EMERGENCIES, WASTE DISPOSAL, WASTE TREATMENT, BARRIERS, DIKES, CHEMICAL LABORATORIES, MOBILE, WARNING SYSTEMS, INCINERATORS, CHEMICALS, POLLUTANTS, SPILLING, SEDIMENTS, CONTAINMENT(GENERAL), WATER POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE