|Date:||1 Jun 2001 16:15:46 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] munitions: source of dioxins and PCBs?|
At many of the U.S. bases where OB/OD (Open Burning/Open Detonation) of waste munitions has or is occuring, the military has designed enviromental sampling plans that include dioxins and PCBs. Trace amounts of dioxin have been found at Picatinny Arsenal; there are numerous reports that dioxin and PCBs have been and are being released into the air, water, and soil from OB/OD activities at Sierra Army Depot; in Box Elder, Utah, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Utah's Department of Environmental Quality required that a Metals Recovery Furnace (MRF) processing waste pyrotechnic materials must ensure "dioxin emissions do not exceed the Hazardous Waste Combustion MACT standard"; at Sunflower AAP, the Army designed an environmental sampling plan that included, in addition to metals and explosives, "PCBs, pesticides, and dioxin levels in surface soils, vegetation and surface water" in grazing areas; and, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Part B subpart X permit modification for weapon system testing at Edwards AFB, California, including the use of a Precision Impact Range for ordnance and targeting systems testing, will require accomplishing monitoring of toxic chemical air pollution releases from OB/OD events -- examples of toxic chemicals of concern are, but not limited to, "benzene, benzo(a)pyrene, formaldehyde, and tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxins." QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO OB/OD: What types and relevant components of munitions are expected/suspected to produce dioxin and/or PCB emissions when burned? Laura GENERAL QUESTION: What other manufacturing or disposal processes, unique to the military, are the expected/suspected sources of dioxin? -- Laura Olah, Executive Director Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger E12629 Weigand's Bay South Merrimac, WI 53561 phone (608)643-3124 fax (608)643-0005 alt fax (608)643-2682 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.cswab.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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