2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 21:59:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, MUNITIONS: Utah Test Range permeable reactive barrier
Dummy bombs may fight pollution

By Joseph M. Dougherty
Deseret News (UT)
May 4, 2009

SUNSET — If you are a major branch of the U.S. military and you have somewhat of a pollution problem on your hands, it must be heartening to know that you may already own part of the cleanup solution.

And who knew that solution could include bombs?

For years, the Air Force has used the Utah Test and Training Range in Utah's West Desert to practice dropping dummy bombs made of iron.

And it just so happens that iron reacts well with a possible carcinogen known as trichloroethene, or TCE. Because of TCE in the various plumes of groundwater seeping underground from the base, the area was added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of Superfund sites in 1987, and restoration efforts have been under way since 1990.

This spring, base engineers expect to try a new twist on an old favorite remediation effort — the permeable reactive barrier. If successful, this new effort could be applied to similar cleanup efforts across the U.S. Department of Defense.

Hill Air Force Base has purchased a crushing machine to turn the formerly useless hunks of iron left over from bombing practice into grains of iron sand. This is the first time bombs are being used to clean up pollution, said Mark Roginske, site manager over two plumes of pollution in Roy, Sunset and Clinton.


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