PROJECT SWIFTSURE FINAL REPORT: DESTRUCTION OF CHEMICAL AGENT WASTE AT DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT SUFFIELD

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Authors
  1. McAndless, J.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
Project Swiftsure describes a Department of National Defence (DND) project undertaken at the Defence Research Establishment Suffield (DRES) to dispose of old chemical warfare agent waste stored on the DRES Experimental Proving Ground (EPG). DRES is located at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield, approximately 50 kilometres northwest of the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta. This project was created in response to an independent study which reviewed all aspects of the DND chemical and biological defence research and training programs. In 1989, the Minister of National Defence directed DRES to accelerate and complete by 1992 the chemical agent disposal programs which had been on-going at CFB Suffield since the end of World War II. This directive was based on the rationale that continued storage of agents represented an unacceptable risk and that Canadian initiatives at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament remained compromised while the agents existed. The agent waste inventory, which had been sorted previously and stored at remote, protected sites on the EPG, included mustard (12 tonnes), lewisite (2.5 tonnes), nerve agents (0.3 tonnes) and contaminated scrap metal (400 tonnes). An on-site disposal operation was selected by DRES as this provided maximum safety and environmental protection compared to either permanent storage or transportation of agents off-site for commercial disposal. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Rotary kiln;Chemical neutralization;Stack emissions monitoring;Air quality;Environmental monitoring
Report Number
DRES-SP-170 — Special Publication
Date of publication
01 May 1995
Number of Pages
315
DSTKIM No
95-03536
CANDIS No
152843
Format(s):
Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Hardcopy

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