PROTOCOL FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION OF EXPLOSIVES-CONTAMINATED SITES

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Authors
  1. Thiboutot, S.
  2. Ampleman, G.
  3. Dube, P.
  4. Hawari, J.
  5. Spencer, B.
  6. and others
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Many activities of the Canadian Forces, such as firing, demolition procedures and destruction of obsolete ammunition by open burning and open detonation may lead to the dispersion of energetic compounds in the environment. These compounds are being closely examined due to their highly specific physical, chemical and toxicological properties. In Canada, limited effort has been devoted to examine this particular environmental threat. In this context, R&D was dedicated towards the establishment of a protocol that will allow reliable and safe characterization of sites potentially contaminated with explosives. This protocol was based on Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (DREV) research efforts and expertise in the chemistry of energetic materials, on the current existing literature, on the experience gained in practical field sampling and on collaborative work with BRI and CRREL. The protocol detailed in the present report covers all aspects related to surface and subsurface sampling, extraction, analysis, field-screening methods and environmental fate related with these specific contaminants. Furthermore, safety procedures are described that take into account the explosive and toxic nature of these compounds. This protocol will serve as a reference guide for future sampling campaigns on sites that are potentially contaminated with explosives.
Keywords
Energetic materials;Field screening methods
Report Number
DREV-9721 —
Date of publication
01 Apr 1998
Number of Pages
85
DSTKIM No
98-00754
CANDIS No
507621
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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