Characterization of an unexploded ordnance contaminated range (Tracadie Range) for potential contamination by energetic materials

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Authors
  1. Thiboutot, S.
  2. Ampleman, G.
  3. Gagnon, A.
  4. Marois, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Some operational activities of the Canadian Forces such as firing practice may cause the dispersion of energetic compounds in the environment. Energetic materials could be released immediately after the firing in the case of broken munitions or they could be released very slowly from leaching underground unexploded ordnance (UXO). Even if site characterization has been well documented over the last twenty years, only little is known about the environmental behaviour of energetic compounds in relation with unexploded ordnance. These compounds should be closely monitored due to their highly specific physical, chemical and toxicological properties and limited effort has been spent to examine this particular environmental threat. By its nature, unexploded ordnance poses a hazard to personnel and it also presents the potential of being a source for energetic materials contamination. This work was undertaken following the decision of the Department of the National Defence to close Tracadie Range as a training range. Our effort was directed towards two objectives: to ascertain that the site did not represent a threat to human health nor to the environment, and to assess the environmental impact of UXO's. This report presents the characterization of the unexploded ordnance contaminated Tracadie Range, located in Tracadie, New Brunswick. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Soil pollution;OB/OD;Open Burning/Open Detonation Activity;Energetic materials;Site restoration;Soil analyzer
Report Number
DREV-TR-2000-102 — Technical Report
Date of publication
20 Nov 2000
Number of Pages
46
DSTKIM No
CA010852
CANDIS No
514919
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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