Assessment of Processing Gelled GB M55 Rockets at Anniston by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Review of Army Planning for the Disposal of M55 Rockets at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

In 1985, Congress mandated the destruction of the stockpile of M55 rockets kept at numerous chemical guns garage websites within the usa and its possessions a result of chance that the rockets might self-ignite. chance checks played through the military point out the danger to the general public is ruled by means of M55 rockets containing the nerve agent sarin (GB). throughout the disposal of those GB M55 rockets at a website in Tooele, Utah, it was once stumbled on that the agent had gelled in an important percent of the rockets. In those instances, the traditional destruction strategy wouldn't paintings. the military devised an alternative mechanism for incinerating the gelled rockets, however the nation of Utah restricted their disposal price utilizing this approach. the military, even though, has on account that constructed plans for expanding the destruction cost of gelled rockets and proposes that this technique be used at Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (ANCDF) in Anniston, Alabama. to help during this attempt, the military requested the nationwide examine Council (NRC) to judge the Army's plan for better destruction charges. Former Congressman Robert Riley (now Alabama's governor) additionally asked an NRC overview. This examine was once performed via the NRC advert hoc Committee on assessment of military making plans for the Disposal of M55 Rockets on the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

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They claim that the Army should therefore be required to obtain a new Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit. 2 As the Army’s stockpile disposal program has proceeded over more than a decade, the NRC has consistently urged the Army to engage community stakeholders in their activities. Some previous findings and recommendations on this topic are reviewed in Appendix A. ORIGINAL DISPOSAL PLAN FOR THE ANNISTON STOCKPILE The general design arrangements and proposed operations for disposal of GB M55 rockets at ANCDF are nearly identical with those employed at JACADS and TOCDF.

5 in. to 2 in. • The furnace bearings were relocated to prevent overheating. • The HDC was redesigned to avoid downtime associated with molten aluminum problems encountered in the original design. Notwithstanding that each site is unique with respect to the number and type of munitions stored, lot numbers represented, regulatory climate, public affairs climate, numbers and types of anomalous munitions, and to some extent, system design, a number of issues common to baseline facilities are apparent from a review of the experience in processing M55 rockets at JACADS and TOCDF: 25 PROCESSING OF M55 ROCKETS AT JACADS AND TOCDF • At JACADS and TOCDF, processing rates for the M55 rockets in the DFS were established and subsequently demonstrated in trial burns based on their handling in the RSM and on the thermal loading of drained rockets containing 5 percent or less of their original agent charge.

County commissioners have repeatedly accused federal officials of failing to provide maximum protection for the surrounding populace and 1Information from Army answers to questions from the Stockpile Committee as a follow-up to the September 25, 2002, factfinding meeting with the Army. 26 27 PROCESSING OF M55 ROCKETS AT ANCDF of failing to keep promises relating to protective equipment, overpressurization of school buildings, and other protective measures. Individuals and organizations opposed to incineration technology per se have also voiced opposition to plans for stockpile disposal at the ANCDF.

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