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REVIEW OF CHEMICAL AGENT SECONDARY WASTE DISPOSAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

Committee on Review of Chemical Agent Secondary Waste Disposal and Regulatory Requirements

Board on Army Science and Technology

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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COMMITTEE ON REVIEW OF CHEMICAL AGENT SECONDARY WASTE DISPOSAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

PETER B. LEDERMAN, Chair,

New Jersey Institute of Technology (retired), New Providence, New Jersey

ROBIN L. AUTENRIETH,

Texas A&M University, College Station

RICHARD J. AYEN,

Waste Management, Inc. (retired), Jamestown, Rhode Island

JOHN D. GLASS,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired), Hampton, Virginia

CHRISTINE S. GRANT,

North Carolina State University, Raleigh

GARY S. GROENEWOLD,

Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls

REBECCA A. HAFFENDEN,

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe

PETER C. HSU,

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California

LOREN D. KOLLER,

Oregon State University (retired), Corvallis

WILLIAM R. RHYNE,

ABS Consulting (retired), Kingston, Tennessee

SUBHAS K. SIKDAR,

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati

JACK SOLOMON,

Praxair, Inc. (retired), East Hampton, Connecticut

WALTER J. WEBER, JR.,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Staff

BILLY M. WILLIAMS, Study Director

HARRISON T. PANNELLA, Senior Program Officer

MARGARET N. NOVACK, Senior Program Officer

JAMES C. MYSKA, Senior Research Associate

SARAH PELLEGRIN, Senior Program Assistant

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BOARD ON ARMY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

MALCOLM R. O’NEILL, Chair,

Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired), Vienna, Virginia

ALAN H. EPSTEIN, Vice Chair,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

RAJ AGGARWAL,

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

SETH BONDER,

The Bonder Group, Ann Arbor, Michigan

JAMES CARAFANO,

The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

ROBERT L. CATTOI,

Rockwell International Corporation (retired), Dallas, Texas

DARRELL W. COLLIER,

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (retired), Leander, Texas

ROBERT R. EVERETT,

MITRE Corporation (retired), New Seabury, Massachusetts

PATRICIA K. FALCONE,

Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California

WILLIAM R. GRAHAM,

National Security Research, Inc. (retired), Arlington, Virginia

PETER F. GREEN,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

CARL GUERRERI,

Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc., Herndon, Virginia

M. FREDERICK HAWTHORNE,

University of Missouri, Columbia

MARY JANE IRWIN,

Pennsylvania State University, University Park

CLARENCE W. KITCHENS,

Science Applications International Corporation, Vienna, Virginia

LARRY LEHOWICZ,

Quantum Research International, Arlington, Virginia

JOHN W. LYONS,

U.S. Army Research Laboratory (retired), Ellicott City, Maryland

EDWARD K. REEDY,

Georgia Tech Research Institute (retired), Atlanta

DENNIS J. REIMER,

DFI International, Washington, D.C.

WALTER D. SINCOSKIE,

Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Morristown, New Jersey

JUDITH L. SWAIN,

University of California, San Diego

WILLIAM R. SWARTOUT,

Institute for Creative Technologies, Marina del Rey, California

EDWIN L. THOMAS,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

ELLEN D. WILLIAMS,

University of Maryland, College Park

Staff

BRUCE A. BRAUN, Director

DONNA RANDALL, Administrative Coordinator

CHRIS JONES, Financial Associate

DEANNA P. SPARGER, Senior Administrative Assistant

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Preface

The U.S. Army’s Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) is charged with disposing of all chemical munitions and chemical agents in accordance with congressional mandates and in compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty. In fulfilling part of that mission, the CMA currently operates five facilities to dispose of stockpile munitions and agent. Large quantities of waste result during the disposal operations. This report addresses the challenges of managing these wastes safely and effectively as agent disposal operations proceed. The efficient disposal of the wastes generated as a result of the disposal operations, termed “secondary wastes,” can enable a more timely and cost-effective closure of the facilities after agent disposal operations are complete.

This report on the management of these secondary wastes was initiated by the National Research Council (NRC) at the request of the CMA, the agency managing the disposal of chemical weapons. The statement of task for the Committee on Review of Chemical Agent Secondary Waste Disposal and Regulatory Requirements is as follows:

The NRC will conduct an examination of the environmental, regulatory and permit requirements that chemical agent disposal facilities (CDFs) are subject to, on a federal and state basis, concerning the treatment, storage, and/or handling and shipping of secondary wastes (chemical agent and non-agent related).


The NRC will compare the requirements for CDFs with those to which similar facilities in industry that treat, store, and/or handle and ship secondary wastes are subject, with particular emphasis on industrial best practices.


The comparison with industry practices includes, but is not limited to the following areas:

  • the degree of characterization necessary for secondary waste (chemical agent and non-agent) produced during the stockpile disposal and/or storage operations, which is treated on-site or handled and shipped off-site for further treatment or disposal;

  • the number and types of trial burns/compliance tests for chemical stockpile incineration-based disposal facilities and the neutralization-based disposal facility on both a site-by-site basis and programmatically recognizing that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act has provisions for using prior data;

  • feed-rate restrictions to which chemical agent disposal facilities are subject for post trial burns;

  • the extent and number of health risk assessments deemed necessary;

  • criteria being considered for shipment of agent contaminated wastes for final treatment/disposal;

  • facility closure requirements; and

  • the comparison will address site-specific situations concerning CDFs as well as program-wide considerations of the Chemical Materials Agency with regard to stockpile disposal operations.

As the chair of the committee, I wish to express my appreciation to the committee members for their contributions to the preparation of this report, which included interviewing, visiting, collecting, and analyzing significant information and issues, not only at the disposal sites but also at industrial facilities and state regulatory agencies. The efforts of the writing team

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leaders, Gary Groenewold, Rebecca Haffenden, and Loren Koller, are particularly appreciated.

The committee in turn is grateful to the CMA, its staff, field offices, and the site contractors for the timely and useful information they provided. The committee also thanks the management and environmental regulatory staff of Dow Chemical Company, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Clean Harbors Aragonite, Inc., Chemical Waste Management of the Northwest, and the Coalition for Responsible Waste Incineration for their openness in discussing industrial waste management best practices. It also greatly appreciates the support and assistance of the NRC staff who ably assisted the committee in its fact-finding activities and in the production of the report.

The Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST) members listed on page vi were not asked to endorse the committee’s conclusions or recommendations, nor did they review the final draft of this report before its release, although board members with appropriate expertise may be nominated to serve as formal members of study committees or as report reviewers. BAST was established in 1982 by the National Academies at the request of the Army. It brings to bear broad military, industrial, and academic scientific, engineering, and management expertise on Army technical challenges and other issues of importance to senior Army leaders. BAST also discusses potential studies of interest; develops and frames study tasks; ensures proper project planning; suggests potential committee members and reviewers for reports produced by fully independent, ad hoc study committees; and convenes meetings to examine strategic issues.

Peter B. Lederman, Chair

Committee on Review of Chemical Agent

Secondary Waste Disposal and Regulatory Requirements

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:


Richard A. Conway, Union Carbide Corporation (retired),

Elizabeth M. Drake, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (retired),

Todd A. Kimmell, Argonne National Laboratory,

Nelline K. Kowbel, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.,

Joann Slama Lighty, University of Utah,

W. Leigh Short, Woodward-Clyde, Inc. (retired),

Calvin C. Willhite, California Environmental Protection Agency, and

Jeffery J. Wong, California Environmental Protection Agency.


Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by R. Stephen Berry, University of Chicago. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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 Anniston Trial Burn Experience,

 

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 Pine Bluff Trial Burn Experience,

 

27

   

 Umatilla Trial Burn Experience,

 

27

   

 Tooele Trial Burn Experience,

 

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 Comparison with Trial Burn Experience in Commercial Industry Operations,

 

28

   

 Health Risk Assessments,

 

32

   

 Regulatory Basis for Health Risk Assessments,

 

32

   

 Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Health Risk Assessments,

 

32

   

 Transportation Risk Assessments for Secondary Waste,

 

34

   

 References,

 

35

3

 

SITE-SPECIFIC ANALYSES OF MAJOR SECONDARY WASTE ISSUES

 

36

   

 Overview of Secondary Waste Inventories,

 

36

   

 General Waste Characterization Considerations,

 

37

   

 Waste Control Limits and Vapor Screening Level,

 

37

   

 Site-Specific Characterization According to Permit Requirements,

 

39

   

 Analysis of Waste Categorization Situation Across Sites,

 

42

   

 Spent Activated Carbon Waste,

 

45

   

 General Carbon Waste Issues Across Sites,

 

45

   

 Spent Activated Carbon Practices and Permit Requirements: Commonalities and Differences,

 

45

   

 Analysis of Spent Activated Carbon Waste Practices Across Sites,

 

46

   

 Brine Solutions and Brine Salts Waste,

 

47

   

 Description of Waste Brine Solutions and Salt Issues Across Sites,

 

47

   

 Brine Waste Practices and Permit Requirements: Commonalities and Differences,

 

47

   

 Analysis of Waste Brine Requirements and Practices Across Sites,

 

48

   

 Dunnage Waste,

 

48

   

 Description of Dunnage Waste Issues Across Sites,

 

48

   

 Dunnage Waste Practices and Permit Requirements: Commonalities and Differences,

 

48

   

 Analysis of Dunnage Waste Practices Across Sites,

 

49

   

 Scrap Metal Waste,

 

50

   

 Metal Waste Issues Across Sites,

 

50

   

 Metal Waste Practices and Permit Requirements: Commonalities and Differences,

 

50

   

 Analysis of Metal Waste Disposal Practices Across Sites,

 

51

   

 Plastic Demilitarization Protective Ensembles and Personal Protective Equipment Waste,

 

51

   

 Description of DPE and Plastic Waste Issues Across Sites,

 

51

   

 DPE Waste Practices and Permit Requirements: Commonalities and Differences,

 

51

   

 Analysis of DPE and Plastic Waste Practices Across Sites,

 

52

   

 Spent Decontamination Solution Waste,

 

52

   

 Description of SDS Waste Issues Across Sites,

 

52

   

 SDS Waste Practices and Permit Requirements: Commonalities and Differences,

 

52

   

 Analysis of SDS Waste Practices Across Sites,

 

53

   

 Hydrolysate,

 

53

   

 Stakeholders and Stakeholder Involvement in Secondary Waste Practices at Chemical Agent Disposal Sites,

 

54

   

 Hazardous Waste Management Practices at Industrial Facilities,

 

54

   

 Dow Chemical Company Waste Management Experience,

 

55

   

 DuPont Sabine River Works,

 

55

   

 Comparison of Waste Management Requirements, Practices, and Implementation by the U.S. Army and Industry,

 

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 References,

 

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Tables, Figures, and Boxes

TABLES

1-1

 

Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Start-up History and Progress,

 

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1-2

 

Site-Generated Waste Streams,

 

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1-3

 

Projected Secondary Waste Inventories in Storage Across Sites at End of Operations According to Vapor Screening Levels,

 

15

2-1

 

Typical Trial Burn Critical Emissions and Performance Standards,

 

25

2-2

 

Completed and Still-Scheduled Trial Burns Across Operating Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities,

 

27

2-3

 

Trial Burn Data for Certain Industrial Facilities and CMA in the 1990s,

 

29

2-4

 

Comparison of Trial Burn Experience at Industrial Facilities and UMCDF,

 

30

3-1

 

Projected Secondary Waste Inventories in Storage at End of Agent Disposal Operations,

 

37

3-2

 

Treatment and Disposal Methods Used for Secondary Wastes Shipped Off-site During Agent Disposal Operations,

 

38

3-3

 

Waste Control Limit Screening Criteria for Off-site Management of Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Secondary Waste,

 

39

3-4

 

UMCDF Permit Compliance Criteria for Off-site Disposal,

 

41

3-5

 

Demonstrated Capacities to Process Secondary Waste During Operations,

 

44

4-1

 

Projected Waste Quantities Generated During Closure According to Vapor Screening Levels,

 

59

4-2

 

Projected Total Waste Quantities Generated During Closure,

 

59

FIGURES

1-1

 

Baseline incineration system block diagram indicating major secondary waste streams,

 

10

1-2

 

NECDF neutralization process block diagram indicating major secondary waste streams,

 

10

1-3

 

Major secondary waste distribution across chemical agent disposal facilities,

 

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BOXES

1-1

 

Definition of “Generator Knowledge,”

 

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2-1

 

Definition of Destruction and Removal Efficiency,

 

22

2-2

 

RCRA Permit Modification Classification and Public Comment,

 

24

3-1

 

U.S. Army Decontamination Metrics for Potentially Exposed Materials,

 

40

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

1X Army designation for agent-contaminated waste

3X Army designation for potentially agent-contaminated waste

5X Army designation for agent-free or decontaminated potentially agent-contaminated waste

ABCDF Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

ACAMS automatic continuous air monitoring system

ADEM Alabama Department of Environmental Management

ADEQ Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

ANCDF Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

ATB agent trial burn

BRA brine reduction area

CAA Clean Air Act

CAC Citizens Advisory Commission

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDF Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

CMA U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency

CPT comprehensive performance test

CRWI Coalition for Responsible Waste Incineration

CTUIR Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

CWC Chemical Weapons Convention

CX phosgene oximine

DAAMS depot area air monitoring system

DFS deactivation furnace system

DOT U.S. Department of Transportation

DPE demilitarization protective ensemble

DRE destruction and removal efficiency

EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

GA nerve agent, also known as tabun

GB nerve agent, also known as sarin

GD nerve agent, also known as soman

H sulfur mustard, a blister agent, also known as yperite

HD distilled mustard, a blister agent

HL mustard/lewisite mix, a blister agent

HN nitrogen mustard, a blister agent

HRA health risk assessment

HT mustard mixed with bis(2-chloroethylthioethyl) ether, a blister agent

HTT high-temperature test

IDEM Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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JACADS Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System

L liter

LDR land disposal restriction

LIC liquid incinerator

m3 cubic meter

MACT maximum achievable control technology mg milligram

MPF metal parts furnace

NaOH sodium hydroxide

NECDF Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

NOC notice of compliance

NRC National Research Council

ODEQ Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

PAS pollution abatement system

PBCDF Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

PCB polychlorinated biphenyl

PCC permit compliance concentration

PFS pollution abatement system filtration system

POHC principal organic hazardous constituent

ppb part per billion

PPE personal protective equipment

RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

SDS spent decontamination solution

STB surrogate trial burn

STEL short-term exposure limit

STL short-term limit

T bis(2-chloroethylthioethyl) ether, a chemical sometimes mixed with H

TC ton container

TCLP Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure

TOCDF Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act

TSDF treatment, storage, and disposal facility

UDEQ Utah Department of Environmental Quality

UMCDF Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

VSL vapor screening level

VX nerve agent

WCL waste control limit

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