The U.S. Army is in the process of destroying its entire stock of chemical weapons. To help with stockpile disposal, the Army s Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program (CSDP), in 1987, asked the National Research Council (NRC) for scientific and technical advice. This report is one in a series of such prepared by the NRC over the last 16 years in response to that request. It presents an examination of the effect of leaking munitions (leakers) and other anomalies in the stored stockpile on the operation of the chemical agent disposal facilities. The report presents a discussion of potential causes of these anomalies, leaker tracking and analysis issues, risk implications of anomalies, and recommendations for monitoring and containing these anomalies during the remaining life of the stockpile.
Table of Contents
|2. Occurrences and Origins of Anomalies||5-18|
|3. Tracking and Analysis of Stockpile Leakers||19-35|
|4. Operational and Risk Implications of Anomalies||36-46|
|5. Findings and Recommendations||47-49|
|Appendix A: Autoignition and the M55 Rocket||53-57|
|Appendix B: Leakers by Munition Type||58-63|
|Appendix C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||64-66|
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