|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||22 Feb 2001 18:36:13 -0000|
In response to Laura Olah, the perchlorate ion is a likely contaminant wherever solid rocket propellant was manufactured, tested, washed, treated, or discarded, as well as the one domestic site where ammonium perchlorate is produced (Henderson, Nevada). The active ingredients of the standard mixes of solid rocket fuel, whether used for tactical rockets, larger missiles, or space booster rockets, are ammonium perchlorate and aluminum powder. I believe ammonium perchlorate, the most common source of perchlorate, has also been used in blasting (mining, road construction) and in small explosive devices, such as auto air bags, but I could use confirmation on this part. LS -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/968-1126 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cpeo.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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