|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 5 May 2010 11:11:20 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE, MUNITIONS: Explosion at Redstone Arsenal (AL) rocket recycling building|
[Redstone is home to the Army's pioneering supercritical ammonia
technology for recycling solid rocket fuel. I'm waiting to hear whether
this is the same technology. If so, it could be a major setback for an
approach that is indeed "environmentally friendly." - LS]
Redstone Arsenal official: Contractors were working on process to recycle chemical used in propellant
By Kenneth Kesner Huntsville Times (AL) May 05, 2010HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Amtec Corp. contractors were working on a process to recycle the rocket fuel component ammonium perchlorate when an explosion occurred this morning, injuring two people on Redstone Arsenal, an arsenal official said.
The process is part of work the arsenal is doing to find a more environmentally friendly way than burning to dispose of solid propellant, said Paul Turner, associate director for propulsion technology for the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center on Redstone. Environmental regulations no longer allow the chemical to be burned, Turner said.
Turner said an investigation into why the explosion occurred will be conducted. "We will get the best of the best," to investigate, Turner said.
... For the entire article, see http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/05/redstone_official_contractors.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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