2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene

CAS RN:118-96-7

Disposal Methods

SRP: The most favorable course of action is to use an alternative chemical product with less inherent propensity for occupational exposure or environmental contamination. Recycle any unused portion of the material for its approved use or return it to the manufacturer or supplier. Ultimate disposal of the chemical must consider: the material's impact on air quality; potential migration in soil or water; effects on animal, aquatic, and plant life; and conformance with environmental and public health regulations.
... Bench-scale composting of up to 10% TNT showed that almost complete removal of TNT occurred in 55 days. Many of the toxic transformation products formed in activated sludge and soil were not found in the composted TNT. ... Composted wastes of TNT and other munitions must be examined for the leachability of undecomposed chem and transformation products prior to land treatment.
Pink water (mainly consists of alpha-2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (alpha-TNT) and various concentrations of nitrobodies such as RDX) was successfully oxidized electrochemically from a range of 60-105 ppm TNT to below acceptable disposal concn (0.5 ppm). The oxidation process does not produce any toxic by-products, and at an electrical cost of approximately $2.00 per 1000 gal, is most competitive in comparison to present alternatives.
The following wastewater treatment technologies have been investigated for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene Biological treatment, Activated Carbon, and Resin adsorption.
Disposal of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene has been accomplished effectively by burning in an incinerator equipped with an afterburner and a scrubber ... 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene has been pretreated before incineration by pouring or sifting onto sodium bicarbonate or a sand-soda ash mixture. The resulting combination is mixed and packaged in heavy paper cartons with plenty of paper packaging to serve as fuel ... 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene has also been prepared for incineration by mixing with a flammable solvent, such as alcohol or benzene, and spraying the resulting mixture into the fire chamber of an incinerator.
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