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Figure 9-1. Ammunition storage location.
TM 9-1300-277
CHAPTER 9
EXISTING DEMILITARIZATION FACILITIES AND CAPABILITIES
9-1. DESCOM AND AMCCOM FACILITY LOCATIONS
e. Below ground detonation limits are usually
higher than above ground limits at each of the depots.
Ammunition Storage locations, under control of
Limits vary between 50 and 10,000 pounds depending
DESCOM
and
AMCCOM,
having
upon the location of the depot.
demilitarization/disposal capabilities and facilities are
f. Open burning sites exist at all 12 depots. There
shown in figure 9-1.
are environmental restrictions at most installations
normally  governed  by  meteorological  conditions
9-2.
DESCOM
DEPOT
FACILITIES
AND
together with the proximity of the local population.
CAPABILITIES
a. Current
conventional
ammunition
9-3.  AMCCOM INSTALLATION FACILITIES AND
demilitarization facilities and capabilities at DESCOM
CAPABILITIES
Depots vary widely in available facilities, capabilities,
a. Current
conventional
ammunition
and environmental restrictions. These are summarized
demilitarization  facilities  and  capabilities  at  the
in table 9-1.  All depots have adequate disassembly
AMCCOM Installations is very similar to that at
facilities with additional breakdown equipment and
DESCOM Depots and are summarized in table 9-1.
tooling being required for new or unique munitions (table
b. There is an operational washout plant at
Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant which lacks the
b. APE 1300 washout plants are operational at
charcoal filter system for water treatment. There is an
Anniston Army Depot and Lexington Blue-Grass Depot
additional washout plant at Crane Army Ammunition
Activity.  The only system equipped with the new
Activity  which  is  operational.
McAlester  Army
charcoal filter, as a pilot model, is at Lexington Blue-
Ammunition Plant does not have washout facilities.
Grass which is currently undergoing testing and
c. There are operational steamout facilities at
evaluation.
Following  operational  approval,  the
Crane, Hawthorne, and McAlester.
charcoal filter system will be available as a standard
d. Two deactivation furnaces (APE 1236) are
modification to existing washout plants at an estimated
equipped with pollution control devices at Crane Army
cost of $65,000 (FY81 Funding).
Activity but pollution control devices are required at
c. Deactivation furnaces (APE 1236 with KIT
Hawthorne and McAlester for their furnaces.
EO10) are available at all depots except Ft. Wingate
e. Only  Hawthorne  has  an  above  ground
and Navajo Depot Activities. APE 1276 can be installed
detonation capability. It is 3000 pounds per detonation.
at the above two installations at a cost of $160,000 each
f. Below  ground  detonation  is  permitted  at
(FY 81 Funding).  In addition, there are two primer
McAlester with a 150-pound limit, and at Crane with a
popping furnaces at Anniston Army Depot and one
500-pound limit per detonation.
primer popping furnace at Red River Army Depot.
g. Open burning sites exist at Crane, Hawthorne,
d. Above ground detonation capability was found
and McAlester.
There are some environmental
to be extremely limited at nine depots. Explosive limits
restrictions or limitations at each of the installations.
vary between 0 and 100 pounds.
These severe
detonation restrictions are a result of the proximity of
h. Current demilitarization capability at Pine Bluff
local population together with prevailing meteorological
Arsenal  includes  nontoxic  chemical  and  White
and soil conditions.  Ft.  Wingate and Navajo Depot
Phosphorus (WP)
Activities have above ground detonation capability of
5000 pounds each and Sierra Army Depot 10,000
pounds. Detonations at each facility are required to be
separated by a specified time delay.
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