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Remediation of small arms firing range soil using mineral processing techniques.
Johnson JL; McDonald WR; Karr L; Nelson B; Friess D
Abstract Book, U.S. Department of the Interior Conference on the Environment and Safety, April 24-28, 1995. Washington, DC: U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1995 Apr; :55
This is a mobile process to remediate heavy metal-contaminated small arms firing range soil. The soil is treated on-site and produces clean soil and metal byproducts for recycle. Mineral beneficiation apparatuses (mineral jigs, spirals, screens, etc.) are used to remove about 90% to 95% of the metal from the solid as fragments. Impact of high velocity bullets smear lead on the soil grains and fragments into the micron sizes. This lead is removed with a dilute acetic acid solution about half the strength of household vinegar. This technology can be applied to base closures, abandoned sites, and maintenance of active sites.
Mineral-processing; Heavy-metals; Heavy-metal-poisoning; Metals; Metal-mining; Acetic-acids; Lead-compounds
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
U.S. Bureau of Mines
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