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Accession Number ADA573769
Title Fort Knox, KY Containment Berm Unit Installation.
Publication Date Feb 2013
Media Count 27p
Personal Author C. C. Nestler D. R. Felt R. Kirgan S. L. Larson W. A. Martin
Abstract There is interest from the range community in establishing a sustainable, closed loop small arms firing range (SAFR) bullet impact system or Containment Berm Unit (connex). Connex is a generic term used to refer to a common modified steel storage container used in a vast number of commercial storage and transport applications. The connexes constructed for the Passive Reactive Berm (PRBerm tm) technology that was demonstrated at Charleston Air Force Base (CAFB) under the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) project ER-0406 provide suitable containment of berm material at an active SAFR. Bullets will be fired into berm material (sand) contained in the modified connexes and leachate water will be released from the system. The metals from the bullets will be retained, stabilized, in the berm material with the addition of proper amendments. Following sufficient firing into the Containment Berm Unit, the berm material can be excavated, the bullets and bullet fragments removed and recycled, and berm material replaced or placed back in the connex. This provides a closed loop containment system for sustainable range training purposes. The Containment Berm Unit can be made transportable and easily adapted to varied installation training requirements. Installation of a Containment Berm Unit occurred at the Fort Knox, KY Heins Qualification Test Range (QTR), a multipurpose range, at a cost of $7000.00 (2012) for fabrication and delivery; the installation provided equipment and operators to assist. Data collection to demonstrate technology efficiency is on-going; however, completion of the Fort Knox connex demonstrates successful transfer of an ESTCP- and U.S. Army Environmental Command-developed technology to the installation.
Keywords Connex(Containment berm unit)
Military facilities
Military training
Prberm(Passive reactive berm)
Qtr(Qualification test range)
Safr(Small arms firing range)
Small arms ammunition
Splp(Synthetic precipitation leaching procedure)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
79A - Ammunition, Explosives, & Pyrotechnics
Corporate Author Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS. Engineering Research and Development Center.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Summary rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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