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Adding Acetone To Compost Remediates Chunk TNT Contaminated Soil

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April 13, 2000
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Idaho National E & E Laboratory
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Soil found on old gunnery ranges and military wastewater lagoons is often contaminated with the explosive TNT. In some instances, the common composting method to clean the soil leaves small particles of the potentially carcinogenic substance. Researchers have found that by adding acetone -- the main component of nail polish remover -- to this composting method, they can safely dissolve away the chunks and biologically degrade the TNT.

Like the Wicked Witch of the West, another danger can be melted away, only this time it's with a bucket of fingernail polish remover. Soil found on old gunnery ranges and military wastewater lagoons is often contaminated with the explosive TNT. In some instances, the common composting method to clean the soil leaves small particles of the potentially carcinogenic substance. Researchers have found that by adding acetone -- the main component of nail polish remover -- to this composting method, they can safely dissolve away the chunks and biologically degrade the TNT.


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Idaho National E & E Laboratory. "Adding Acetone To Compost Remediates Chunk TNT Contaminated Soil." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 April 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000410085119.htm>.
Idaho National E & E Laboratory. (2000, April 13). Adding Acetone To Compost Remediates Chunk TNT Contaminated Soil. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000410085119.htm
Idaho National E & E Laboratory. "Adding Acetone To Compost Remediates Chunk TNT Contaminated Soil." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000410085119.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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