ABSTRACT This project addresses the elimination or reduction of a hazardous substance/toxic chemical, ethyl ether, as listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Toxic Release Inventory. The study focuses on replacing or eliminating the need for the substance in Department of Defense systems (e.g., weapon systems, ammunition manufacturing, propellant manufacturing & processing). An analysis of the processes using ethyl ether, a search for substitutions, and a review of modern techniques are central to this project. The results and procedures form the basis for broader application and chemical change. Ethyl ether is the first of two chemical candidates for replacement and the primary subject of this paper. All conclusions and recommendations require laboratory verification.
KEY WORDS: ether, solvent, extraction, peroxide, volatile
This paper is from the Proceedings of the HSRC/WERC Joint Conference on the Environment, May 1996, published in hard copy and on the Web by the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center.
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