Welcome to the Environmental Fate and Effects of Energetic Materials, the official web site of the
TTCPKTA 4-28 and
groups. This site was designed to share information developed by the members of the KTA 4-28 and KTA 4-32 with scientists, engineers, risk assessors, site managers, regulators, and other stakeholders from TTCP member countries who are involved in management of defense installations in a sustainable manner, and in the knowledge-based decision making.
KTA 4-28 was initiated in 1998 by leading international experts
in characterization of sites contaminated with energetic materials (EM). The main goal of the KTA 4-28
working group was to provide the international community with a
comprehensive and thorough protocol reviewing all the aspects of sites
characterization involving EM. This protocol is meant to be a living
document reporting all the latest developments in site assessment,
sampling techniques and cutting-edge technologies related to EM
analysis. The second goal of the KTA 4-28 working group was to provide
the international community with ecotoxicological soil quality data.
This task could not be completed during the KTA 4-28 and gave rise
to KTA 4-32, which was led by scientists from the the
US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological
Center and the Biotechnology Research Institute.
A new book entitled "Ecotoxicology of
Explosives" was published by CRC Press
2009. Written by leading experts in the field, this book details
the current state-of-the-science of the ecotoxicology of
explosives. The book provides a detailed discussion of
environmental impacts, including coverage of ecotoxicological
effects measurement in different species, environmental risk
assessment procedures for sites contaminated with explosives,
modeling, and case studies. The book also covers how
ecotoxicological data can be used towards the development of
Environmental Tolerance Values (ETV) for Defense Sites
Contaminated with Energetic Materials (EM), presents both
essential chemistry and background information plus the results
of research on EM ecotoxicology and risk assessment. It provides
management tools valuable for sustaining range activities while
ensuring environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance,
and constitutes one of the final products of the Key Technical
Area (KTA) 4-32.
18th November 2004: A new SERDP interim report of
Distribution and Fate of Energetics on DoD Test and Training Ranges:
Interim Report 4 was released in November. This document can be
downloaded at the SERDP web site.