SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

SEPS is focused on issues related to the safety, health and environmental impacts associated with the manufacture, storage and use of propellants, explosives and pyrotechnics. Papers are invited that address all health effects associated with energetic compounds, precursors, combustion products, and waste products as well as safety concerns present during their intentional use, demilitarization, and accidents. New and emerging areas of interest include additive manufacturing (3D Printing) of energetic materials, nanomaterials, insensitive high explosive formulations, and blast injury.

The 32nd Safety and Environmental Protection Subcommittee sessions will be organized into the topic areas described below. Please submit your abstract according to the interest area. Topics to highlight:

SEPS Mission Areas

Areas of interest included in the Call for Papers are:

Mission Area I: Toxicology

Co-Chairs:
Dr. David R. Mattie, Air Force Research Laboratory, 711HPW / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9569
Email:          david.mattie@us.af.mil

Dr. Mark S. Johnson, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 436-5081
Email:          mark.s.johnson@us.army.mil

This mission area examines the toxicity of energetic materials such as propellants, pyrotechnics, and munitions, their ingredients, combustion products, and related chemicals and subjects. Also of interest are the use of risk assessment methodologies in the management of toxic hazards and the rationale for the establishment of toxic material exposure criteria for the workplace and the environment.

Mission Area II: Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling and Hazards Assessment

Chair:
Mr. Daniel E. Strub, Space Launch Delta 30 (SLD 30) / Vandenberg AFB, CA
Telephone:  (805) 605-2407
Email:          daniel.strub@spaceforce.mil

Dr. Josephine Covino, DoD Explosives Safety Board / Alexandria, VA
Telephone:  (571) 372-6685
Email:          josephine.covino.civ@mail.mil

Mission Area II is focused on atmospheric dispersion modeling and hazards assessment applied to propulsion activities. Subjects of interest include modeling transport and diffusion of propellant spills including both dense and trace gases, chemically reactive species, and aerosols; wind flow and dispersion modeling in complex terrain; model validation; source modeling; ozone depletion, ground cloud dispersal, and acid rain from launch vehicles; and models for emergency response systems. Experimental or theoretical work on other atmospheric hazards such as thunderstorms, lightning, wind shear, and precipitation are also welcome.

Mission Area III: Instrumentation

Chair:
Dr. Karen L. Mumy, Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9474
Email:          karen.mumy@us.af.mil

Interests include instrumentation requirements, basic research, and hardware development of equipment used to measure hazardous environments. Presentations regarding work done in the measurement of hypergolic or other hazardous propellant vapors, oxygen/hydrogen propellant vapors, hydrochloric acid and other propellant combustion products, and other chemical hazards of interest to the propulsion community are sought.

Mission Area IV: Environmental

Co-Chairs:
Dr. Jeanne Hartzell, NOSSA / Indian Head, MD
Telephone:  (301) 744-5629
Email:          jeanne.hartzell@navy.mil

Dr. William S. Eck, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (443) 846-1552
Email:          william.s.eck.civ@mail.mil

The Environmental Mission Area is interested in papers that address environmental issues related to energetics and their by-products. Papers and presentations that address any of the following: techniques for measuring and predicting combustion products, environmental fate and transport of energetics and their by-products, emerging environmental regulations and their impact on energetic materials operations, environmental effects from propulsion-related activities, permitting requirements, hazardous waste treatment,, water and air pollution prevention, pollution control technologies related to energetic material production and use, waste minimization, operational ingredient reclamation, or recycling in the production of energetic materials.

Mission Area V: Industrial Hygiene

Chair:
Ms. Lindsey Kneten, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 436-5485
Email:          lindsey.b.kneten.civ@mail.mil

Lt. Cmdr. N. Cody Schaal, Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton / Wright- Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9473
Email:          nicholas.schaal@us.af.mil

Focus is on industrial hygiene aspects of energetic material production, transportation, use, and disposal. Areas of interest include personal protective strategies and equipment used in manufacturing and handling operations; ingredient and product monitoring methods and experience; operational ventilation strategies and experience; hazardous materials control; hazardous waste management; substitution of less hazardous materials in industrial processes and maintenance; and hazardous materials information, including labeling and material safety data sheets.

Mission Area VI: Range Safety and Explosives Safety

Co-Chairs:
Mr. Daniel E. Strub, Space Launch Delta 30 (SLD 30) / Vandenberg AFB, CA
Telephone:  (805) 605-2407
Email:          daniel.strub@spaceforce.mil

Dr. Josephine Covino, DoD Explosives Safety Board / Alexandria, VA
Telephone:   (571) 372-6685
Email:          josephine.covino.civ@mail.mil

Range safety and explosives safety issues relevant to launch range safety risk assessments and other energetic material safety problems are the focus of this area. Papers are sought that address hazards inherent in solid and liquid propellant/explosive/pyrotechnic (PEP) materials manufacturing, processing, handling, storage, use and disposal; liquid and solid propellant explosive hazards; blast injury; quantity-distance criteria; shielding; and the hazards of damaged or aged propellants.

Mission Area VII: Green Energetic Materials (GEM) Joint PEDCS - SEPS Mission Area

Co-Chairs:
Mr. Noah Lieb, Jensen Hughes / Baltimore, MD
Telephone:  (443) 313-9774
Email:          nlieb@jensenhughes.com

Dr. Jesse J. Sabatini, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 278-0235
Email:          jesse.j.sabatini.civ@mail.mil

Dr. Sara K. Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center / Crane, IN
Telephone:  (812) 854-3190
Email:          sara.pliskin@navy.mil

Papers are sought on the development of environmentally sustainable energetic ingredients, formulations, and processing technologies with an emphasis on the following: reduction of impacts from energetic materials and unexploded ordnance on military ranges, manufacturing and demilitarization facilities; enhancement of recycling, recovery, reuse and reduction of waste; synthesis and development of energetics materials with reduced waste, solvents, and energy requirements; and response to specific impacts that environmental regulations have had on military readiness, such as limiting training with live ordnance, outsourcing of manufacturing overseas or explicit banning of the use of specific materials.

Mission Area VIII: Demilitarization, Reclamation, and Reuse Technologies

Temporary Contact:
Mr. William A. Bagley, JHU WSE Energetics Research Group / Columbia, MD
Telephone:  (443) 718-5009
Email:          wbagley@erg.jhu.edu

This area's focus is demilitarization, reclamation, and reuse technologies for propellant, explosive, and pyrotechnic (PEP) materials. Interest areas include: thermal degradation/treatment and incineration of PEP materials; chemical or mechanical separation, reclamation, and neutralization technologies; technologies that utilize sub- or super-critical fluids for reclamation or oxidation of PEP materials; biodegradation technology; reuse of energetic materials or ingredients for military and commercial applications; and research that addresses traditional disposal options, such as open burning/open detonation and static firing.

Mission Area IX: Review of Accidents and Incidents

Chair:
Mr. Daniel E. Strub, Space Launch Delta 30 (SLD 30) / Vandenberg AFB, CA
Telephone:  (805) 605-2407
Email:          daniel.strub@spaceforce.mil

Review of accidents and incidents involving propellant manufacturing, storage, transportation, use, hazardous material spills, and transportation accident response. Topics of interest include lessons learned, post-accident procedures for liquid propellant spills, propellant spill response systems, spill mitigation activities, and transportation accident response computer systems.


Safety and Environmental Protection Subcommittee Chair

Dr. Karen L. Mumy, Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9474
Email:          karen.mumy@us.af.mil

Safety and Environmental Protection Subcommittee Deputy Chair

Dr. Jeanne Hartzell, Naval Ordnance Safety & Security Activity / Indian Head, MD
Telephone:  (301) 744-5629
Email:          jeanne.hartzell@navy.mil

JHU WSE ERG Technical Representative

Mr. William A. Bagley, JHU WSE Energetics Research Group / Columbia, MD
Telephone:  (443) 718-5009
Email:          wbagley@erg.jhu.edu