Our RDX Water Filter
RDX is a secondary explosive1 that is used extensively by the U.S. military in manufacturing explosives. Major manufacturing of RDX began in the United States in 1943 during World War II; RDX was produced in enormous quantities at the Government Owned-Contractor Operated (GOCO) Holston Army Ammunition Plant (AAP) in Kingsport, Tennessee, for use in military munitions in World War II and afterwards (U.S. AEHA 1985).
During the 1940s through the 1970s, Department of Defense (DoD) ammunitions plants and depots demilitarized off-specification, unserviceable and obsolete munitions using steam-out and melt-out processes to recover 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and TNT-containing
explosive fillers such as Composition B (TNT/RDX mixture). These processes often generated significant quantities of explosivescontaminated wastewater. The untreated wastewater was discharged into unlined impoundments, lagoons, ditches and playas, which resulted in significant levels of soil and groundwater contamination. Groundwater contamination from RDX was first reported in the late 1980s (Spalding and Fulton 1988).
RDX is still widely used in U.S. military munitions and is present in munitions fillers such as Composition A, Composition B, Composition C and Cyclotols. With its manufacturing impurities and environmental transformation products, this compound accounts for a large part of the explosives contamination at active and former U.S. military installations (EPA 1999). [Source: Epa.gov]