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Published in Hydraulic Engineering: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions: Proceedings of the Hydraulic Engineering sessions at Water Forum ’92. Baltimore, Maryland, August 2–6, 1992. Published by American Society of Civil Engineers.


Past military operations have resulted in the contamination of soils by chemical munitions such as RDX, HMX and TNT (contaminant description, page 2) . The migration of water through the soils can transport the contaminants into groundwater and contaminate drinking water sources . Many military munitions are known or suspected to be carcinogenic and, therefore, must be removed from drinking water .