6. DISPOSAL BY BOILING
a. Most biological agents can be destroyed in a short period of time by boiling water temperatures.
Small biological munitions can be effectively neutralized by this type of disposal operation.
(1) Support the munition in an open container so that it does not touch or rest directly on the
bottom of the container.
(2) Fill the container with water to a level about 12 inches above the munition.
(3) Heat the water to the boiling point and continue vigorous boiling for 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to
maintain the water level in the container during the operations.
(4) The explosive components will not be adversely affected by the temperature of boiling
(5) After completion of the 2 1/2 hour boiling period, the munition should be allowed to cool,
and the explosive components may be detonated.
7. DISPOSAL AT SEA
a. Disposal by dumping at sea requires approval of Congress.
8. DISPOSAL BY LAND BURIAL
a. This method of disposal will not be used if disposal is possible by other means, since
underground water sources may be contaminated or the land area may become the site of
future construction. Land burial is usually considered only a stopgap or holding measure to
reduce or contain hazards until another method of permanent disposal can be arranged. Burial
of toxic agents is employed only after prior approval of Congress.