• The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant is located in the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Locomotive Shops that were originally built circa 1908.  The manufacture of ammunition metal parts began in 1953.  Current items include 105 mm to 155 mm howitzer and mortar ammunition.  Manufacturing operations include hot forging, machining, heat treating, and finishing.

    Scranton Army Ammunition Plant

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. A 500 HP Burnham water tube boiler that was installed in 2009 replaced a 46-year-old Keeler fire tube boiler.

    Boiler

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. A new 400 HP Burnham water tube boiler is being installed to replace a 48-year-old Keeler fire tube boiler.

    Boiler

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. The new hydraulic system on the Erie 1 Forge Press Line reduces electricity consumption of the press line by sensing the load necessary to forge a part and adjusting the hydraulic pressure accordingly.  Reducing the hydraulic pressure reduces the amount of electricity needed to operate the hydraulic pumps.  A 15 percent reduction is expected from this modification.

    Hydraulic system

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. Rehabilitation of the Erie 1 Rotary Hearth Furnace included new burners and heat recuperators which reduce the furnace's natural gas consumption by 25 percent. Another rotary hearth furnace had been upgraded prior to Erie I and another is currently undergoing the same upgrade.

    Rotary Hearth Furnace

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. This is the Production Shop cooling tower where the collected rain water is used to make up evaporative losses.

    Cooling Tower

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. Three storage tanks with a total capacity of approximately 70,000 gallons, store rain water for use in the Production Shop's industrial cooling water system.

    Rain Water Storage

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. Rain water collection area of the Production Shop roof.  The Production Shop covers approximately 4.5 acres.  Rain water is collected from approximately 2.2 acres of this roof.

    Rain water collection area

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

  • The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. Jeff Brunozzi, General Dynamics vice president of Large Caliber Ammunition Operations, explains a manufacturing process to Brig. Gen. Gustave F. Perna during an industrial site tour of operations at SCAAP.

    Site tour of Scranton Army Ammunitions Plant

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous...

SCRANTON, Pa. (May 21, 2012) -- Like many Army installations, Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, Pa., has a recycling program to minimize material disposal. Unlike most other Army installations, at SCAAP, the materials diverted include projectile casings, steel, mixed metals, scrap wood, wood pallets, lead-acid batteries, equipment, chemicals, cardboard, paper products and electronics. In addition, it uses closed loop and filtration systems to reduce total waste streams and support pollution prevention goals.

The plant produces large caliber ammunition casings that require a coating. Application of this coating can impact air quality within the plant and increase release of volatile organic compounds outside. Reducing the amount of paint and solvent required was one goal that technology could help achieve.

SCAAP procured and installed electrostatic atomizing paint guns, which improved efficiency in the coating process, reduced material waste and improved overall air quality while reducing the facility volatile organic compound emissions by 60 percent.

The plant also sought to reduce zinc phosphate in its production process to minimize discharge into sewage and waterways that lead to the Chesapeake Bay. Steel ammunition parts must be treated prior to painting to improve corrosion resistance and paint adherence. That treatment results in a zinc phosphate waste stream that requires treatment before release into the municipal sewer.

SCAAP initiated a research, development, test and evaluation initiative to evaluate alternative chemicals for replacement of the alkaline bath and zinc phosphate treatment. It is also evaluating chemicals in hopes of finding one that would not require treatment prior to discharge, allowing the plant to conserve energy and save costs.

A number of other efforts have been put in place to promote energy conservation and efficiency. Modernization of one of the rotary hearth furnaces is expected to yield a 25 percent reduction in natural gas consumption per year and will help reduce greenhouse gases.

The forge press line modernization reduces horsepower, which lowers the electrical intensity and is expected to yield a 15 percent reduction in the press line's electricity consumption. Replacing the 50-year-old Keeler boilers with more efficient boilers is expected to lower natural gas consumption by 20 percent and emissions by 30 percent, supporting goals for greenhouse gases, fuel use and energy consumption reduction.

A rainwater capture system on the roof collected 2 million gallons in a single year for use as cooling water in production operations. This effort reduces the demand for city water, lessens the storm-water discharge and helps lower operational costs.

A membrane ultra-filtration system recycles all wastewater from the forging operation and reuses it in the plant's noncontact cooling water system. This system also allows SCAAP to eliminate a point of discharge to the Scranton sewer system and the associated permit. The system has recycled more than 1 million gallons of oily wastewater from the forging operation.

SCAAP's operating contractor continually works to evaluate environmental aspects and impacts of its industrial mission. SCAAP's International Standards Organization-certified environmental management system ensures success in meeting its environmental goals and helps keep the plant in compliance with all requirements.

"The team strives to incorporate energy efficiency, environmental friendliness and cost savings into every modernization effort undertaken at the installation," said Richard P. Hansen, SCAAP commander's representative. "We are honored and humbled to have been chosen to receive this award."

The technology and best practices SCAAP implemented -- reducing and reusing water, improving air emissions in the production facility, reducing hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects -- contributed to its sustainability success.

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