The united states army has been working to make some of it's munitions more environmentally friendly.
That effort is being led here in the wabash valley.
News 10 bureau chief gary brian tells us how local employees are working to make munitions safer.
Pk} "one of the most important jobs here at navy support activity crane is to dispose of munitions safely.
That safety goes not only to its employees but also to the environment."
Every day edward walden runs a machine called a diffuser.
The device takes the fuse off munitions before it is cleaned for recycling.
While walden has only worked at crane for a few months...he has plenty of experience in the field.
"it is special to me because i was an ammunition technician in the marine corp.
So i handled this stuff all the time and i know if it dosen't work right there's going to be big problems."
"this stuff" is ammonium picrate...commonly known as yellow d.
The dangerous munition once used by the department of defense is now being recycled by crane army ammuniton activity.
"instead of an open detonation we do a process where we access the projectiles and are able to wash them out."
Once yellow d is rendered inert...it is handled by crane's partner gradient technology.
The organization converts the once dangerous munition into usable chemicals.
"it's resold on the open market for various industries.
Agricultural and in the chemical field."
All in efforts to help keep mother earth clean.
"it feels very good to know that you're helping to create space for new items that are created and as well as doing it environmentally friendly.
That's the only way to do things if it can be done if possible."
"it's a lot of fun just knowing we're doing something for the country."
"yellow d has been used since the early 1900's.
In crane indiana, gary brian news 10."
Brian news 10."