Nonaqueous (without water) methods provide a means for contaminant removal.
(a) The use of dry, gelled, or powdered decontaminating materials to absorb chemical agents is appropriate (if their use is expedient). Commonly available absorbents include dirt, flour, baking powder, sawdust, charcoal, ashes, activated carbon, alumina, silica gels, and clay materials. Although these absorbents may be an expedient means of decontamination, their effectiveness has not been determined. In general, absorbents only remove contamination, they do not always neutralize the agent.
(b) The DOD uses the M291 and M295 SDKs, which employ a charcoal‑based resin absorbent and are available for commercial purchase. However, while these kits are effective in removing spots of liquid chemical-agent contamination, they may not be suitable for treating mass casualties. This is due to their potentially limited availability and the relatively high labor requirements because of the size of the decontamination pad and the time it takes to clean large amounts of contamination from the victim.
Some CBRNE/WMD Instructions.
MULTISERVICE TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES FOR DECONTAMINATIONhttp://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-11-5.pdf
JP 3-11, Operations in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Environments 2008http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/new_pubs/jp3_11.pdf
JP 3-05 Special Operationshttp://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3-05.pdf
NBC Links page.http://www.nbc-links.com/