Isotron Announces Project to Demonstrate Large-Scale, Broad-Spectrum Radionuclide Decontamination System

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Isotron will participate in the Defense Advanced Research Project AgencyÂ?s (DARPA) Radiation Decontamination initiative in the role of technology developer for the nationÂ?s next generation decontamination technology.

Isotron will participate in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Radiation Decontamination initiative in the role of technology developer for the nation’s next generation decontamination technology. The overall goal of DARPA’s Radiation Decontamination (RD) program is to develop a system of technologies that will allow for the detection, decontamination, and controlled clean-up of radioactively contaminated buildings and military bases located downwind from an RDD event so that they can safely be reoccupied. The specific decontamination objective of this initiative is to demonstrate technologies that can decontaminate to below 1mSv/year at 1 meter distance. (For reference, living in the United States, one is exposed to more than 3mSv/year from naturally occurring background radiation.)

Isotron has long experience in this area of radionuclide decontamination having developed the Isolock-300 coating system that was used to prevent contamination and/or facilitate decontamination in an immersed nuclear reactor during refueling and decommissioning operations. Isotron’s Chief Technical Officer formerly headed Imperial Coatings Corporation which developed the coatings technology that was used in the decontamination of Three Mile Island. Isotron’s CEO was previously involved in Nunn-Lugar sponsored decontamination of large-scale radionuclide-contaminated sites in the Former Soviet Union.

According to Isotron’s CEO, Christina Lomasney, “The ‘dirty bomb’ scenario presents a distinct set of challenges from those associated with past nuclear fuel cycle related accidents and spills. We are now called upon to deliver a technology for rapid decontamination of radionuclides in a major metropolitan area, imposing a whole new suite of application constraints and performance requirements. This DARPA-sponsored initiative has taken on the challenge of addressing the necessary capability.”

The Isotron technology is focused on achieving the very low decontamination levels through a novel process that is robust, easy to use and produces no liquid waste.

Isotron Corporation is a small business specializing in advanced polymer composites. The company has been involved in large scale radionuclide decontamination as well as chemical and biological agent decontamination and protective equipment since its inception in 1986. Isotron is located in Seattle, Washington.

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