Kurion awarded Oklahoma radioactive treatment contract

Kurion Inc. was awarded a contract to develop a water treatment system that will decontaminate the groundwater as the Cimarron fuel fabrication facility is decommissioned, the company announced Monday.

The technology that will be used at the Oklahoma site is similar to what was used in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Kurion developed an Ion Specific Media that was able to remove approximately 99.9 percent of radioactive strontium in processed water.

"Kurion’s modular, skid-based systems dramatically change the cost structure and treatment schedule for nuclear waste remediation," CEO Bill Gallo said. "This approach has proven to be effective at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in a radioactive environment – this experience gives us a technological edge over the largest players in nuclear waste management.”

The announcement states there are multiple safety benefits in using this technology and it will allow all parties to save on time and cost of designing, fabricating, testing and ultimately implementing. The Cimarron site near Guthrie, Oklahoma, covers approximately 700 acres.

“Furthermore, it represents an entirely new market segment for the company and creates a new opportunity to accelerate Kurion’s growth," Gallo said. "For example, today the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is responsible for overseeing the decommissioning of 101 sites, including Cimarron.”

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