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INEEL Researchers Clean Plutonium From Soil Using Carbon Dioxide

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October 15, 2001
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Idaho National E & E Laboratory
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Even dirt can be dirty, and researchers have found a way to clean soil contaminated with two radioactive elements produced by past nuclear weapons development and nuclear energy research. The method takes advantage of an industrial process called supercritical fluid extraction to clean up long-lived radioactivity that could persist well after the hills have crumbled. Potentially, this method could help the nuclear industry and the federal government clean up contaminated soil.

Even dirt can be dirty, and researchers have found a way to clean soil contaminated with two radioactive elements produced by past nuclear weapons development and nuclear energy research. The method takes advantage of an industrial process called supercritical fluid extraction to clean up long-lived radioactivity that could persist well after the hills have crumbled. Potentially, this method could help the nuclear industry and the federal government clean up contaminated soil.


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Idaho National E & E Laboratory. (2001, October 15). INEEL Researchers Clean Plutonium From Soil Using Carbon Dioxide. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/10/011012073634.htm
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