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SRNL, Chernobyl Laboratory collaborate on research initiatives
Date:9/2/2010

que laboratory where we can observe how the environment changes and how animals and plants change over time following contamination. The scientists at IRL have unique knowledge since they work with this landscape every day," he added. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which includes the abandoned industrial city of Pripyat, is heavily contaminated as a result of the accident. Unfit for residential or agricultural use, it is uniquely suited for studying radionuclide distribution, movement and effect.

"We share a lot of the same interests with our colleagues at IRL," said Farfan, "They are developing techniques and technologies for cleaning up the environment in the region that might ultimately be useful to DOE," he said. DOE is conducting major programs to clean up and decommission its facilities that are no longer used for nuclear materials production and processing.

In addition to providing a market for IRL's cleanup technologies, the collaboration also provides IRL with the expertise at SRNL and other DOE laboratories. In one upcoming project funded by the EM International Program, an SRNL expert in nature-based environmental cleanup techniques, Miles Denham, will work with IRL to study the potential of engineered enhancements to enable the area's natural decontamination processes to clean up the area. This project also offers benefit to DOE, as the contaminated soils of the Chernobyl Exclusion zone provide an excellent analogue to many of DOE's soil contamination problems.

One of the key objectives of the collaborators is to make the knowledge gained through this partnership widely available. In addition to the Health Physics Journal papers, a special supplement of the journal is planned, and the team will place emphasis on publishing their research findings in scholarly journals so that others may benefit from the knowledge gained.


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Contact: Angeline French
angeline.french@srnl.doe.gov
803-725-2854
DOE/Savannah River National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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