Nuclear Decontamination Services
When it comes to serving the specialized decommission and decontamination needs of the nuclear power industry, few can match EAI’s expertise.
EAI has years of experience addressing the full range of decontamination challenges facing nuclear power utilities, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. EPA, Homeland Security, Private Licensed Facilities and the Radiopharmaceutical Industry. We provide a comprehensive solution for projects of any size—from decontamination support for plant upgrades and refueling projects to complete Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D).
For each project, EAI creates a tailored decontamination plan, applying a range of techniques, tools and technologies, including:
Effective for a range of contaminates such as all radionuclides, including transuranics. Rad-Release can be safely deployed on a wide variety of surfaces. The Rad-Release page provides more information including a video demonstration of Rad-Release being applied.
The EAI SuperGel decontamination technology, developed and commercialized in cooperation with Argonne National Laboratory, is a chemical process that involves the topical application of a single decontamination solution to treat various substrates bearing radiological contamination. The polymers (similar to those in disposal diapers) wick the contaminants and absorb them into the gel.
EAI is the company that first introduced CO2 decontamination to the nuclear industry in 1989. A vastly superior method to grit blasting, EAI blasts contaminated surfaces with pelletized CO2 to penetrate the contaminant layer .Upon impact, the solid CO2 pellets sublimate to a gas, lifting the contaminant from the surface.
EAI’s drum-mounted, diamond-impregnated blade precisely shaves from 1mm to 20mm off the concrete surface. This precision tool is operated remotely and virtually eliminates airborne dust to minimize risk to the worker and the equipment.
EAI provides nuclear power utilities with a comprehensive range of services, including:
EAI provides comprehensive radiological decontamination services for projects of any size. Our proven technologies and techniques enable us to achieve significant decontamination factors—dramatically reducing the volume of high and low level waste and often allowing free release of treated objects. We have the expertise and capabilities to handle any decontamination project—from a single glovebox to decommissioning an entire site.
Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D)
We support the decommissioning of licensed radioactive sites with a turnkey decontamination approach. Our proven technologies and expertise dramatically reduce the volume of contaminated waste and often allow free release of treated objects. We can help utilities and other nuclear facilities achieve final closure requirements for licensed termination plans.
Emergency Call Out Services
EAI can respond quickly and effectively to address emergency situations. Our self-contained Mobile Decontamination Facilities (MDFs) enable us to help nuclear plant operators recover from unscheduled events and minimize plant downtime—safely and rapidly.
Environmental Hazard Remediation
Often times, nuclear facilities must deal with other environmental hazards besides radiological material. EAI supports EPA Superfund, RCRA, and CERCLA remediation projects, as well as comprehensive decontamination services for a range of environmental hazards, including:
- Hazardous coatings remediation (Lead & PCB)
- Pesticides and other hazardous chemicals
- Radiological contamination
- Mercury and heavy metals
Planned Outage Services
EAI supports decontamination of equipment and components within operating facilities as well as non-operating facilities. This includes scheduled decontamination support during refueling, maintenance and upgrade operations such as Steam Generator Replacement Projects (SGRP) or decontamination and recovery of rooms and buildings.
No matter what the challenge, EAI provides a complete, turnkey solution, including:
- Site review and assessment
- Comprehensive decontamination strategy development
- Complete site preparation
- Health and safety
- Decontamination using most appropriate technologies
- Waste collection and packaging