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Methods for Vaporization and Remediation of Radioactive Contamination

Abstract: 

A method for collecting volatile radioactive substances. The method includes irradiating a volatile radioactive substance on or under a contaminated material surface using microwave radiation and vaporizing the volatile radioactive substance, wherein the volatile radioactive substance comprises at least one of cesium and iodine. The method further includes recovering the vaporized volatile radioactive substance from the contaminated material. The method may be accomplished with and/or without physically collecting or isolating the contaminated material.

Patent Number: 
9,105,363
Date Of Issue: 
08/11/2015
Inventors: 

Roland R.V. Benke; Ralph H. Hill Jr.; Robert T. Pabalan; James A. Moryl; Jeremy R. Pruitt