Perma-Fix Environmental Services announced a partnership with Kurion, a clean energy company focused on creating technological solutions that minimize and stabilize nuclear and hazardous waste for safe, secure, and permanent disposal. The partnership will allow Perma-Fix to pursue deployment of Kurion's GeoMelt® In-Container Vitrification (ICV™) at the company's fixed facilities.
Though a process known as vitrification (a volume reduction and stabilization process that immobilizes waste in a leach-resistant glass matrix so that the resulting waste form provides the ultimate assurance of long-term environmental isolation), Kurion's GeoMelt® ICV™ turns certain components of nuclear waste into glass. This method is ideal for tank, mixed, debris-laden or pre-containerized waste streams where temperature, glass, and former process flexibility is important to address waste streams with varying and/or challenging chemistries and densities. GeoMelt® is a commonly used substance wordwide and has several different applications.
Kurion actively targets Class B or C nuclear power plant primary or radwaste resins, filters, sludges; sealed sources; and those required by customers to be vitrified, such as certain Hanford Low Activity Wastes (LAW) for processing and demonstration of capabilities..
Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Chairman and CEO of Perma-Fix, stated, "We believe that this collaboration will allow us to treat a variety of highly complex nuclear waste streams that we believe currently have no
other commercially available treatment and disposal options. We are excited to work exclusively with Kurion in advancing this discriminating technology in the U.S. and other strategic markets."
Ralph DiSilbo, Chairman and CEO of Kurion, added, "Perma-Fix, a pioneer and technology leader in treating a variety of nuclear waste streams, is the ideal partner to help further our own advanced technologies. Together, we look forward to addressing some of the most challenging nuclear waste streams around the world. Perma-Fix's permitted facilities including its Perma-Fix Northwest facility in Hanford, Washington, are ideally suited for processing a variety of domestic nuclear waste streams."
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